Dr. LeRoy Boikai, VIP CEO, Reporting from Liberia
For the first week and a half, we distributed Panasonic lanterns to seven (7) schools with 136 teachers, one (1) clinic with 10 healthcare workers, and 3 orphanages with 36 caregivers in Montserrado County, and eleven (11) schools with 133 teachers, four (4) clinics with 35 healthcare workers, and one (1) orphanage with 10 caregivers in Bomi County. Approximately 9,033 students and orphans will indirectly benefit from these 360 solar lanterns. We are unable to estimate the number of patients that will receive night time treatment at this time.
The second leg of field activities consisted of distributing lanterns to villages in Cape Mount, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Bomi, and Montserrado Counties. With a large consignment of lanterns to distribute, we began in Cape Mount County where the towns are relatively large. So, we targeted three medium-sized towns averaging 50 to 60 homes per town. Over the course of one week, we distributed the lanterns to 13 localities in five counties.
In Bomi County, Superintendent Samuel Brown, a district commissioner and three civil society organization representatives attended and participated in several of the distribution activities. The Superintendent who had participated in a previous distribution event in 2016 in the Suehn/Mecca District expressed delight in the expansion of our distribution to the other side of Bomi, the Klay and Senjeh Districts.