The Women Orphans and Abandoned Children Assistance Program (WOCAP) has launched and broken grounds for the extension of its flagship school- Smart Minds Christian Academy established to provide quality education and support for vulnerable Kids.
WOCAP is a non for profit support group with a mission to provide training, psycho-social intervention to vulnerable women, orphans, youth and abandoned children throughout Liberia.
Addressing the formal launch of its new facility and ground breaking for the extension in the Red Hill Field Community in Montserrado County, Reverend Miatta W. Giddings Founder of the Smart Minds Academy said the school’s vision is to attract as more vulnerable kids as possible in need of quality education.
She told the gathering “ourvision is to cater to the wellbeing of vulnerable people, widows, orphans, and abandoned children in Liberia. We built homes and schools for abandoned children spread across communities. Today, we are launching this school and breaking grounds for the construction of the school to another level. We are now from Nursery to K11. Our target is to expand to 6th grade”.
She explained that her vision and the project that provides education for vulnerable children came about in 1991 when a child who she thought was abandoned visited her business place on the old CID road in Mamba Point and volunteered to help her sell-a child she would later take home as her own.
“I later discovered that this child father was shot by rebels in Clara Town while the child was in a war zone. When he got out of the war zone, he saw his father in a poll of blood which caused him to run into the streets. He didn’t want to get killed. When his mother came in 1992, he ran up in the roof because he did not know her. He later came to meet his mother and they both burst up and cried. She told me she only came to see if her son was still alive because all the other children including the father were dead”, she narrated.
She mentioned “that story touched me. And since then I have dedicated my life to cater to the wellbeing of children in need. From this background, my vision began to take root and we established the women orphan and abandoned children Assistance Program”.