The Analyst (Monrovia)

18 June 2012

Liberia: SightSavers Donates to Persons with Disabilities

A non-profit humanitarian organization working in Liberia, Sightsavers recently donated several materials to assist persons with disabilities to meet their challenges for quality education as part of its contribution to support the Liberian government’s policy on special education program.

Sightsavers Country Director, Adoley Sonii said following an assessment of some institutions in and around Monrovia, her humanitarian group prepared packages for persons with disabilities in response to the needs of visually impaired and physically challenged individuals in four institutions including School for the Blind in Brewerville and the Group of 77 in Central Monrovia.

Other institutions that benefited from the humanitarian gesture were the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) High School in Central Monrovia and Happy Family Center for Children with Disabilities in Paynesville.

Making the donation, Madam Adoley Sonii said the assistance will help students with disabilities to overcome those challenges in the class room and create the necessary opportunity for them to easily respond to their lessons and educational quest.

The Sightsavers Country Director told administrators of the recipient schools and the disabled students who are direct beneficiaries of the donation, that Sightsavers sees those visually impaired and physically challenged students as potential individuals who should not allow their conditions to determine their status in life.

According to the Sightsavers Country boss, her organization’s decision to help people with disabilities was a top priority, therefore, it was important that people with disabilities, especially students, should not allow those challenges that confront them to take them on to the streets like they do not have potential to explore the many opportunities being provided them in the Liberian society.

Sightsavers is in a long term partnership with the Liberian Government and is undertaking projects in the health sector in many counties in the country; Sight Savers is also working with the Ministry of Education in the area of special education that focuses on people with disabilities in the education program in Liberia.

Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government at the Sightsavers’ donations ceremony, the Director for Special Education at the Ministry of Education, Mayeadeh Kemeh-Gama, said the Liberian Government was very proud of Sightsavers’ contributions in Liberia, especially in its decision to rapidly respond to the educational needs of students with disabilities in the country.

The donation of brails, canes, sewing machines among others materials, for students with disabilities, the Ministry of Education’s Executive noted is a gesture would help encourage students with disabilities to take lessons seriously and advance their academic initiatives.

Director Mayeadeh Kemeh-Gama then used the occasion to caution the disables not see themselves as people who do not have the opportunity to make themselves useful citizens.

Sightsavers mission in Liberia and the world at large is dedicated to combating blindness in developing countries by working with partner organizations in poor and least served communities to support ongoing activities that restore sight and provide services to blind people.

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