15 April 2013

Liberia: Local NGO Commits U.S.$ 8 Million - to Fighting Diseases, Illiteracy

A local non-governmental organization has committed the sum of US$8M to fight against diseases and illiteracy in Liberia.

The Weato Foundation for the Less Fortunate (WFLF) whose operations focus on Nimba County says it is not only building health facilities, but providing requisite training opportunities to more than 700 teachers in order to give back quality education to the local communities.

Dr. Peter Weato, head of the organization, said disease and illiteracy are socio-economic factors that are contributing to untold poverty and even responsible for the country's recent nightmare, which his organization is poised to change.

"Since 2004 our organization has been investing in Nimba County with a focus of fighting diseases and illiteracy, a menace to the socio-economic development of the country" Dr. Weato noted.

Though the organization has already built more than 30 classrooms in rural Montserrado County with 27 teachers, many of whom are from Nimba County, 5 of those 18 sponsored students are still in schools and are expected to graduate soon.

"Personally, I have spent a little over US$8 million now in the county and I am reaching out to the target population", he said.

According to him, they were doing construction of schools, clinics and a hospital to fight disease, adding: "the reason we have the WFLF is to get those people that are underprivileged, the less fortunate from the streets."

"Our program is not about GPA. I have sent 18 Liberians specifically Nimbaians from the lower level to that of college education".

He added that his organization (Christian Foundation) is currently providing skill training and technical know-how to over 700 teachers in Zekepa sponsored by his family and is headed by elder James Cole, a religious leader

"Many of the teachers that we met in the county teaching our kids were sub standard because they were not opportune to attend the rural teachers institutions sponsored by government including that of tertiary institutions", Dr. Weato asserted.

He wondered how the teachers will be better equipped to give back quality education to their communities if his organization did not impact the required knowledge to them.

"If you want to criticize someone eating with a spoon and they are about five in number within a household, you need to provide additional four spoons for them; that is the technique we are applying right now", he added.

As part of strategy to improve the standard of the Jackson Fiah Doe Referral Memorial Hospital in Tappita, he said they have invited all lawmakers of the 53rd National Legislature to visit the hospital to see the need to increase budgetary support to the medical facilities to enable it reach its full potential- human and resource capacity.

Many government officials leave the country regularly to seek medical treatment abroad-Ghana or USA spending over US40,000 for an operation that which can be done at the hospital for as little as US$100.

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