As most parents in the country are finding it difficult while others are incapable of registering their children for the current academic year because of the prevailing economic challenges facing them, Bishop Nimely Jacbokly
Donyen has given LD$185,500 (one hundred eighty-five thousands, five hundred Liberian Dollars) to the Care School System.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in the Old Field Community in Mount Barclay, Lower Johnsonville, the Bishop of the Independent Catholic Church of Liberia (ICCL), Bishop Donyen said that the amount represents the first semester’s financial assistance to the school.
He said that he has been providing monthly subsidies to the school over the years which has been helping parents when it comes to the payment of tuition and other fees disclosing that henceforth, the financial assistance will now be done on a yearly basis in two installments.
The ICCL Bishop who believes in transparency gave the LD$185,500 to the Principal, John Paye during a meeting at the school where old and new parents had gathered to interact with the Bishop who has been rendering humanitarian services to the school on their behalf.
He assured authorities of the school as well as parents that he is going to give the second semester’s financial assistance in January of 2020 along with the payment of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)’s fees for students and disclosed further that the Care School system’s second semester’s assistance will be US$875 (eight hundred seventy-five United States Dollars) or above base on the prevailing exchange rate.
According to him, the cardinal reason for which he established working relationship with the principal is that he is providing quality education at a low cost which he said is their main concern as there are many people in the society who are really in need of financial assistance.
Bishop Donyen then urged the teachers to continue working with Mr. Paye assuring the parents of his continual assistance aimed at strengthening the collaboration between him along with his supporters and described the present assistance being rendered as meager but that it would improve in the future.
Principal John Paye lavished praises on the Bishop as well as his partners for their continual humanitarian services to the school which he stated was established on that basis.
He indicated that the condition under which he was running the school motivated the Bishop to get to their aid because he was finding it difficult at the time even to pay the teachers and meet other operational costs.
Introducing the Bishop at the gathering amidst thunderous applause from the financial-relieved parents, he informed parents that Bishop Donyen is the backbone of the institution saying that when they pay the smaller portion of the tuition and fees, he pays what he called biggest portion every year.
The Principal further stated that the Bishop has been living up to his commitment by giving financial assistance since he met him adding that besides the assistance he also built an Annex that has been providing additional space for students including a donation of jerseys to the Sporting Department at the school.
“We pray that God will continue to shower his bountiful blessing upon the Bishop and those who are providing the money for the program so that it can be replenished,” he intimated.
All the parents who were present lauded the Bishop for doing exactly what he had earlier promised that they said is amazing because the program has been easing the huge financial burden on them every year.
Martin Walker, a new parent who confessed that he did not have money that would enable him register his children for this academic year, but when he got the news about the school, he decided to go there and purchase the information sheet.
“I saw the tuition and fees very low so I began to wonder as to why they were that way,” he explained.
He continued that after acquiring more information about the institution, he then realized that it has reliable donors who are helping parents every year, as such, he termed his kids attending school this academic year as unbelievable because he is self-employed in petty trade in the community that cannot even sustain them.
Gayflor Romeo Harris, Community Development and Road Chairman of Mount Barclay remarked that he is astonished as to how the Bishop has been sustaining the program in the face of the harsh economic reality in the country.
He averred that in the midst of that, he has not deferred on his commitment even though most of the schools have experienced massive drops in their enrollment, but the Care School System is experiencing the opposite.
The school runs from nursery to the junior high level which hosts students of parents who lack the financial potency in the communities.