Community Development


Development Project Launched In Clay Ashland
The Inquirer
February 25, 2010
Melissa Chea-Annan
[photo: Rev. Arthur B. C. Wah and some residents of Clay Ashland]

It was a happy moment for Residents of Clay Ashland and Millsburg in Montserrado County, when the Executive Director of the Christian Health Fellowship-Liberia, Rev. Arthur B.C. Wah officially turned over a primary school to them last Saturday.   The philanthropist, who claimed he is not from that community indicated that he felt the need to assist the children in that community by giving them hope for the future and to ensure that they are educated, since it is through education that a nation can be developed.It can be recalled that in December 2009, Rev. Wah paid a courtesy visit to that community and following an assessment in those communities, he assured them that he would carry out some useful development as his way of contributing towards the development programs in the country.  Aad so, in fulfillment of his promises to the residents of Millsburg and Clay Ashland towns, Rev. Wah launched a market, school, and clinic projects, something that brought tears of joy and smiles to the residents of those communities. These projects are expected to prevent the residents from using the St. Paul River as their toilets.

During the launching program, the CHFL boss described the plights of the residents as an abuse of human rights in that they were denied their rights to education, health and security; “and seeing these areas without these basic services, I consider it a violation of your constitutional and human rights,” he added.  Amidst applause from the jubilant residents, Rev. Wah assured them that he will open two clinics for those communities in March this year. He expressed disappointment that these communities are lacking behind in terms of development and so, he urged the county authorities to ensure that funds intended for development be materialized.  Rev. Wah further stressed the need for clinics, schools and roads, among several others in every part of Montserrado County so that residents in other parts of Montserrado County cannot be denied of those basic social services.   The Town Chief of Clay Ashland, James Garway praised Rev. Wah for the efforts he made in ensuring that his promises were fulfilled. He challenged the lawmakers of Montserrado County to emulate the goodwill of Rev. Wah and carry out positive development in their county for the good of the residents, especially the future generation.  The philanthropist Reverend was later petitioned to contest the 2011 elections as Representative for District #13, something he rejected and assured them that his calling is to preach the word of God and give hope to the hopeless.

©2005 – 2010 The Inquirer Online

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Podcasts can inform poor farmers

Lawrence D. Gudza

13 January 2010

 The podcasts are recorded by members of local communities Practical Action Southern Africa, Zimbabwe Podcasts are helping people progress from subsistence farming in Zimbabwe, says Practical Action researcher Lawrence Gudza. People in developing countries often lack information that could transform their economic circumstances. Those in remote parts of Africa, in particular, could benefit from knowledge that would help them move up from subsistence farming to become successful, commercial smallholders.

To do this, they need better, up-to-date information on agricultural production and management, such as how to identify, treat and control livestock diseases and how best to harvest, store and market their crops.

Some African countries, such as Zimbabwe, try to provide this information with agricultural extension services. But these are often under-resourced, uncoordinated and unsustainable. Subsistence farmers rarely receive information when and where they need it, or in a format and language that they understand.

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Let Community Radio Stations Operate Freely
Liberian Observer
By Anonymous
Created Nov 17 2009 – 1:50am

Running a community radio station in remote parts of this country is not an easy undertaking. For this reason, those who carry out the work of keeping the people abreast with current events in their communities deserve a lot of credit for their magnificent efforts. They should not even allow fire to stop them.

A recent report from River Gee County’s provisional capital of Fish Town that politicians were bent on meddling in the affairs of a community radio station there is not only regrettable but also unwelcome and disappointing. At a time when many Liberians have gained some consciousness about their rights in the society, it is high time certain people disengage themselves from misinformation. We join a female advocate in the county in urging the staff of the station to apply professional ethics and shun all attempts by individuals to meddle in the operations of the station.

Instead of trying to obstruct smooth operations at the station, local politicians of River Gee County should facilitate and support the independence of the radio station. The impediments to running private radio stations in Liberia are many. The economic environment is not favorable. We do not have a large commercial base to support a strong radio station, especially in rural areas. The advertising income is very low for a radio station to meet all its requirements, pay reasonable salaries and other expenses to keep the radio station going. One has to engage in calculus every day to meet the financial requirements of the moment. That is not easy. What is sad is that some of those in authority do not see this or simply do not care.

