About two hundred and fifty Ebola orphans have reason to smile as “Inner City Missions”, a special program of the Christ Embassy Church, underwrites their tuition and other costs for 2018/2019 academic school year.
The tuition cost of the orphans is about US$35,000, excluding school materials, which include book bags, uniforms, launch kits, and copy books.
The Ebola orphans were selected in Paynesville, Gardnersville, Clara Town, West Point and Brewerville with the help of Ebola Survival Network of Liberia (ESNL) leadership.
According to the head of Inner City Missions of Christ Embassy, Pastor Alfred W. Mason, the initiative is to restore hope to orphans, who lost their parents during the height of the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015.
Mason also decried the country’s current economic crisis, something which he said could hinder under-privileged parents from sending their children to school.
He said it is God, who inspired him to undertake the program, which Christ Embassy Worldwide is implementing for the first time in Liberia, because of the many challenges citizens are faced with, specifically those orphaned by the Ebola upsurge.
“The Bible says we should be our brothers’ keepers. Therefore, as a church that knows the prevailing situations, we understand that not every parent will have the financial hand to send their children to school this year,” Mason said.
He added, “in this direction, I have prayed for spirit of God to bless me look after the orphans, particularly those who came to be orphans as a result of the Ebola outbreak.”
Mr. Mason has meanwhile pledged his Church’s commitment to decentralize the program in the near future.
He described education as a vital key and bedrock of any nation, and therefore called on other Liberians and institutions to emulate the Christ Embassy’s good example to identify with any of the underprivileged child in the country.
Pastor Mason said that if Liberia must rapidly recover from its under-development, the education of every child must be taken seriously.
The vice president of the National Ebola Survival Network of Liberia, T. Randall Varney, expressed gratitude to the Christ Embassy Church, and described the initiative as a milestone progress set into action by members of Christ Embassy.
Varney wants relatives of the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunities to improving the lives of their children. He also pledged the Network’s commitment to working with orphans by monitoring and evaluating them to ensure that the resources are not abused by them.
He said that the organization is currently operating in over ten counties with over 5000 survivors, and 10,000 orphans in the country significantly benefiting.
Varney pleaded with the Christ Embassy Church to extend the program in every part of the country to assist other needy orphans.