Group of '77 Relocates Homeless Families

Saturday, 4th August 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Executive Director of the Group of í77, Second Lady Kartumu Y. Boakai says the Group has successfully relocated 13 of the 40 family heads rendered homeless following the demotion of their structures at the Coconut Plantation Beach on Randall Street.

Madam Boakai said rooms were rented and renovated in Monrovia for four of the disabled who are blind, and rent paid for periods ranging from 17 to 40 months.

She said six family heads were transported to their original homes in Bong, Bomi, and Nimba Counties,, while three family heads have been resettled in houses built for them  by the U.S based charity, Samaritan Purse.

Madam Boakai made the disclosure Thursday shortly before two family heads were transported to shelters constructed for them in Monrovia by Samaritan Purse.

She said each of the houses, built on land acquired by the disabled, contain two rooms and a porch.

Each family head was provided a package by Samaritan Purse comprising: `clothing, blankets, a bag of rice, tarpaulin, a liter of  vegetable oil, canned fish, two medicated mosquito nets, buckets, pots and LD$500 cash.

Madam Boakai thanked Samaritan Purse, National Lotteries, the Engineering Group of Ghana and the Liberia National Red Cross Society for coming to the rescue of the 13 family heads, and hoped other philanthropic organizations would see the need to assist the stranded disabled persons.

The Second Lady cautioned the physically challenged against self-pity and dependency, noting that the only disabled person for her, is one who is mentally retarded or crazy.

She said she would not rest until all 40 family heads are resettled.

The representative of Samaritan Purse, Love Gibson, said Samaritan Purse will build 20 shelters for the disabled before the end of August.