By Antoinette Sendolo
The Inquirer Newspaper yesterday donated several food items to the Abundant Life Chapel Taffi Dollars Children’s Welfare Center in Lower Margibi in observance of its twenty fourth anniversary.
The donation according to the Inquirer Boss, Philip Wesseh, is the institution’s own way of identifying with the center where about hundred Ebola orphans and other homeless children are currently residing.
Presenting the items on behalf of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Wesseh said it was indeed a great initiative taken by the heads of the Abundant Life Chapel Taffi Dollars Children’s Welfare Center because there are lots of children who lost their parents due to the outbreak of the virus adding that the opening of the center is timely and very important.
He called on other institutions working with children in the country to help provide support for the center in order to help them continue the good work they have started stressing that it is not an easy task to provide care for children especially those who lost their parents to the deadly Ebola virus.
Mr. Wesseh however appreciated the staff of the Abundant Life Chapel Taffi Dollars Children’s Welfare Center for their works done so far and he also encouraged them to remain focused as they try to help the children who he prognosticated as the future leaders of Liberia.
“I know it is not an easy thing to provide care for the less fortunate children but I want to say thanks for what you have started and I hope that other humanitarian institutions and even the government can come in to help,” Mr. Wesseh added.
Receiving the items on behalf of the center, the Director of the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center, Mr. Wilmot Yalartai expressed thanks to the Inquirer Newspaper for being thoughtful and assured that his institution will continue to help children who are in need especially those who lost their parents to the Ebola virus.
Mr. Yalartai disclosed that ninety percent of the children at the center are survivors of the Ebola virus and those who lost their parents due to the outbreak of the virus in the country adding that most of the children were taken from Dolo’s Town and other Ebola affected communities.
He said the center serves as an encouragement for orphans, the poor, less fortunate and abandoned children in the society in order to create an enabling environment for those children to learn and pursue their purpose of creation and accomplish God’s desire for their existence.
The Taffi Children’s Welfare Center is currently providing care and free primary education for about hundred children most of whom lost their parents to the deadly Ebola virus and is expected to have increase in the numbers of children at the center.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph Boakai yesterday congratulated the paper for its existence over the years and praised the paper for “still being in there” despite all of the challenges. He described the event as a “milestone.”
Also, eminent Liberian politician, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh also congratulated the paper on its anniversary and hailed the newspaper for its, respect “for meritism, where assignments/promotions/rewards are given to a person because the person demonstrates commitment to telling the truth. Within the context of telling the truth, one is designated a task with attendant benefits on the basis of record/performance rather than on the basis of money used to influence decisions. Then, there is respect for the culture of justice where people are treated fairly, demonstrating that the pen is mightier than the sword, thereby inspiring people, especially the youth, to use non-violent methods in attending to problems, no matter how difficult.”
In a related development, The Carter Center yesterday lauded the newspaper for its many services and its Chief of Party; Pewee Flomoku donated a Thermo-flash to the Inquirer Newspaper as his institution’s own way of identifying with the Inquirer Newspaper as the Ebola fight continues in the country.
On behalf of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip Wesseh appreciated all those who remembered the Institution through calls, congratulatory messages and expressed thanks at the same time to the Carter Center adding that the donation was timely and it is important to the fight against the Ebola virus.