Community dwellers should be helping to make the environment more conducive for the running of radio stations rather than creating conditions that undermine the operations of such stations. It requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice of personal resources to run a radio station. The balance sheet of community radio stations is nothing to write home about. Even when some semblance of profit surfaces, it quickly disappears because it is ploughed back into meeting a chain of pending issues and challenges.

We know that media institutions in the past had encountered a myriad of legal impediments from past governments. That’s why any hint of interference or threat from a government official causes so much panic at media houses even now.

It must be made clear that people who run media houses are not cowards. It is only because authorities have arrogated unto themselves so much power that they feel they can cow the media into submission. They do this with the sole purpose of boosting their political stakes.

The River Gee community radio broadcasters are determined to operate in an atmosphere of freedom if a conducive environment is created. The citizens there owe a debt of gratitude to the broadcasters for the effort they are making to maintain the station. And that debt can be repaid not with cash but by ensuring that a conducive environment is put in place for the efficient, effective and orderly operations of the station. Like UNMIL and the International Alert, the local authority needs to milk the station with resources and not just remotely control it as they are doing. This is because they and the citizens are the beneficiaries and not the journalists alone.

We think that what the community radio broadcasters are doing is of great importance for the future of a country filled with people who are poor, hungry, traumatized and suffering.

It would actually be a relief if local authorities would subsidize a station that is rendering a public service, to which the politicians should make a contribution. It is therefore their collective duty to push the government to ensure that the station operates with objectivity and fairness and not try to impose more repressive, media-unfriendly policies.

Copyright 2009 Liberian Observer Online

Reported by Gov of Liberia….
Liberians urged to utilize micro-finance as the tool to development
GOL
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The National Program Officer of the United Nations Capital Development Funds (UNCDF) says micro-finance is a tool that can be used to reduce poverty, and achieve economic development.

Madam Angelica Brown said Liberia cannot achieve economic development without vibrant micro-finance institutions which the UNDP and UNCDF have ensured that they are institutionalized.

Madam Brown said UNCDF is committed to empowering micro-finance institutions in their quests to improve the living standard of the Liberian people.

Madam Brown spoke Friday at the end of a five-day micro-finance business planning training workshop, organized by UNDP, and UNCDF in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia.

Also speaking, UNDP’s Technical Advisor on micro-finance, Kenyeh Barley, and the chairman of the national micro-finance task force of Liberia, Kollie Tamba, urged the participants to use the knowledge acquired to help improve the country’s financial sector.

The five days training was facilitated by United Nations technical advisor for Lesotho, Christopher Malwadde, and was aimed at equipping the participants with relevant skills to enable them develop and implement strategic business plans using the computer.

It brought together over twenty participants representing various micro-finance institutions in the country.
 
 
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This story appeared in The Informer (Monrovia):

 Liberia: RTP Organizes Play Day for 740 Kids in Harper
Lewis S. Verdier, II
9 September 2009

Right To Play (RTP) Liberia over the weekend organized a Play Day for 740 children in Harper City, Maryland County, with a call on parents to respect and protect the rights of children.

The Play Day was the second largest collection of children of all time in the city, according to RTP officials. The play at Tobeyville Township, New Kru Town, was conducted by volunteer coaches of the organization.

Many citizens were overwhelmed, as they stood nearby observing the children, describing sports and play as unifiers.

The project coordinator of the organization, Mr. Sampson Dolo, told The Informer that RTP is promoting the concepts sports and play for development, and to educate children on their rights and responsibilities.

He said the government had played a positive role in enhancing the efforts of RTP to implement its activities. RTP, he said, anticipates more cooperation and collaborative efforts, as it works in the interest of children in the country.

The 740 children were provided caps that displayed information on child protection, to parents and stakeholders, that children have rights and that these rights have to be respected at home and at schools.

Mr. Dolo urged the children to be obedient and learn to respect their parents that they may be blessed and educated. