A day after Street Child provided a U$5,000.00 grant to parents of 50 amputee children to ensure their sustainability, in the Elizabeth Legacy of Hope project, another group of 56 parents last Thursday, each received U$100.00, amounting to U$5,600.00.
The beneficiaries were parents whose children, over 400, were removed from the street and reunited with them, through counseling and education.
Providing the seed money to the beneficiaries at a program held in the auditorium of the Educational Promoters of Chocolate City, near Gardnersville, Monrovia, and Coordinator June Rose-Dangbuah told the parents that the seed money must be used in accordance with how to start and manage a business, at the end of seminar that preceded the distribution.
The seminar was assisted by social work coordinator Rose Clarke, and the topics discussed were ‘price setting, inventory management, how to handle customers as well as difficult customers.
Also examined was problem solving drills in business and why a business succeeds.
Coordinator Clarke spoke to the parents on how to manage their children, particularly their teenage daughters to succeed where they did not as teenagers.
“Help your children not to make the mistakes that you made growing up,” she urged, “because teenage girls are difficult to deal with at certain period in their lives. Continue to encourage them to know the dangers of rushing into life.”
In a somber mood, Clarke explained the uncertainties of life when care is not considered in dealing with children, particularly teenagers.
“Street Child will keep checking on you,” she told them, “so I beg you manage this seed money the best way you can.”
A spokesperson for the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to Street Child and assured maximum use of the knowledge gained in the seminar to ensure sustainability.
The program was assisted by a team of Street Child of Liberia volunteers, along with Ebola Project coordinator, Kaba Y. Moore, and Ms. Edwina Fully, coordinator of the Elizabeth Legacy of Hope project.
Street Child of Liberia is a child advocacy group supported by Street Child UK. It has provided financial and material support to children made orphans by the current Ebola epidemic, and represented Liberia in the last Street Child World Cup in Brazil.