Kolu Sokodolo Foundation Identifies With Orphans Left Behind By Former UN, ECOWAS Peacekeepers In Liberia
MONROVIA – The Kolu Sokodolo Children’s Foundation has made a huge donation of rice and cash to the UNECO Orphanage Home which caters to over 25 children and grandchildren of foreign soldiers sent to Liberia on peacekeeping mission by the United Nations and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) during the 14-year civil conflict in the country.
The donation of 15 bags of 25kg rice and unspecified Liberian dollars was made to the Proprietress of the Orphanage, Madam Siah Cole, by one of the Foundation’s Founders, Bishop Moses Walters, and Mr. Monue Shine Gbelemah, Country Director of the foundation.
Mr. Walters, who is visiting Liberia, and his wife, Mrs. Kolu Sokodolo Walters, are the chief financiers of the foundation which was founded in the country in August 2016.
The rice and cash were presented at the foundation’s compound located in the Moulton Corner Community in Brewerville, outside Monrovia on Tuesday, January 5.
Speaking during the presentation, the foundation’s Country Director, Mr. Monue Shine Gbelemah, disclosed that the Kolu Sokodolo Foundation has positively impacted the lives of over 2000 less fortunate Liberians, including students, elderly women and others since its formation in the country.
He named women empowerment, scholarship opportunities to less fortunate, construction and running of a tuition free school in Margibi County, the construction of homes for old folks, amongst others as some of the initiatives that citizens have benefited from under the foundation.
“We have come so that we can be a part of this orphanage. This is not strange to the foundation; this is what we’ve been doing for the children. We go for the less fortunate and the children. They are our friends; they are the future leaders and so, we cannot turn our back on them. Today or tomorrow if we are gone, they will be the ones to come after us”.
Mr. Gbelemah further underscored the need for government and others to come to the aid of less fortunate Liberian children who are in dire need for assistance and support.
He stated that the empowerment or catering for these young kids will help guarantee their future towards become productive citizens.
“If these children must take Liberia to the next level, than the government and others must be able to come and put their support behind these children. They are humans and they need the best of life. Today the foundation deems it necessary to come to this part of Montserrado County to do a donation. One thing we are sure of is that, this will not be the last”.
He, however, pledged the Foundation’s Founder, Mrs. Kolu Sokodolo Walters, unwavering commitment towards improving the living condition of less fortunate citizens in the country.
“This will not be our last. The reason I am saying this is because, the woman-Mrs. Kolu Sokodolo Walters-every time she goes to bed she will think about Liberians. There are lots of people in the US working, but they only care for them and their families. But she and her husband deem it necessary that the little thing they work for, they should be able to help people in Liberia”.
For his part, Bishop Walters expressed delight for being back in the country.
He urged the beneficiaries to continue to trust God in everything they do.
Bishop Walters, however, called on them to pray for the foundation, its financiers and those who continue to make sacrifices towards the actualization of numerous initiatives being implemented by the foundation in Liberia.
He expressed the hope that the gesture will be able to carry the orphans for a longer period of time.
“I bring you a big greeting from my wife Kolu Sokodolo Walters and we are here to give this little token to the orphanage. Little is much when God is in it”.
Earlier on, the Proprietress of the Foundation, Madam Siah Cole, commended Mr. Walters and his wife for identifying with the orphans.
“We pray that God bless you and your wife that you will be able to help other children. Only people who have the love of God can do what you have done for us today. There are lots of rich people in Liberia here today, but they don’t want to do this. I thank God for you people and let God bless you for this donation”.
She recalled that the orphanage was established following three separate dreams had by her husband on October 2, 1995 in which ECOMOG soldiers were seen in a valley, calling on him to take the lead in finding help for children after they had died or departed from peacekeeping mission in Liberia.
She pointed out that though food and financial assistance was provided the foundation prior to the recent civil conflict in the country by the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), and others in the past, the present situation is different.
She disclosed that for now only Mary Meals-a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Liberia, has been consistent and instrumental in providing regular feeding for the orphans.
Madam Cole, however, called on government, well-meaning Liberians and philanthropic organizations operating in the country to emulate the good example of the Kolu Sokodolo Children’s Foundation.