Girl, 11, Receives President’s Praise for Educating Needy Children

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President Sirleaf all ears as Little Israel Tarway makes a point

Young Israel J.S. Tarway, age 11, has received  high commendation from President Ellen  Johnson Sirleaf for her humanitarian gesture toward several less privileged children of her age group that are currently out of school due to lack of support from their needy parents and guardians.

During an audience with the President last Monday, Israel explained that upon realizing from a UN report the number of children  who are not in school in addition to those who suffer abuse , she decided to do something by catering to their educational needs.  “I saved my lunch everyday to help some children of my age who are unable to pay school fees. I am currently paying the school fees of 5 children here in Liberia, 3 at home with me who I am taking care of, while 2 are  in the Republic of Sierra Leone,” Tarway told President Sirleaf.

The President, moved by the young girl’s generosity and compassion, said, “Israel, I want to commend you for what you have done and continue to do for children. You are exceptional.”

Israel is a 7th Grade student of Spiritan Academy. She is a proud winner of the Princess Diana Award 2017, according to an Executive Mansion release.

President Sirleaf urged  Israel to pursue her dreams and consider her contribution to society as meaningful . She noted that her government has assisted many young children including girls to achieve their dreams at various levels.

President Sirleaf made an unspecified, generous contribution to the young humanitarian’s ‘charity box’ and pledged her continued support to girls’ education. She also praised Israel’s mother, Mrs. Amelia Tarway, who accompanied her daughter, for nurturing her into being a good child and for supporting her dreams.

Narrating Israel’s story, Mrs. Tarway said her daughter started to realize her dream at age 7. She said Israel had a box she referred to as her ‘charity box’, in which she put  money regularly. According to Mrs. Tarway, an account was opened at LBDI Bank for the safe-keeping and proper use of the money.

Israel thanked President Sirleaf for receiving her and her mother. She commended President Sirleaf for the outstanding leadership shown over the years and described her work as remarkable, particularly the level of peace sustained in the country and for promoting women, children and girls’ issues.

Israel, who appeared joyful, appealed to President Sirleaf for the opportunity to attend the inauguration of President-elect, George Manneh Weah and Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard-Taylor on January 22. She congratulated President Sirleaf and expressed the hope of becoming President of Liberia in the future.

Atty. Madina Wesseh, upon listening to Israel Tarway’s dreams and support to children, promised to help her achieve her dreams.

Mrs. Tarway thanked President Sirleaf for the warm reception accorded her and her daughter and for championing women and children’s issues.

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