Mrs. Ophelia Kennedy, the newly appointed country director of Street Child of Liberia (SCoL), has said the organization will expand its activities into more counties and build the capacity of its 70 social workers.
Madam Kennedy, in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia, said the core value of the organization is ensuring that street children are reunited with their parents and guardians as well as provide seed money in a sustainable business scheme.
According to her, she joined the organization at a time that the need to provide such support to kids is greater, in the wake of Liberia being declared Ebola transmission- free.
“I have reviewed the past activities of Street Child and I’m extremely impressed by the achievement so far,” Director Kennedy said.
Now operating in four counties of Montserrado, Bassa, Bomi and Margibi, involving over 1,500 kids, she said Street Child’s achievements have been remarkable.
“From records so far,” Director Kennedy said, “I must express appreciation to Street Child UK and all local social workers and other officers, as well as the support of the Liberian government through partnerships with the ministries of health, education and gender.”
Director Kennedy said the cooperation with the government and other institutions has been rewarding and must continue.
As Street Child anticipates further expansion into other counties, Director Kennedy is considering capacity building for every social worker with Street Child.
Since she began official duties two weeks’ ago, she said, “I’m also impressed at the commitment of our social workers because they show positive attitude to work.”
“I have no doubt that Street Child is on the move to deliver services to the most vulnerable part of our society, that is children who, one way or the other, need some intervention to regain their focus,” Director Kennedy said.
She spoke with confidence about five active projects, including Sustainability, headed by June-Rose Dangbuah; Ebola Virus Disease, under Kaba Y. Moore; Street Work, led by Teh Bowdior; Elizabeth Legacy of Hope, (ELOH) under Edwina Fully, and FBS, headed by Roger Geteminah.
She used the occasion to appeal to Street Child’s social workers to continue demonstrating positive attitude to the service of Liberian children to make the change that no money can buy.
Street Child Liberia’s program director is Michael John Bull. Among the current programs, the organization wants to resettle many Liberians, who are presently residing at the Palm Grove Cemetery in Monrovia.