Journalist Identifies with Disabled Community

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Gloria Tamba (center) presents the gifts to Mr. Beyan Kota of CAB

Gloria T. Tamba, A young female Liberian journalist could not have thought of a better way to celebrate her 25th birth anniversary than to identify with the disadvantaged in her community—putting smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries, many of whom are kids.

Ms. Tamba, who celebrated her birthday on October 28, began her celebration earlier and in a little modest way when she, on Saturday, the 27th, took food and non-food items to the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB) Resource Center in the R2 Community on the RIA highway. CAB is headed by Mr. Beyan Kota. The young journalist presented eight bags of 25kg rice, a gallon of oil and other food items.

Ms. Tamba said in the midst of the prevailing harsh economic realities, she thought not to have an elaborate celebration, but to visit CAB and see how the kids were doing.

“Our disabled brothers and sisters are at the margin of society and so we must come to visit and identify with them. This is the best way I thought to celebrate my birthday. I’m glad that we have come here to see you guys,” she noted, during the presentation.

Every household is facing resource constraints, and for the less fortunate, Ms. Tamba thought, they are feeling the deadliest shock of the economic crisis.

“I would have loved to do better than what I’m doing here today, but I’m also a struggling young woman. I don’t have much. But there is a need to help these people. The privileged in the society must come to their aid. They are in need of help at every step along the way,” she said.

In brief remarks, Mr. Kota lauded her for thinking about the blind at such a critical time. “We really want to appreciate you not really of the things you have brought, but as young, as you are, having the slighted thought of coming to see us. This is unprecedented. I must appreciate you for your kind heart.”

He said there are many Liberians who are living comfortable lives but do not think about their brethren who cannot fend for themselves. “God will truly reward Gloria. You are a humanitarian who knows where those who are in need are. We truly appreciate your gifts,” he said.

He also enumerated some of the challenges that the center currently faces and called on others to follow the example of Ms. Tamba by extending a helping hand to the group.

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