On yesterday, July 9, 2020, a team from the YALI RLC Alumni Chapter of Liberia headed by it’s President Mr. Varney T. Wilson distributed facemasks to the students, instructional, administrative, and support staff of the Liberia Dujar High School in Gardnersville, Montserrado, Liberia.

The facemasks were donated to the chapter for distribution by the US Embassy near Monrovia in commemoration of this year’s independence day celebration of the United States of America which is observed on July 4th of every year. The donation is one of many efforts made by the US Embassy in combating the Corona Virus Pandemic in Liberia.

In the same vein, the chapter also received an additional hundred pieces of nose marks from an Alumnus of the RLC Liberia Chapter.

During the distribution, the President of YALI RLC Alumni Chapter of Liberia, Varney Teddy Wilson explained that the facemasks being given to the school were donations received from the U. S. States Department in Monrovia on an occasion marking her Independence Day Celebration and also the US Embassy way of identifying with students, instructional, administrative and support staffs of the institution during this period of the Pandemic.

The team also educated the beneficiaries on the benefits and importance of always wearing nose marks in public, regular and frequent hand washing with clean water and soap, social distancing, and the need to follow all the health protocols.

Receiving the nose marks, the students thanked the YALI Alumni chapter of Liberia and the US Embassy for thinking about them and reaching out to them during these difficult times. They also implored that this should be the beginning of many engagements in the future.

The Principal of the institution Mr. James Gbolumah on his part extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to the chapter and the US Embassy near Monrovia for undertaking such initiative and for also identifying with his institution in this challenging time of the pandemic. He assured the chapter through the delegation that the facemasks will be used by the students in the fight against COVID-19 and assured the team of revamping their efforts in observing all the health protocols in staying safe and fighting the virus.

In closing, the President of the YALI RLC chapter assured the school that the chapter will continue to reach out to them when the need arises. He also promised the chapter further support through mentorship for students in order for them to benefit from exchange programs being offered by the U.S. Department of State and other exchange programs.

Note: The Liberia Dujar High School is situated in Gardnersville and has a total of 900 senior students (12 Graders) who are to write the National exam (WASSCE) soon.

Story by
Josiah S. Wonasue
Communication Chair, YALI RLC Alumni Chapter, Liberia