Self-Help Initiatives Must Be Encouraged - President Sirleaf Asserts.

Saturday, 25th August 2007
President Sirleaf Inspects a seed rice project.
President Sirleaf Inspects a seed rice project.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Saturday visited a number of self-help development initiatives being undertaking by Liberians in Monrovia and its environs. During the tour, the President welcomed the initiatives by citizens to help in the reconstruction of their country. President Johnson Sirleaf welcomed self-help initiatives by citizens and said government would work along with individuals undertaking such projects to ensure that they are sustained.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President visited the construction site of a local school serving the Soul Clinic area, the Kingdom Foundation Institute, GILGAL Agricultural Seed Rice Multiplication in Paynesville, and the New Liberian Organizational Skills Training Center on the Robertsfield Highway.

The President praised the institutions for their bold initiatives to contribute to national development through education, agriculture and skills training, void of government direct support.
Too many times, the Liberian leader observed, citizens sit and wait for government to do what they could do for themselves, adding, “Government alone can not do it all.”  The Chief Executive said those who take self-initiatives must therefore be encouraged at all levels as an incentive to encourage others to embark on other self-help initiatives.

The President said banking and other lending institutions must be encouraged to provide credit facilities to help sustain and expand such efforts; assuring the institutions of government’s support in meeting the objective.

The Kingdom Foundation Institute is a Private self-help initiative providing education for residents around the Soul Clinic Community. Its facilities are still under construction. The Gilgal Agricultural Seed Multiplication is cultivating 20-acres of land made available by the Locals in Paynesville, to plant seed rice as part of a pilot agriculture project. The New Liberian Women Organizations Skills Training Center provides training opportunities in several areas including, masonry, carpentry, computer science, pastry, among others. Privately owned and operated by a Group of Women from the Buduburum Refugee Center in Ghana, the Center now provides training for about 50 females in the various disciplines.

The President has, meanwhile, urged Heads of Non-governmental organizations operating in the country to visit the projects and assess what level of assistance could be provided to help sustain their operations.