At least fifty Liberian parents yesterday received U$100.00 each, amounting to U$5,000.00 from Street Child of Liberia, through Street Child UK, as part of its Family Business Scheme.
Presenting the amount at a program held at the auditorium of the Educational Promoters in Chocolate City, Gardnersville, its board member, Sumo Dangbuah told the beneficiaries, majority of them women, “This grant is meant to help you make businesses to ensure that your children don’t return to the street.”
It is Street Child’s second grant presentation, held at the same venue a couple of weeks ago, which also awarded 50 parents, each receiving U$100.00.
The parents are beneficiaries of Street Child whose children were identified, registered and reunited with them. Described as Family Business Scheme, the grant is to ensure their sustainability, according to the Project’s coordinator Mrs. June-Rose Dangbuah.
Mrs. Dangbuah told the Daily Observer that the beneficiaries went through a day-long ‘how to start and manage a business seminar.’
Beneficiaries interviewed by the Daily Observer expressed appreciation for the grant and promised to use the money and the knowledge gained at the seminar to help their children.
“We are excited at this program,” a spokesperson told the Daily Observer, “this money can help us.”
There are more than 400 children beneficiaries in the Street Child of Liberia program.
He said through a process of counseling, Street Child provides families of street children a package of support that aims to enable them to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and to afford the costs of educating their children. Yesterday’s program was assisted by a team of Street Child of Liberia volunteers.