The disabled community will this Christmas season have a reason to smile as Dr. Malachi Z. York Foundation in collaboration with LIFESPAN-Liberia has announced a package of white canes, cash and food items.
Representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Information are expected to attend the donation ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, December 19 at the campus of the School of the Blind and the Deaf in Virginia, Lower Montserrado County.
According to a press release from the Foundation, the amount of US$1000 and 80 canes will be presented to provide fuel, upkeep of the international sign language education and the easy movements of the visually impaired persons.
It can be recalled that on July 2 of this year, the Foundation partnered with the Liberia School of the Deaf and implemented the International Standard Language Education (ISLE) Program.
The York Foundation partnership with LIFESPAN-Liberia was launched to have American Sign Language (ASL) educators throughout the world teach the students at the Liberia School of the Deaf via a live online platform accessed through the portable Wi-Fi laptop.
A monitor and generator donated by the Foundation for the implementation of the pilot program are used for the educational process in Liberia. This program is realized by a partnership with Dr. Ashia James of Educational Hands, LLC. Dr. James is a Certified ASL Interpreter in the United States and professor at the University of Georgia at Athens. On every Friday, Educational Hands holds an instructional class for the students at the Liberia School of the Deaf, which assists them in standardized communication.
“Our ongoing partnership with the Liberia School of the Deaf includes an agenda that will generate and pull donors and sponsors to the school as outlined in our memorandum of understanding, and to actively take part in a concentrated effort to assist in the education of students and the maintenance of the school, food expenses, staff salary, and stationery costs at its location in Virginia in Montserrado County, or any other location(s) where the School of the Deaf may be interested in opening its annex,” the release said.
The release further said that the Foundation’s new partnership with the Liberia School of the Blind will implement a community agricultural program in partnership with Habesha, Inc., a non-profit organization located in the United States and Ghana. Habesha aims to create sustainable income as well as value and skills addition to the students that will assist them in gaining income after graduation.
These programs are to be specifically aligned with the national agricultural plan of President George Weah’s Pro-poor agenda to allow people with disabilities to actively participate and assist in Liberia’s national development.