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Liberia, College scholarships

Two students from the school in Grandcess received onward scholarship to college.

One has gone to Pleebo & another to Harper.

Pastoral Experience Overview (Brother Godfrey Nemah) 2008

Last modified on 2011-07-29 10:09:14 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I was in Grand Cess in 2007 when Help a Child visited the village and I was subsequently asked if I would contribute to this blog, here is my first installment.

According to one of the regulations of the Diocese of Cape Palmas, Liberia regarding the formation of candidates for the Celibate Catholic Priesthood, every seminarian must do a year of pastoral work at the end of his philosophical studies. This is to ensure a proper pastoral formation of the candidate; also it gives the candidate firsthand knowledge about the people he will work with as a priest when he is eventually ordained.

It is due to the above that I was posted to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Grand-cess, Grand Kru County, Liberia.

My primary responsibilities were to teach in the Catholic schools and to spread the Catholic faith by teaching the Church’s Doctrine both in the schools and to adults who needed to receive the Sacraments.

I also led the communities in Prayer Services in the absence of the priests I was assigned to work with. More importantly, I spent much of my time with young people who were at school age but could not afford to pay their own tuitions probably because they lost their parents during the Liberian Civil War or their parents were alive but could not just afford to send them to school due to poverty.

I was very interested to note at first that some of those boys and girls, who were very serious to attain at least high school education, either went out fishing or harvested palm nuts to sell so as to pay for their tuition at the end of the day.

Many of them were exposed to the danger of either drowning or falling from a the very tall palm trees on a daily basis.

In situations like the ones mentioned, I asked myself several questions such as:

  • How much money can these boys and girls earn at the end of the day to solve these problems?

  • If any of them is a victim of accident in the process of their life, who takes care of the hospital bills?

  • How are they fed and provided for daily anyway?

Carving out a megre life from so little with so many risks and little education if any, I found very humbling.

Many of my questions of the lives of these contented peoples were left unanswered during my pastoral year.

Some of the children and families were even appealing to me for help but I was financially incapacitated to have done something to solve their problems.

Fortunately, “help a child” came to see the students of in Grand-cess while I was still at work with these problems that were bothering me.

Help a Child made many children beneficiaries of a scholarship, it was easy to contact them.

Indeed, Help a Child accepted the request and almost all of these children in the village.

The minimal requirement expected of them to continuously enjoy this scholarship is to remain studious so as to attain a pass mark every term.

I received a message from the principal of St. Francis High School that some of these children have now unbelievably progresses to the almost unheard of progression of their studies at the colleges in Pleebo and Harper Cities respectively at ” help a child’s” expense.

According to the principle, these are children are those who proved themselves as the best in Grand Cess and are doing well at college.

Small changes to Liberia from the likes of Help a Child will undoubtably make a big difference.

I will write again soon..

Godfrey

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