Providence Baptist Church, the nation’s oldest church, last month broke ground for the first-ever orphan home for children who survived the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The initiative, which took place at the church’s medical center at Bo-Waterside, Grand Cape Mount County, is being spearheaded by the Providence Foundation, Inc.
The project, estimated at US$2m, will cater exclusively to Ebola-made orphans.
The head of the project, Deacon Jehu Richardson, told the gathering the initiative is the church's contribution to identify with Ebola orphans in the country and as part of its corporate social responsibility.
“Everything happens for a purpose and as such, the church has seen the need to restore the hopes of those children who have lost their parents as a result of the deadly scourge,” the soft spoken deacon said.
Also speaking, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves said the first ever ‘state of the art complex’ will be named in honor of two of the church’s outstanding deacons, Fannie C. Reeves and J. Eva George.
The proposed ‘Fannie C. Reeves – J. Eva George Children’s Village,’ Dr. Reeves said, represents a milestone in the history of the church whose focus is on building a church where lives are radically changed and disciples intentionally made.
“This project will help bring up those children in the right and proper way to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the country,” Dr. Reeves asserted.
He used the occasion to call on philanthropic organizations, including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), the United States Embassy and other international partners to join the church in executing the project.
Forming a partnership with the project is the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), represented by Bro. Rudolph Merab and Rev. Christopher Marshall.
Mr. Merab, on behalf of UMC Bishop John G. Innis, expressed thanks and appreciation for what he described as “a wonderful endeavor.” He later presented a check for US$1,000 as an initial contribution on behalf of the Methodist Church.