President Sirleaf Visits Rafiki Village

Saturday, 9th June 2007
Rafiki Village Project Director Ed Bland leads President Sirleaf on a guided tour of the construction site.
Rafiki Village Project Director Ed Bland leads President Sirleaf on a guided tour of the construction site.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has inspected the project site of the Rafiki Childrenís Village on the Schefflin Ė Robertsfield Highway. An Executive Mansion release said the President expressed satisfaction over the pace of work at the site and pledged governmentís support in facilitating work on the project.

The Director of the Project, Mr. Ed Bland thanked the President for the visit and praised governmentís commitment to the education of its citizens. He informed the President that the project is on course to be dedicated during this yearís Independence Day celebrations. The school, when completed, will admit underprivileged children from the age of five.  

Occupying a 50 acre parcel of land donated by the Episcopal Church of Liberia, the Rafiki Childrenís Village will offer vocational course including agriculture. Mr. Bland said the Christian-oriented Rafiki Program, is aimed at assisting government meet the educational needs of the country by providing a first class conducive home-learning environment.

The first phase of the project will hold about 90-children to be elevated gradually to a High School level. The village will also include a clinic as well as recreational faculties including a basketball court and a football field.

Rafiki, which initially setup schools in East Africa, has now expanded its facilities to West Africa with schools in Nigeria and Ghana. Liberia has become the Groupís latest investment.