Gbarnga: Cassava Leaves Sellers Thank Diaspora Liberians for Christmas Donation


By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan (Correspondent)

Two market women in Gbarnga, Bong County, who recently launched an appeal for support, have extended commendations to several individuals who contributed to their survivability during the Christmas season.

Following a live KMTV interview with the marketers, Madam Lorpu George and Annah Willie received several items and cash from goodwill individuals.

Madam Lorpu George received a total of US$150 with three bags of rice, vegetable oil, salt, and cooking vita while Madam Anna received US$40 with three bags of rice, vegetable oil, and salt.

Ma Lorpu lost her husband during the last civil war, while Annah’s husband died during the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

The six bags of rice, vegetable oil, salt, and cooking vita were contributed by a US-based Liberian woman Mrs. Elizabeth Gaye Cole through the Elizabeth Gaye Cole Feed the Children Foundation.

The Foundation also provided US$30 for each of the women to buy other needed materials for the Christmas celebration. $100 USD of Ma Lorpu’s $150 was contributed by Martha Nyanti Page who is also in the US while an additional $50 was sent by Mamie Dayen Jarba Taye.

Additional $100 Dollars which will be presented on Monday, December 28, was also contributed by a Liberian citizen in the US but asked not to be named. The duo has over the past been engaged in selling cassava leaves to sustain them and their children.

“We are very grateful to all of our great Liberians in and out of the Country for helping us with the money and rice, we will always pray for them so that their doors of success will keep opening in order for them to keep sending us more support.

I was worried about what my children and I would eat on Christmas day but out of surprise, the Journalist called me and said that someone sent us rice and money, so I won’t say thank you to them all,” Ma Lorpu said.

She encouraged the caring Liberians to keep supporting her as she prays that God will continue to strengthen them in whatever they do. Madam Annah Willie who could no longer hold her tears described the donation as a dawning of a new day in their lives.


“I just want to say thank you so much to all those helping us, especially to Elizabeth Gaye Cole Foundation. I received all that you sent and want to encourage you to please continue. I also want to say thank you to the KMTV Journalist who has shown us the kind of integrity he has because if it were some people, they would have taken these materials for themselves instead of bringing them to the direct beneficiaries. I pray that God bless all of you” she concluded.

Meanwhile, two other persons who recently pledged to contribute to the Ladies are expected to send their contribution this week for onward presentation.