By Edwin G. Wandah
The Liberia Teachers Training Program (LTTP) in collaboration with the European Union on Thursday donated over 900 textbooks to the Konola SDA Mission School.
Presenting the textbooks to the school’s administration, LTTP Chief of Party, Michael V. Blundell, said the donation was in consideration of the recent storm that damaged several buildings of the Mission, including the Library of the Mission.
Blundell further stated that as a way of partnering with the institutions that have been hit by this natural disaster, LTTP sees it necessary to extend support to the school. He also said, some of the textbooks were written by Liberian writers and authors.
The LTTP Chief of Party Michael Blundell who shivered when he first set his feet on the grounds of the Konola Mission could highly believe the level of destruction caused by the storm. “I am indeed sorry for this kind of disaster; we are deeply in solidarity with you and the entire Konola Mission family for great pain and agony, and it is our hope that you overcome this,” the LTTP Chief of Party stated.
For her part, Konola Mission Principal, Rebecca D. Yealu, lauded LTTP Chief of Party Blundell and delegate for the donation and promised to use the textbooks for the benefit of the students’ academic sojourn.
“We are very grateful to you for this donation; we were not expecting this, but it came on time,” Madam Yealu stated.
Speaking to journalists, Madam Yealu said, on the 12th of April this year, a heavy wind blew, damaging the roof of several of the building including the Staff houses, the cafeteria, the library and the chapel.
“It was devastating; the students were just about to study when we started to hear the sound of the wind which was like normal rain, but quickly turned into a very dangerous storm thereby forcing us to move the entire campus to a safe environment,” Madam Yealu stated.
“Thanks to the Vice Principal of the Republic of Liberia Joseph Boakai who came to our call, along with other persons, including the SDA Church that today, we can at least breathe freely,” Madam Rebecca D. Yealu averred.
Some of the students, including the Students Council President, Morris Mulbah told the Inquirer that it was by the grace of God that their lives were spared.
Speaking further, Morris Mulbah told journalists that had it not been the Principal and the Administration, there would have not been a place for them to spend the night on the agonic night, when the storm damaged the campus.
The program was attended by officials of LTTP including LTTP Chief of Party Michael Blundell, Senior Communication Advisor, Victor Obiora Ogbodo and LTTP Communication and Publication Officer, Robert Karpeh Reeves while Konola Mission Principal Rebecca D. Yealu, VPA Paul A. Sheriff and Konola Mission Vice Principal for Instruction, Jackson Y.S Bono also graced the occasion.