SunRise Forever Incorporated, based in the United States of America, has distributed 750 book bags and other essential school materials to pupils in Montserrado, Bomi, Nimba, Bong and Margibi counties.
The entity’s aim is to help poverty-stricken parents by putting smiles on kids’ faces.
SunRise Forever is a non-political organization established under the laws of the State of Rhode Island, USA. It is involved with humanitarian, educational and development activities both in United States and West Africa, specifically in Liberia.
The Board Chairperson, Dr. Carla White Ellis, said the delegation’s visit is extremely rewarding, especially interacting with the school-going kids.
Dr. Ellis said the donation was a goodwill gesture of hundreds of Americans who helped to make the Liberian kids happy.
SunRise president and executive director, Mrs. Alice D. Howard, told the Daily Observer in an interview that the initiative to identity with the pupils is aimed at reducing some school burdens for the parents.
“We are basically looking at kids in elementary school to enhance their learning process by blessing them with book bags, erasers and pencils. We know that it is important to get a solid foundation, which will help the students to leap forward in their academic sojourn,” Mrs. Howard said.
She said the SunRise Forever does not have any relationship with any of the schools or students who benefited from the gesture.
She said the organization looks forward to enhancing the learning of Liberian children, “so when people give names of schools, we work with the administration to benefit from our goodwill gesture.”
Mrs. Howard was accompanied by members of her delegation for the presentation. They all separately spoke of the many good people in the United States that believe in supporting education activities in Liberia.
While making the donation, the delegation said they were overwhelmed by the level of reception from the kids and school administrators, because the beneficiaries were excited and appreciative of the book bags and other instructional materials.
“We supported 500 kids in five different schools last year, and decided to support ten different schools this year to relief parents of the struggle to support a single child in school,” Mrs. Howard said.
Schools that received the gift items were Dya Wulu Cooperative Learning Center in Paynesville, Kids for Peace Academy in Johnsonville, Todee W. Institute in Margibi County, Excellence Chapel Institute in New Matilda, New Born Christian Daycare in Bong County, Faith Baptist Church Mission in Nimba County, Chrida Faith Foundation in Paynesville, and Gbarnga Training Institute.
“While making the donation, we ask each of the beneficiaries to promise themselves by ensuring that they will do their homework and study well, because education is the key to success,” Dr. Ellis added.
The five-member delegation included Mrs. Alice D. Howard, Dr. Carla White Ellis, Mrs. Doris Norman, SunRise’s Board co-chair, Rebecca D. Nyeswa, head of financial, and Eva Fofana, co-chair of social development.
Organized a year ago in the United States, SunRise’s objective is to seek for materials and other support from humanitarian groups in the U.S., to support Liberian kids in their educational pursuits.