Second Lady Pledges Continued Commitment to Giving the Disabled Hope

Saturday, 26th June 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Second Lady, Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai has pledged her continued commitment to giving the disabled hope. She said she will continue to offer educational opportunities not only to the disabled but their children.

Speaking at the 4th Graduation and closing Exercises of the Group of ’77 Kindergarten and Elementary School on Newport Street, on Friday, June 25, Madam Boakai said two members of the Group of ’77 are currently enrolled at two universities in Monrovia, while more than 15 disabled children who graduated from the Group’s Newport Street Elementary School have been granted scholarships to continue their educational careers.

Madam Boakai further disclosed that through the assistance of philanthropic organizations like Samaritan Purse as well as the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), and well-meaning friends like Lillian Marroun of the Firestone Plantation Company, she has been able to move the school from its makeshift mat home to an imposing structure on the main campus of the Group of ’77.

Madam Boakai also disclosed that two disabled members of the Group of ’77 will travel to Japan on June 30 for exposure, about two years after another disabled member of the group went to the United States for exposure.

The Second Lady admonished inmates of the Group of ’77 not to overlook themselves because they are disabled, noting, “Even though yoy are disabled, you are mentally able”.

Earlier, invited guests including Child Rights activist Kimmie Weeks, the Inventory Control Manager at the Firestone Plantation Company, Madam Lillian Marroun  and Madam Hawa Goll-Kotchi heaped praises on the Second Lady for transforming the Group of ’77 from a no-go area in 2006 to a training and learning center .

Many inmates of the center have acquired life-supporting skills like tailoring, making envelopes, among others.

In remarks, Mr. Weeks,  the Executive Director of Youth Action International, the graduates to strive to be the best in whatever they do, and pledged his continued support to the Group of ’77.

Twenty-four students graduated from the K-II Class and three from the 6th Grade.