By: Matthew H. Turry
Relief may soon find its way for children of drug addicts in the country with news of a groundbreaking ceremony held over the weekend in Caldwell, Montserrado County for the construction of a Safe Home to provide shelter and cater to the needs of those unfortunate children.
Speaking at the well-attended program, Evangelist Sylvester D. Payne, the Chief Executive Officer Brighter Minds for Progressive Future, promoter of the project, made a passionate presentation about the plight of drug addicts and their kids and the need to take urgent actions to mitigate the risk these people are exposed to.
Giving some background about its work history, Evangelist Payne said, the Brighter Minds for Progressive Future has been working with disadvantaged youth through an addict’s program.
“We have been working with several ghettos like the Caucus ghettos, Solo Town ghettos, fewer water ghettos, and the Bend and Stop ghettos in New Kru town in Monrovia providing psychosocial care and support”, he noted
He lamented the situation where the society is not helping the younger generation to mitigate drug addiction is regrettable and unfortunate. He called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to address what he called the ugly menace posing serious problems to the society
Delivering her keynote address at the occasion, Madam Elizabeth Bright, Facility Manager at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said it is saddened to see people who are supposed to be our leaders, are into drug addiction. “The people who we have today are supposed to be our leaders, they are the ones into drug addiction and it is not an easy thing for this nation”, she asserted.
“It bleeds my heart this morning, that we have children who are vulnerable to drugs, it is a sad thing in our society.’’ she added.
She also applauded the Bright Minds family through its CEO, Evangelist Payne for the steps taken to cater to babies who were born by drug addicted parents for the kind gestures.
In support of the initiative by the Brighter Minds for Progressive Future, the Deputy for women and children protection at the Liberia National police (LNP), Dixon N. Jlateh also assured the group of his support towards the process. Mr. Jlateh noted that it takes a man with love for humanity to carry on such a struggle.
Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries, Amie Nagbe, expressed thanks to the Brighter Minds family for helping her in the condition. “I want to tell the Brighter Minds thank you, it is not easy to move from this habit,” she said.
“I want to tell the Brighter Minds thank you for what they have been doing for us and I wish them to continue doing it, to help us”. She explained in an excruciating tune.