President Sirleaf Lunches Liberian Volunteers For Development and Progress (LIVDAP)

Saturday, 8th September 2007
A partial of LIVDAP members.
A partial of LIVDAP members.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - A local volunteer self-help organization has been launched in Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Liberian Volunteers For Development and Progress (LIVDAP) was launched on Saturday by the President at the Monrovia City Hall.

An Executive Mansion release says the Liberian leader, appeared visibly touched over the initiative, welcoming the effort, which she said, is in line with her desire to encourage more Liberians to take charge of their own lives and destiny. The President said development partners are encouraged to assist when there is a willingness by citizens to take charge of their own communities and towns through self-help initiatives.

The President urged the Association to draw up a structural framework, to ensure proper coordination of their activities with other county and community groups. The Chief Executive assured the group of her personal support as well as that of government, to enhance the work of LIVDAP.  The President said once a structure is in place, the Association could provide a leadership role to clean up communities and provide other services which may be required by national government.

The Acting Executive Director of the Liberian Volunteers For Development and Progress, Mr.  Osaka Dorbor, said his Association is a direct response to the Presidentís call for communities to take charge of their areas by engaging in cleanup and other productive activities to buttress governmentís efforts. The Group, Mr. Dorbo said, draws its support from a wide range of citizens including mothers, fathers and youths, totaling more than 700-hundred members across various communities throughout Monrovia.

As volunteers, members of LIVDAP have been involved in regular clean up exercises, solid waste management and other activities in Monrovia and communities around the city.

Mr. Dorbor assured the President that LIVDAP will shortly submit to her office a structural framework as well as a plan of action to tackle the sanitation and other waste disposal problems facing Monrovia and its environs.

Touched by the volunteering spirit, a private businesswoman, Mrs. Nowai Gbilia, who also witnessed the occasion, contributed five wheel barrows to enhance the work of the group.