First nine Liberian young boys were sent to represent the country in the Street Child World Cup, two weeks before the regular World Cup, and that experience has changed their lives, who are now known as ambassadors.
Then, the non-profit organization provided financial grants, totaling over U$22,610.00 to 211 parents whose children have been rescued from the streets and reunited with them.
In an appreciation meeting with founder and CEO of Street Child of Liberia, Tom Dannatt, yesterday, parents who benefitted from the grant, expressed appreciation for the assistance and told him, “God will bless his efforts.”
Dannatt, who is in the country to assess the work of Street Child of Liberia, said he is impressed with the success of SCoL, and noted that he never anticipated the progress so far, and commended parents whose children have benefitted from the program, for making a difference.
“We started the financial assistance scheme four years ago in Sierra Leone and those who have followed the scheme are doing well,” he told the women outside T.G.H. Apartments in Tarrtown, near Sinkor, Old Road in Monrovia.
He urged them to ensure that they make daily savings to let the scheme help their efforts to educate their children.
“I work with Chloe to raise funds from companies and philanthropists in Europe,” he told the crowd of mostly women, “to make sure that Liberia’s street children are reunited with their parents.” He told them to be determined to change the economic destiny for the better.
Dannatt told the cheering women that children deserve better support, particularly those who survive on the streets of Monrovia and do not have any hope.
He also commended Street Child of Liberia’s program director Michael John Bull, and other volunteers for living the dream, and urged them to work to save Liberia’s future. Earlier, Michael John Bull had introduced the women to founder Dannatt. He is in the country with Chloe Dannatt, who is responsible for the Africa program.
Ms. Dannatt who arrived in the country late last week, visited the organization’s projects in Buchannan, Grand Bassa and Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount Counties.
Street Child is a UK-based charity, with the primarily purpose to reduce street children, first in Freetown, Sierra Leone and now in Liberia.