By A. Omaska Jallah
In an effort to restore the hope of underprivileged Liberian students following the devastating Ebola crisis in the country, Liberians residing in Australia have identified with some of those children.
Liberians under the banner ‘Liberia Association of Queensland in Brisbane’ Australia gave out educational materials including book bags, copybooks, pencils and other valuable educational materials.
Grace Freedom Institute, a makeshift elementary school in New Georgia, Gardnersville with 98 students is the only beneficiary of the materials in Monrovia.
Addressing a team of reporters following the distribution on Thursday, an advisor to the president of the Liberian Association of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, Nementobor Martin Kpahn said it all started few years ago when Liberians residing in Australia decided to help children affected by the Ebola virus disease.
According to Kpahn, Liberians in Queensland were only interested in buying educational materials for the children and the education of indigent Liberians back home.
Kpahn disclosed that similar distribution will take place in Ganta and Tappita cities in Nimba County following the distribution in Monrovia.
At the same time, two of the beneficiaries thanked Liberians based in Queensland for addressing their needs.
For his part, Rev. Johnson Dweh, pastor of the Church in whose efforts the school was established, thanked those Liberians for thinking about Grace Freedom Institute.
Pastor Dweh said since its establishment, the school has had some challenges, but continues to use academic excellence as a benchmark.
He thanked the group for identifying with the students who he said are coming from ‘economically challenged homes’ and as such, the donation means a lot to them.