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ORPHAN RELIEF AND RESCUE INC's Fundraiser:

Greater Opportunity Scholarship

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THE STORY:

A greater opportunity exists for children who have been orphaned and abandoned, once they come to learn that a life exists beyond the walls of an orphanage. In Liberia the law states that when children reach the age of 18, they must leave the orphanage and find a way on their own beyond the protective orphanage walls. The challenges are great, whether it is finding a job, place to live, or food to eat. As the kids are growing up and coming of age, we are seeing a potential crisis arising in Liberia. Thousands of juveniles are running around the streets hungry, afraid and alone with nowhere to turn but to a life of theft, doing whatever it takes to survive.

Orphan Relief and Rescue launched a pilot program called The Greater Opportunity Scholarship Program to provide a comprehensive solution for teenagers aging out of the orphanage. It is a scholarship program, which provides each recipient opportunity to attend university, receive school supplies, room, board, and money for public transportation. In return, the young adult is involved in community service and mentorship by ORR staff and employees. We provide a place at the ORR office where the students have access to computers to help them with their studies and homework.

Currently we have five young adults enrolled in the program who have passed their college entrance exams. This video introduces you to these five students and gives you a window into how each one wants to make a positive change in a country that has seen such devastation. ORR anticipates finishing well with the kids we have shard life with within the walls of the orphanage and, finally, beyond those walls and into society. The five-year outcome of this program not only includes the educated, integrated, independent Liberian youth that graduate as well as accomplishing the dreams of the leaders of tomorrow.

Help us see this generation rise up and change the future! We need $3,200 per young adult to cover room, board, tuition, books, transportation, and test fees for one year. Will you consider helping to sponsor a universtity student to acheive his/her dreams?

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