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Orphanage To Return 16 Orphans To ‘Rightful Homes’
MONROVIA, August 9 (LINA) - The Roland J. Payne Orphanage in Sanoyea, Bong County has resolved to return over 16 orphans in its care to their “rightful homes.”
A statement said the decision was prompted by the aging of the founder of the orphanage, 86-year-old US-based Priscilla Y. Payne, who is “unable to continue the long flights” to Liberia as she did when in her sixties.
The statement indicated that the vision of “establishing an orphanage for children who lost one or both parents in the Liberian civil war was given to Payne by God” as a help to people who could not care for these children.
The statement said the vision became a reality in 2005 when Madam Payne returned to Liberia with a US$3,800 donation from friends and relatives following the memorial service for her late husband, Bishop J. Roland Payne of the Lutheran Church in Liberia.
“I took in 10 orphans from various parts of Liberia in 2005, and by 2008 the number increased to 16 with more orphans and abandoned children,” the statement pointed out.
It added: “We were adequately able to feed, clothe and school the children with aid from Christian Aid Ministries, friends and some relatives.”
The statement noted that at present, many of the children are in their late teens and early 20s and “have grown in knowledge in the things of God. In his mercy, we have not lost one to the merciless hands of death.”
The statement pointed out that the relatives and friends who brought the children to the orphanage are all alive and doing well and the country is at peace, aiding the decision to return them to their “rightful homes.”