By: Abraham Kollie
Over 160 senior citizens in Kakata City, Margibi County have benefitted from the distribution of food items provided by the office of Liberia’s first Lady, Clar M. Weah.
Items provided by the First Lady include 160 bags of rice (25kg) and 160 containers of vegetable oil (3-gal).
Presenting the items, the Chief of Staff in the Office of the First Lady, Madam Gaelle Mediem said, the gesture is to buttress the ongoing national COVID-19 response in Liberia.
Speaking at the Holy Church of Christ in Kakata, Margibi County, Madam Mediem said, the initiative of Mrs. Weah’s foundation, Clar Hope Foundation, was founded by the Merck Foundation.
“We know that due to the pandemic, a lot of people, especially in our country worry about where to get food from.” said Madam Gaelle Mediem.
The First Lady’s Chief of Office Staff thanked Merck Foundation for its support in providing the food and Orange Liberia for partnering with Clar Hope Foundation to produce 80 thousand face masks to be distributed free to Liberians.
Mediem said, their organization provided over a thousand masks free along with the rice and oil to the old people as a way of keeping them save as the nation battles COVID-19.
She further reminded the gathering of elderly persons under the banner “God’s Revelation National Old-Folks Network of Liberia” saying, that the welfare of the elderly and underprivileged people remains the First Lady’s top priority.
Madam Mediem also pointed to the Buchanan Old-Folks Home, recently constructed by the Clar Hope Foundation in Grand Bassa County, as a demonstration of Mrs. Weah’s commitment to bettering the lives of the elderly people.
The First Lady’s Chief of Office Staff, however, assured the senior citizens that donations will not be the last, disclosing that the First Lady would visit the people in due time to unveil more good plans for them.
Responding to the gesture, the head of God’s Revelation National Old-Folks Network of Liberia, Madam Theresa K. Kollie, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the First Lady for coming to their aid as they have been making several efforts for support.
Also, speaking on behalf of the County Superintendent, was the Special Assistant, D. Weeder Korboi, who expressed gratitude to the First Lady and partners.
Mr. Korboi reaffirmed the city local official leadership commitment to working with the Office and Foundation of the First Lady in various ways possible in achieving her goals which is to improve the lives of the underprivileged people across Liberia.
Meanwhile, another group of seniors from the organization named National Senior Citizens Organization also benefited from the First Lady gesture.
They were provided 15 bags of rice and 15 containers (3-gallons each) of vegetable oil.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Fredrick Wesseh, commended the First Lady for her kindness towards the senior citizens, describing the donation as a beginning of partnership between his organization and the First Lady.