Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: Renovation of Blind School Insight

Monrovia — The Greater Monrovia Lion Club (GMLC) over the weekend held its annual charity ball intended to raise fund for the renovation of the blind school in the city of Brewerville.

The GMLC is a service club and part of the Lions Club International.

Lions Club International, which is regarded as the oldest service club in the world, was founded by a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, Melvin Jones 1917.

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. It has 1.35 million members, who perform community service in 208 countries and geographic areas.

Speaking to reporters during the annual ball, the President of the GMLC, Benjamin L. Harris, said the club mainly caters to the blind and visually impaired.

However, he said their services are not limited to the blind.

He said the club also caters to other disadvantaged and underprivileged members of the society.

"Although we are renowned for catering to the blind, with the passage of time, the focus of Lions International has expanded to include a number of other major programs including diabetes awareness and prevention, programs for the enhancement of Child and Adolescent Growth and Development, Measles prevention and control."

"Currently, the Lions Clubs of Liberia are the recipients of a matching grant from Lions International to implement programs geared towards child and adolescent development in a number of schools in Monrovia. This program is currently ongoing in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. We directly need your support with this activity."

According to him, the decision to raise fund for the renovation of the blind school was prompted by a visit made by the club on the school's campus recently.

During their visit, he said they observed that the school was in a deplorable c condition, and as such, there was need to come to the aid of the students.

The Lions Club President put the cost of the renovation at US$15,000.

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