At least 50 parents of former street children, who received a grant of $100 (US) each from Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL) have been told to use the money for its intended purpose.
Street Child’s Project Coordinator for Sustainability, Mrs. June-Rose Dangbuah, told the beneficiaries to apply ideas gained from an earlier workshop that preceded the distribution, to help their children.
The program, held at the premises of the Educational Promoters in Chocolate City, Gardnersville near Monrovia, was attended by the selected beneficiaries, majority women.
The workshop, conducted from 8a.m. to 1p.m, took the participants through basic information on running a business successfully, with resources available.
She explained that the grant is meant to empower them, with the overall objective of providing for their children’s education and economic needs.
Presenting the grant to individual members, SCOL’s board member, Andrew Kemokai, Sr., said it is the first of its kind in the country for an advocacy group to provide funds to encourage the sustainability of their beneficiaries.
“Use the money wisely for the children,” Kemokai said, “so that the next 50 persons can also benefit from the next grant.”
Assisted by another board member, Sumo S. Dangbuah, Kemokai appealed to the beneficiaries to engage in modest businesses that with time could generate the needed income to also take care of their children’s education.
A member of the beneficiary, on behalf of the group expressed appreciation for the grant and assured that the money would be used properly.
“We want other groups to follow your example,” the spokesman said, “so that we can help our children.”
It is the second time that Street Child has dished out grants to support its beneficiaries in its Family Business Scheme. The organization recently expanded its humanitarian activities to provide material assistance to include children who lost both parents to the Ebola Virus Disease, assisting 195 orphans from 72 families with emergency food aid in Dolo Town, Margibi County and VOA in Montserrado County.