….Ten Years of Operation in Liberia – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – Child Fund International is observing its 75th anniversary this year, which concomitantly coincides with the Organization’s 10 years of operation in Liberia.
Addressing a news conference recently in Monrovia in commemoration of the 75th global anniversary and ten of years of operation in Liberia, the Acting Country Director of Child Fund Liberia, Godfrey Mwelwa described child welfare as a critical issue that needs collective efforts.
According to Mr. Mwelwa, the demand on child welfare is a major challenge in Liberia, adding that it is appropriate to properly address child welfare across the world as one of the MDGs.
The Acting Country Director assured Liberians that as his entity celebrates ten years of operation in Liberia and 75 years of its existence as an International Charity, it would embark on new programs to better serve the children of Liberia.
Mr. Mwelwa noted that his Entity will work with the government, stake holders, both international and local partners ensuring that programs impact the lives of Liberian children.
Also speaking during the news conference on the contents of the Entity’s Programs, the Acting Program Manager, Shannon Kandoh named Early Childhood Care and Development, Basic Education and Community Health as programs Child Fund Liberia emphasizes for the next five years.
Mr. Kandoh said that there are great opportunities for Child Fund Liberia’s activities in the country, stressing that his Entity has put in the necessary programs that will eventually improve the lives of children, when it comes child issues in Liberia.
The Child Fund Liberia’s Acting Program Manager said under its Early Childhood Care and Development, the Entity will look at improving protection, security and care for vulnerable infants, children and ensure their well being and development.
Mr. Kandoh further disclosed that Child Fund Liberia’s Basic Education Program is intended to address the educational gaps in existing public and community schools.
He also stressed that the Community Health Program will focus on promoting maternal, neonatal, and Child Health Services, Integrated Community Case Management and Child Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, and HIV/AIDS prevention and response.
He also told news men that as Child Fund Liberia observes ten years in Liberia it infuses high level of dynamism in its operation, ensuring that it puts in place new strategies to improve its service delivery programs.
Since its formation in Liberia in 2003, Child Fund Liberia has been in an operational mode and continues to expand its reach to children as members of a national force.
Child Fund Liberia is currently operating in six of the fifteen counties of Liberia, namely Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa and Montserrado Counties.
ChildFund International operates in 30 countries around the world, including Liberia. The Organization is inspired and driven by the potential that is inherent in all children, the potential not only to survive but to thrive, to become leaders who bring positive change for those around them.
ChildFund International work began in 1938 with an effort to support orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War. For more information visit: www.childfund.org