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Shirley Richards, 80, Recommits to Charity in Liberia

first_imgMrs. Richards (R) embraces Old Lady Comfort Juah for keeping herself in businessEighty year-old African-American missionary Shirley Richards has rededicated her life to charity in Liberia and mainly in communities where vulnerable women and children are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs.Mrs. Richards is a U.S. citizen residing in Texas, but who often visits Liberia as well as other African countries where she contributes to the well-being of people whose life circumstances have placed them far below the poverty index, as recorded recently by a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) survey.The octogenarian (a person in their eighties) informed beneficiaries of the Rock Hole neighborhood of ELWA, Paynesville, that she and her husband Robert Richards first visited Liberia as missionaries of the Church of Christ Holiness in 1975, at which time the country had reached its present level of development.Mrs. Richards’ exercise on Monday benefited over 100 community inhabitants, many of whom were the less fortunate.“My late husband and I have visited Liberia several times before and after the country’s 14-year war. This trip, I believe, is my 27th to Liberia with other friends, who also did some good jobs on our behalf,” she said.She noted that her desire to be a kind giver is an “act of defining Christian life from being a church member to a caregiver, lover of humanity and one who empathizes with those in need.”Some of the items Mrs. Richards presented and which targeted about 100 persons, included solar lights, used clothes, and a 25kg bag of rice to a family of five, so that God takes charge and elevates their living standards.“I do not see myself as benefactor whenever I share whatever items with people, but as God’s privileged individual among many others who could do better than I. I am happy and pray that the socioeconomic condition of these people, including children, are improved,” she said.Mrs. Richards (with dark glasses) poses with some of the children who benefited from her gestureShe recalled that when former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf received her Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, the president appealed to Liberians in the Diaspora to come to Liberia and invest or share their gains with the many struggling families.Mrs. Richards recalled how during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak she had 106 students on a scholarship program, a farm in Caldwell, and a parcel of land in Paynesville earmarked for a school.“The scholarship program and the farm could not continue, owing to my age now. No one has been there to come and take over from me,” she said, adding that maintaining a scholarship program goes beyond payment of fees.According to her, she invested a little over US$7000.As done before for two other ladies, Mrs. Richards made a commitment to improve the petty trading businesses of fish seller Comfort Juah and Mary Browne, a fufu seller, by providing money to buy their goods.She called on beneficiaries to improve their little businesses but not to sell the gift items.Deborah Garto, 65; Janet Bondo, 42; and Patrick Sumo, 38 — all recipients — expressed gratitude to Mrs. Richards for being kindhearted to residents of poverty-stricken communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has reiterated his strong opposition to the Government’s property tax plans, saying families in mortgage difficulty simply cannot afford to pay hundreds of euro in extra taxes on their home.The Fianna Fáil TD was speaking as the Revenue Commissioners prepare to issue letters to homeowners Donegal and across the country from next week.“It is deeply unfair to expect homeowners, who cannot afford their home as it is, to pay hundreds of euro in extra tax on that home. These are people who have already paid significant stamp duty, are now deep in negative equity and are struggling to pay their mortgages and household bills,” said Deputy McConalogue. “I strongly believe that it is wrong to tax the family home. I also believe it is completely wrong to introduce any form of property tax at time of unprecedented mortgage crisis and a complete failure on behalf of Government and the banks to address this crisis.“Under Fine Gael and Labour’s plan, a home in Donegal worth €150,000 will pay approximately €315 in property taxes. I have spoken to so many families who are genuinely distressed about how they will afford to pay this, at a time when they can barely pay their mortgage and other household bills.“The latest mortgage arrears figures out this week show that one in every four mortgages are in some form of difficulty. In the last quarter alone, an additional 6,500 families have fallen into mortgage distress. Behind these figures are families who are trying to lead normal lives while knowing there is a real prospect they may lose their home. The Government cannot in good conscience hit these families with property taxes on top of everything else, while failing to address the ever deepening mortgage crisis.”  DONEGAL FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD PROPERTY TAX – TD was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD PROPERTY TAX – TDlast_img read more