Dr. Titpoteh Pledges Support To Humanity, Launches Rachel and Leslie Foundation to Restore Human Dignity
A Foundation to serve humanity has been launched in the township of Virginia with a call for Liberians to focus more on reaching out to the less fortunate and underprivileged in society.
Performing the launch last weekend, veteran Liberian politician D. Togba Nah Tipoteh urged Liberians to embrace such initiative, noting whatever God has blessed others with must be shared to help transform lives, and also noted that many Liberians are disadvantaged because those in the position to assist either reneged to do so or give less attention to reaching out to touch and transform lives.
Dr. Tipoteh pledged his fullest support to the Humanitarian Foundation, promising to assist in developing project proposals to ensure funds are raised for its programs and activities to be effectively carryout.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Titopeth referenced his own SUZUKU, recounting its contributions to restoring lives when thousands of ex-fighters were disarmed and reintegrated into society after the civil conflict in the country.
He wants Liberians to place more emphasis on reaching out to those who desperately in need and make an impact on their lives.
The government will not be able to address all of the challenges Liberia is faced with, but individuals and institutions can positively buttress the efforts of government and partners.
The launch which coincided with the 80th birthday anniversary of Moth. Rachel M. Thomas was graced by hundreds of beneficiaries and supporters of the RACHEL Foundation held at the Thomas residence in Banjor, Prince Avenue.
Providing a background of the RACHLES Foundation, Chairman of the Organizing Committee Eldred Wlemongar Thomas said the move is intended to sustain the legacy of their grandparents and contribute to restoring the dignity of the less fortunate and underprivileged in society.
According to journalist Thomas, RACHLES Foundation came out the inspiration and desire of the couple to serve humanity as far back as the 1980s when they established the Band of Hope Cottage, now St. Thomas United Methodist Church.
“The less fortunate and needy in society received spiritual guidance, material and financial support through the BHC, the RACHLES Organizing Chairman pointed out.”
This dream became evident by the provision of spiritual and moral guidance as well as financial support to communities and individuals in Liberia, Nigeria, Leone Sierra, the United States of America and other parts of the world.
The Liberian journalist narrated that the couple in their quest to transform lives, established the Band of Hope Cottage upon God’s instruction after the 1990 crisis to help restore the hope of hundreds of Liberians and foreign residents who had lost hope and given up.
The BHC was an interdenominational Christian Ministry as part of its efforts to assist those in need raised a special offering called POOR AND NEEDY for struggling and deserving members.
He narrated further: ”This humanitarian practice continues today at the St. Thomas United Methodist Church, while surrounding communities benefit from the goodwill.
“This dream of our grandparents must now die, we the children, grandchildren and beneficiaries of their goodwill have agreed to establish to sustain it, the broadcast journalist intimated.”
According to him, the Foundation will jump start its operations in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Monsterrado counties.
The media practitioner outlined education, spiritual guidance/counseling, health and sanitation, women and youth empowerment, human rights advocacy as areas of intervention of the Foundation.
Thomas, a grandson to the Thomas family also named programs and activities of the RACHLES as training, symposium, lecture Series visitation at prison centers, hospitals and orphanages as well as recreation.
He noted he resolved to spearhead such humanitarian initiative after surveys conducted and reports on the appalling living condition of Liberia and foreigners alike especially in the rural parts of the country.
“I feel obligated by a citizen of Liberia and a journalist to contribute to society through other means instead of just reporting people and society, Mr. Thomas stressed.”