As school children return to their respective classrooms this week following seven months of Ebola-related school closure, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) and its partners, Global Fund for Children and the Cornerstone Community Church in USA, have provided over USD2,000 worth of school materials to assist them.
The items included copybooks, crayons, sharpeners, erasers geometry sets and book-bags.
Donating the items on behalf of her partners last Thursday, the executive director of THINK-Liberia, Mrs. Rosana Schaak, said the program started three years ago, when Global Fund for Children visited Liberia to see what THINK was involved in.
According to her, while in Liberia they found out that many children were not in school and parents also complained about tuition fees.
Based on this need, THINK and partners decided to help enable children of low income families to attend school.
“Right now, we are paying tuition in private and government schools for 50 students and an additional 57 are on our scholarships,” she said.
Ms. Schaak acknowledged donors that have come to the rescue of the Liberian children.
Moreover, she said, in the near future THINK WILL also assist children that are affected by Ebola.
The THINK executive director then urged the students to study hard and make good grades so that they would remain on the scholarship.
“No going to video club, no walking about; you study hard so that when we receive your report cards and forward them to our partners they will be happy to continue supporting you,” she told them.
Receiving the gesture, student Rachel Johnson extended gratitude to the organization and its partners for the gifts.
THINK is a faith-based, Liberian non-governmental organization established in 2003.
The organization focuses on the rights and well-being of women and children, notably ‘war wives’ of fighting forces, other victims of sexual violence and child mothers.
Since 2003, Think-Liberia has provided the following services to Liberians: safe homes where victims of sexual violence are given psychological support; rehabilitation homes in Paynesville, Monrovia and Buchanan; a learning enrichment program where children are tutored and a participatory action research program focusing on the reintegration of girl mothers.