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23,000 Students Benefit From NGO Feeding In Bong
GBARNGA, October 4 (LINA) - An international non-governmental organization, 'Mary's Meals', says 23,000 students at public and private schools in Bong County are benefitting from its feeding program this school year.
In a release issued recently, the NGO said the decision is the outcome of a three-year strategic plan, the implementation of which should have started in September 2014 but was stalled due to the Ebola emergency and started in April this year.
Mary's Meals said under the program, the students eat locally grown rice three days a week and Corn Soya Blend twice per week.
It noted that despite the large number of schools selected to benefit from the program this year, lots of parents and students are appealing to be included in the program.
The release stated that as part of the initiative to meet its target, Mary's Meals has constructed a large warehouse in Gbarnga and an office to adequately address the needs of its partner schools in the central, northern, and southeastern regions of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the organization has lauded residents, especially administrators of schools, for supporting its work in the county, and pledged its commitment to feed more school children in its effort to support the government in educating its citizens.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency Monday, Bong County Education Officer Edward Kpulun also thanked Mary's Meals for assisting the county's children and called on parents and schools to come together to further support the program.
The release named schools benefiting from the program as Dolokelen Gboveh High School, John F. Bakalu Junior High, St. Martin's Catholic High School, N.V Massaquoi High School, Chief Compound Community School, St. Mark's Lutheran High School, St. Peter's Episcopal High School, William V.S Tubman Grey United Methodist High School and Gbarnga Islamic Solidarity School, among others.
As a faith-based charity, Mary's Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world's poorest children every school day.
Its vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their places of education.