Q. Why Liberia?
A. A Nigerian missionary priest ministered in St. Augustine’s parish for a year, and he communicated many things about Africa during his stay. Some parishioners from local churches were moved into action. Subsequently a 20′ x 8′ container was sent to Liberia in December 2006. The container has been followed up with this Help a Child Africa charity to make a difference by helping to send children to school.
Q. What made you choose education and not food, water or healthcare?
A. Having visited those in need in Liberia, whilst food is scarce and healthcare is poor, education was seen as something that could make a difference for a better future for all.
The children are the future of countries like Liberia, offering a chance for stability, economic growth, improved governance, and a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Yet they will never be able to reach their full potential without an education.
Q. Where do our donations go?
A. Help a Child Africa donations mainly go to St. Patrick’s school in Grand Cess, Liberia. Here we are supporting about 100 children to get an education from the ages of 4 to 18.
Q. How do our donations get there?
A. Donations to Help a Child Africa are paid directly into the Help a Child Africa bank account and we also recover income tax on the gift-aided donations which adds 25% to the donation. At regular intervals monies are transferred to the in-country representatives using the safest and most cost effective method available. The in-country representative in Grand Cess is the local priest of St. Patrick’s Church, Father Francis Topor II and in Monrovia is The Vicar General Father Charles Boyce.
From UNICEF’s publication The State of the World’s Children using country statistics from 2013
• 49% of the population are under 18
• 59% of primary school aged children are out of school
• only 17.7% of boys and 16.6% of girls of secondary school age are in school
A quote from a helper among the children in Monrovia 2003 ‘One bad leader and you destroy the country; one good leader and you build a country.’
Saint Mother Teresa: We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.