Liberian Wins West African Youth Forum Award

PAYNESVILLE, Montserrado – Marvis K. Germu, executive director of Life Giver Africa, has been awarded the Best Youth Public Servant in West Africa.

According to a press statement from the West African Youth Forum, Germu was recently named as the proud recipient of the award for 2018 at a program held in Accra, Ghana.

Germu reportedly received the award on April 24 in recognition of her involvement in serving humanity through charitable ventures.

Over the years, Germu said her charity organization allowed her to impact the lives of orphans, physically challenged persons, and children who dropped out of school.

“The award is a symbol that has signaled Liberia to the outside world as a contributing agent of change,” Germu said.

Germu challenged the new Liberian government to make employing at least one physically challenged person in every ministry and agency a priority.

“Such will signal to the outside world that Liberia is not discriminating against physically challenged individuals,” she said.

“I wholly believe that because our leaders have not taken the lead to include such people in our governance system, most of our officials in both the private and public sector have not seen the need to give them opportunity to work.”

She said discrimination leads to joblessness, pointing out that “more kids are out of school during instructional periods and often they are found in the street corners trying to make ends meet for their [disabled] parents.”

The West African Youth Award and Forum is the gathering meant to promote and celebrate outstanding youth from various West African states.

Featured photo by Life Giver Africa

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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