As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), with the support of its partners, has donated several assorted food and non-food items to the Liberia School for the Blind in Virginia, outside Monrovia, according to a press release yesterday from the LRA.
Items donated included rice, chicken, oil, popcorn, sunglasses, a package of Braille literature, assorted school materials and a water tank.
Presenting the items on Sunday, December 17, in Virginia, LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said the CSR initiative was to identify with students and staff of the school, aimed at putting smiles on their faces during this festive season.
“The Liberia Revenue Authority has come to give you few items so you can have a good celebration of the holidays,” the CG noted, adding that the work of the LRA is a work for the national good.
Tamba said the LRA’s work is difficult; but the more the LRA collects, the more the Government of Liberia is empowered to increase support to all, including the challenged.
CG Tamba commended the staff of the Liberia School for the Blind for helping to provide education to blind students.
In response, the school’s Guiding Counselor, Esther Nyanti, thanked CG Tamba and the LRA family for the donation, which she described as ‘timely.’
“Identifying with the Liberia School for the Blind, especially during this festive season, was a meaningful contribution well appreciated by the school. With this donation, it means we are going to have a great celebration with our students,” Madam Nyanti pointed out amid cheers from the jubilant school kids.
She reaffirmed the school’s commitment to work with the LRA to promote tax awareness and civic responsibility in order to better the lives of children of ‘Mama Liberia’ to include those facing sight and other physical challenges.
In July of this year, the LRA signed an MoU with the Liberia School for the Blind intended to empower and work with the visually impaired to engage into tax awareness and education, while at the same time providing employment opportunities for them. The LRA has employed one visually impaired person.
The MoU indicates that the LRA will collaborate with the Liberia School for the Blind in carrying out the production of educative tax dramas and jingles as well as hosting of quizzing competitions. The School of the Blind last year converted the Liberia Revenue Code into Braille in order to facilitate the collaboration and preparedness of the selected visually impaired persons in the tax education and awareness project to be undertaken, commencing January 2018.