The successful rescue of over 400 street children and re-uniting them with their parents and guardians by Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), through the assistance of Street Child UK was celebrated during its one anniversary last Tuesday in Monrovia with SCoL recommitting itself to children’s welfare.Speaking at its Monrovia headquarters, Program Director Michael John Bull reflected on the difficult road he traveled to get the association started.“I began with four volunteers in 2013,” he said, pointing out the challenges he accepted when he was requested to travel from Sierra Leone to Liberia to help organize the Liberian version.Without funds, he said he accepted the challenge and after going through many difficulties, including spending four hours in a police detention in Monrovia for delaying a payment, the organization took off.He told the gathering of volunteers and others that he had no regret for the sacrifices that he went through during the initial organization of Street Child of Liberia.He expressed appreciation for the support of SCoL’s volunteers as well as Street UK and challenged them to recommit themselves to rescue the most vulnerable section of the Liberian society, street children.Earlier, Street Child of Liberia’s Board chairman Thomas Blah briefly narrated the challenges before, during and after the organization was set up and commended program director Bull and the volunteers for their exceptional work.He encouraged the volunteers to accept ownership of Street Child of Liberia to ensure that should Director Bull transition to another level in his career choice, “They will be able to grow to another level.”Mr. Samuel N. Burnette, Jr, who served as the soccer coach and took nine young boys to participate in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, expressed his excitement and the positive image built by the players during their two weeks’ stay in Brazil.He noted that Street Child is not all about football, but the experience in Brazil rekindled his faith in the good that can come from children who are rescued from the streets.“These nine players are our ambassadors to direct other Liberian kids to positive work,” Burnette said.One of the early volunteers, Ms. Musu Rogers told the gathering the challenges inherent in the identification, recruitment, tracing and re-uniting street children with their parents and guardians and said it was worth the effort.“I want to comment Program Director Bull and all the volunteers for our achievement,” she said.Public Relations Officer, Ms. Tarsha M. Jackson described the one-year achievement as a milestone.She recounted her initial uncertainty of the organization since there had been many organizations with similar dreams that did not succeed.“In the course of time I regain hope and confidence of what we set to achieve and today I’m grateful that we reached a milestone,” Tarsha said.Street Child of Liberia provides educational and business grants to families whose children are under its program. The children are mainly identified and collected from the streets of Monrovia and Buchanan and it plans expansion in its second year, a member said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Spain are currently top of their UEFA Nations League group after defeating England 2-1 at Wembley in Group A and will have the chance to remain top of the table if they manage to beat Croatia in Tuesday’s fixture.Luka Modric’s side are yet to open their UEFA Nations League campaign, most recently holding Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly, and will be looking to push on from the momentum that sealed a second-placed finish at the World Cup this summer.National team captains and Real Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric will go head to head against each other at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche, with Spain having the chance to go six points clear at the top with a victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Spain vs Croatia Date Tuesday, September 11 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on ESPN 2 and Deportes Univision and streamed online via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2, Deportes Univision ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and streamed via Sky GO. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky GO Squads & Team News Position Spain players Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Lopez Defenders Carvajal, Alonso, Nacho, Martinez, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Gaya, Llorente, Albiol Midfielders Busquets, Saul, Thiago, Suso, Rodri, Roberto, Asensio, Ceballos, Isco Forwards Morata, Rodrigo, Aspas There will be no Diego Costa in the Spain squad as he remained at home to be with his partner, who gave birth to a child yesterday.Luis Enrique shook up his Spain team and dropped Koke and Jordi Alba after their poor performances at the World Cup, while the veteran likes of David Silva, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta recently announced their retirements.Iago Aspas has been drafted in to lead the line ahead of Costa, with Rodrigo Moreno playing on the wing.Potential Spain XI: De Gea; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Alonso; Busquets, Saul, Alcantara; Isco, Rodrigo, Asensio. Position Croatia players Goalkeepers Kalinic, Livakovic, Letica Defenders Vida, Vrsaljko, Pivaric, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Barisic, Milic Midfielders Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Badelj, Brozovic, Rog, Pasalic, Bradaric Forwards Perisic, Pjaca, Cop, Santini, Livaja Centre-back duo Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are both still recovering from injury, while forwards Ante Rebic and Andrej Kramaric are also sidelined. Vida may play, however, after sustaining his injury against Portugal. Potential Croatia XI: Kalinic; Vrsaljko, Mitrovic, Vida, Pivaric; Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic; Pjaca, Livaja, Perisic.Betting & Match Odds Spain are priced at odds of winning 8/11 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 14/5. A win for Croatia is up for 9/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Their UEFA Nations League opener against Spain will be Croatia’s first competitive fixture since their loss to France in the World Cup final, with the likes of Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic all included in the team.They will be without the experienced likes of Mario Mandzukic who recently announced his retirement from the team, though Croatia could still have enough firepower in team to outwit a Spain side currently in transition.La Roja also bid farewell to three of their arguably most seasoned players in Iniesta, Silva and Pique, with only captain Ramos the only notable player from the illustrious years where Spain dominated world football.Spain’s team are a fresh-faced bunch and will be buoyed by their win over England at Wembley in their Nations League opener, where they were able to come back from being 1-0 through goals from Saul and Rodrigo and effectively ended their 67-year curse at the stadium.Croatia were only able to hold Portugal to a draw in a friendly after Perisic opened the scoring, before Pepe equalised for the Ronaldo-less Portuguese.