-Home-Cooked Meal Giveaway
Chichi Gold Foundation, a charity group in the country says it has concluded plans to help rehabilitate ‘wayward people’ referred to as “Zogos” by providing them with vocational training, health treatments, further education and other apprenticeship training in the country.
‘Zogos,’ is a coined word referring those considered to be underprivileged and/or drugs taker/addicted youth who roams the streets of Monrovia and its environs during odd jobs including loading and washing cars, snatching mobile phones and other attainable from peaceful citizens.
These drug users or addicted youth are mostly found in ghettos if not only in their homes, but they can be transformed by becoming better citizens when rehabilitated through health, trade or vocation skills training programme.
Madam Robertline Blamo, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, said among many things it will besides the training, provide sponsorship to those desiring of pursuing higher education.
She said this was the dream of the Foundation founder, Aletha Chengo Blamo, who died in a tragic motor accident on Saturday, September 9, 2018 in Brewerville Township, Montserrado County.
Aletha Chengo Chioma Blamo got a BSc Degree in Sociology and Public Administration at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia on June 13,2018.
Madam Robertline is the junior sister to the late Aletha Chengo Chioma Blamo. She said the Foundation is determined in removing ‘Zogos’ off the streets so as to make them useful citizens and make their contribution to their country. “Therefore, the need to afford them the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the growth and development of Liberia cannot be overemphasized.”
Robertline told journalists after a daylong distribution with some Zogos on Benson Street in Monrovia, estimated that over seven hundred (700) ghettos across the country that Chichi Gold Foundation is doing what it could to ensure that every wayward person is captured.
Madam Blamo also stated that “the food giveaway is the first point of contact with these underprivileged citizens as a means of gaining their trust and giving them the reassurance that although Chichi is dead, her dream to see them become better in the society did not die”.
Commenting also was Gloria Tamba, an official of the Foundation. She said they will any moment begin organizing sporting activities with the Zogos in the country following purchasing of sporting materials so as to keep them busy but did not state when.
However, Richard Gaydual and Daniel Bracewell on behalf of their colleagues thanked the Chichi Gold Foundation for their determination to get them (zogos) off the street by rehabilitating from bad to good citizens so as to make contributions to their country.
The speakers used the occasion to call on both local and international non-governmental organizations to help in whatever way possible so they can become productive citizens.
“We are tired of being addicted youth who roams the streets snatching phones and other valuables from people and at the sometimes, have no homes but rather use the ghettos as homes. Therefore, we are not happy with such life and condition but it is the only way for us to survive,” they stated.