LCSN Donates School Materials to St. James United Elementary School Writes: W. Omece Johnson/Freelance Journalist.

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Liberia Children Support Network (LCSN) has donated a consignment of assorted school materials including copybooks, pens, pencils as well as sharpeners to children attending the St. James United Elementary School in Sualcolco Town, Bong County. Mr. Charles B. Kollie along with his organization staff made the donation on October 25th during a well-organized presentation ceremony by authorities of the school. The LCSN is a Faith-based organization established in the United States of America. Donating the items, LCSN CEO and Founder emphasized numerous challenges that serve as obstacles for less fortunate children in their developmental stages, such as poverty, discrimination, poor quality education, hunger as well as healthcare. Mr. Kollie made specific reference to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which had serious implication on the lives of children, especially in developing countries and Liberia is no exception. He named some of the constraints such as threats to the safety of children, abrupt interruption of healthcare and education worldwide.

“As an organization we believe that education is the cornerstone of empowerment and therefore, Liberian children should have access to quality education, accessible and affordable health, as well as nutritious meals while learning,” he told parents and school administrators.

The LCSN is also involved in community development initiatives and agro-based venture. According to him, plans are underway for the construction of a clinic to cater mainly to vulnerable and marginalized children, while the agriculture component is aimed at income generation to improve and increase balanced diet and delivery of quality education and healthcare services for children. Also speaking was LCSN Liberia Program Director, Francis T. Johnson. He informed the audience that the COE established the organization based on his religious belief to helping the needy from a Christianity perspective. Mr. Johnson urged the parents and teaching staff to be thankful for the selection of their school, and promised that basic social services to be provided by their organization will benefit all less fortunate children irrespective of their status. In response, the Principal of the school, Emmanuel Kwenah lauded the LCSN for the gesture and prayed for God’s blessings in their quest to serving humanity, especially children in dire need of support mentally, spiritually, physically and socially. Mr. Kwenah however, highlighted some challenges including low enrollment of student due to financial constraints faced by parents, lack of instructional materials and improved infrastructures. The school Principal made a passionate appeal to the LCSN CEO for future assistance, as they planned to elevate the school to junior high level and also modify the school uniform.

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