Street Child to Empower Amputees, LAFASA Members

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Street Child of Liberia’s program director Michael John Bull last Friday assured Liberian amputees his organization’s interest to empower and make them self-sufficient.

The meeting was held at the Slipway Playground in Monrovia.

The program, targeting two hundred amputees in Montserrado County, will ensure that the children of the beneficiaries are actively in school.

The future of Liberia and particularly their own future belongs to their children, Bull said, and wondered how well they are educating their children to face the future with confidence.

“The Street Child of Liberia will also make sure that you receive a form of a business grant that will keep you going,” Bull said.

He told the gathering, including members of the Liberia Amputee and Football Association Sports Association that being physically challenged does not mean they cannot be successful in life.

He urged them to have positive and development mindset to improve on their living standards.

In an interactive forum, Bull encouraged the future beneficiaries not to give up in life despite their physical infirmities.

“There is no dignity in begging,” he told the gathering, as they cheered, “Street Child of Liberia is here to stay and please cooperate with us.”

The future beneficiaries, some of whom claimed they are parents to more than three children, received further encouragement on how to continue the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.

“We can defeat the Ebola virus,” Bull, who promised to provide Ebola preventive materials to the amputee organization, LAFASA, said, “if you do your part by following all the instructions of the Liberian government.”

He stressed on the importance of working together with the Liberian government to fight against the deadly Ebola virus, and assured them of his organization’s total support.

Commending Street Child of Liberia for the project, was Mr. Daikutoo D. Zaza, who appealed to other philanthropic organizations, as well as the Liberian government to learn the practical assistance of Street Child of Liberia.

LAFASA president Cooper Melvin Gotten expressed appreciation for the opportunity and promised to ensure success of the project, noting, “It is my administration’s priority to indentify such a meaningful project to benefit my people.”

Street Child of Liberia, a child advocacy group is supported by Street Child UK, a charity, established in 2008. It aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa. It began in Sierra Leone and established its Liberian branch, when director Bull completed a study here and recommended Street Child of Liberia’s establishment.

Street Child's principal focus is to help street children reunify with their parents and have another chance to go to school, along with a grant to help the family. Last March, SCoL took a team of nine Liberian youth to participate in the second edition of the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, and recently provided food and Ebola preventive materials in the cost of USD10, 650.00 to quarantined members and others in West Point.

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