Vice President Boakai Stresses the Importance of Volunteerism

Friday, 10th August 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has observed that volunteerism can buttress government’s efforts in the reconstruction, renewal and reformation of war ravaged Liberia.

He said the type of volunteerism envisaged by ‘Volunteers in Liberia’, a group of U.S based Liberians wishing to offer free services to their country in the health and education areas, could also benefit Liberian youth who will be working alongside them.

Vice President Boakai made the observation Thursday when a six-member team from the U.S based ‘Volunteers in Liberia’, paid a courtesy call on him to acquaint him with their mission in Liberia.

He said it was amazing to know that these Liberians could use their time, talents and resources to make contributions to their nation, and assured government’s fullest cooperation in this endeavor.

“This is good news for Liberia,” Vice President Boakai added.

The Vice President noted that the war left the country in very bad straits. “From a budget of about half a billion before the civil conflict, managing a budget of less than 200 million at a time when the challenges are so many is inconceivable,” the Vice President further noted.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Founder of ‘Volunteers in Liberia’, Frederick N. Peal, said Liberians in the United States came together to respond to the President’s call on Liberians in the U.S to return home and participate in the rebuilding of their nation.

He said the volunteer program targets Liberians in the U.S who are not ready to return home, to contribute in the areas of health and education.

According to Mr. Peal, student exchange programs were also being planned to further expose Liberian students.

He disclosed that the group would host workshop on volunteerism Friday at the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, following which they would open an office in Monrovia to be manned by local staff.

A member of Volunteers in Liberia, Civil Engineer Lenus M. Perkins, said they were moved by the late President John F. Kennedy’s exhortation, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.