10 October 2012

Liberia: Lions Club Launches First Braille Reading Center in Liberia

The visiting international Lions official from Ghana has launched the first ever Braille Reading Center in Liberia. The Braille Reading Center was launched over the weekend by Governor Gloria Lassey of District 403A of the International Lions' Clubs at the Law Library on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.

The center for the blind and visually impaired is an extension of the Jewel Howard-Taylor children library.

According to officials of the Greater Monrovia Lions Club and the Cape Mesurado Lions Clubs, the Braille Reading Center was established by Lions in Liberia to provide sound and quality education for the visually impaired in Liberia.

Speaking at the launch of the center, Mr. Beyan Kota, a leading member of Blind Association in Liberia said the center will provide opportunity for the blind persons who have no access to education because of their condition.

Mr. Kota said blind have been abandoned, especially in the area of education, something that has caused most of the visually impaired persons to become beggars in the society.

He lauded Lions Clubs in the country for the level of humanitarian assistance they continue to provide to the visually impaired and the less fortunate population. He said Lions' Clubs have touched the lives of everyone, especially the blind.

At the same time, the Lions' Clubs Governor for District 403A while in Liberia participated in the eye screening and distribution of glasses to students at the Haywood Mission on the Old Road in Sinkor.

The Lions conducted eye screening on several students of the institution and distributed over 700 glasses to those in need of them.

Meanwhile, Education Minister, Ammonia David-Tarpeh has lauded the Lions' Clubs in the country for reaching out to the less fortunate, including the visually impaired with their humanitarian services.

Minister Tarpeh praised Lions' clubs for going the extra mile providing assistance to the forgotten ones who have no means of survival.

She said the Braille reading center being provided by the Lions for the education of the blind is a laudable effort and must be complimented by government.

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