First Lady Inspects Humanitarian Projects in Grand Bassa

BUCHANAN, Grand Bassa – Liberia’s first lady, Clar M. Weah, has inspected several of her humanitarian projects in Grand Bassa.

The projects include a 30-room home for the elderly in the Own Your Own community, an ongoing renovation of the God’s Heritage Orphanage in Four Houses community, and the Light House Ministries Children Village in Jeko Town.

Renovation at the God’s Heritage Orphanage and Light House Ministries Children Village included tiling, replacement of zinc, installation of doors, and painting. Both renovations are almost complete.

The construction of the home for the elderly is still at the level of the foundation.

She did not speak to the press during the inspection on Tuesday, August 14, but Weah held talks with the operators of both orphanages.

Speaking to journalists, the operator of the God’s Heritage Orphanage, Dorothy Kumeh, said she is grateful to the first lady for her support to orphanages in Grand Bassa. She marveled at the transformation of her orphanage and prayed that Weah would continue her support to other orphanages in the county.

The annex of the God’s Heritage Orphanage is already renovated. Photo: Sampson David

“This house was not looking like this [before], but everything has been transformed so I am so grateful for what she has done for the children,” Kumeh said. “There was no back door – only front door. There was no tile, only cement and everything looking good like this.”

The home for the elderly will also host visually impaired and physically challenged persons in Buchanan. It is being implemented by the Clar Hope Foundation, although the full cost has not been disclosed to the public.

The facility will contain a recreational center, a clinic, and a conference room. The current home for the elderly is located in central Buchanan in a 10-bedroom facility.

The foundation of home for the elderly is still being built. Photo: Sampson David

Grand Bassa’s Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh, who provided one acre of public land for the project, described it as a dream come through for the elderly and visually impaired people residing in the county.

He also thanked the first lady for choosing Grand Bassa to carry out the project, noting that she would always be remembered there.

During the groundbreaking ceremony in April, Weah had said she was building the home to improve the condition of the elderly and the blind.

“After seeing the homes of the elderly and the blind, I wasn’t really comfortable with where they were, so I spoke with the superintendent that I would love to buy a piece of land where I can construct something new for them just to bring them there,” she said. “It is not just about constructing a building to put them there, I am praying that we have aid in their home to take care of them.”

Featured photos by Sampson David

Sampson David

Sampson G. David is a journalist with over eight years of experience. He is a deputy manager at the Diahn-Blae Community Radio Station, a correspondent of the Liberia Broadcasting System, and a sophomore student at Starz College of Science and Technology, studying Management Information Systems.

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