Child advocacy group, Street Child, yesterday started making payments of school fees for 40 children attending various academic institutions in Monrovia and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The payments of L$3,040 per student were made at the Vine Institute; the Maranatha Baptist School; and the Angeline Norma Watta Allison Memorial Foundation Institute, all in Caldwell, near Monrovia.
The beneficiaries are Junior Palay, 11; Kamara Kpehe, 10, Success Kpehe, 9, and Veronica Wilson, 6. Others are William Palay, 12, Ishmael Kiazolu, 7, Princess Wesseh, 13 and Samuel King (age unknown).
The beneficiary from the St. Lawrence Elementary School in New Kru Town was Darius Paye, 12.
Five young students at the Educational Promoters School in Chocolate City, Gardnersville, also benefitted from the program. They are James Theoway, 8 (3rd grade); Sarah Benture, 12 (4th grade); Jesse Bumba, 13 (2nd grade); Mercy Joe, 9 (1st grade); and Mary Johnson, 11 (2nd grade).
The team of Street Child volunteers making the payments is made up of Sustainability Project Coordinator June Rose-Dangbuah, Psychosocial Project Coordinator Kaba Y. Moore and Street Work Coordinator Teh Bodio.
The team will continue making the payments this morning on Old Road to benefit Mariele Godfred, 9 (1st grade), Babygirl Johnny, 10 (1st grade), Ezekiel Togba, 13 (2nd grade), and Nutia Karyeah, 13 (2nd grade).
The team will also travel to Buchanan this afternoon to complete tuition payments for 15 children. Five of the students are Maley Seiley, 6 (2nd grade), Constance Bah, 10(2nd grade), Jacquiline Bowdio, 13 (4th grade), Smith Taylor, 12 (3rd grade), and Wosia Davis, 14 (6th grade.).
They are registered at Easy Scholarship, Concerned Women and Kpannis Town Public Schools.
Sustainability Coordinator Dangbuah said the other beneficiaries in Montserrado and Cape Mount Counties would be next to benefit from Street Child’s tuition largesse.
There are more than 400 children who are being sponsored by Street Child in various schools in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Cape Mount Counties.
At one of the schools, the beneficiaries displayed a “Thank You Jackson” message in appreciation of a Street Child UK fundraiser for raising the money to fulfill their tuition obligations.