At least 50 parents of amputee children, with one as young as three years old, yesterday each received U$100.00 from the Street Child of Liberia, SCOL.
The grant is part of SCOL’s family business scheme under the Elizabeth Legacy of Hope project, with Ms. Edwina Fully as its coordinator.
Presenting the grant in a sealed envelop to the beneficiaries, SCOL’s board member Andrew Kemokai Sr., urged the parents to use the grant to provide assistance to their children.
The program, held at the Educational Promoters‘ auditoriaum in Chocolate City, near Gardnersville, Monrovia brought together parents of the beneficiaries who expressed appreciation for the grant.
“We want to tell Street Child of Liberia thank you,“ said an enthusiastic Rev. Samuel G. Kpadeah, whose eleven year-old son is an amputee.
Rev. Kpadeah appealed to other humanitarian organizations to follow the example of Street Child of Liberia to empower parents to help their families.
According to SCOL’s coordinator for sustainability, June Rose-Dangbuah, the beneficiaries went through a whole day seminar on how to do and manage a small business.
The program continues today at the same venue to benefit 69 children the organization picked from the streets of Monrovia, Buchannan and Cape Mount. Each parent of the 69 children would each receive U$100.00, as part of SCOL’s sustainability scheme, Mrs. Dangbuah said.
On Friday, SCOL’s volunteers will be in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County to provide U$100.00 each to parents of seven amputees who are part of the program.
Meanwhile, Street Child of Liberia is expected to underwrite prosthetics and other medical expenses for four amputees at the cost of U$17,430.00, coordinator Ms. Fully said.
Since last year, SCOL has helped hundreds of Liberian street children and managed to send a team to participate in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil. SCOL is supported by Street Child UK.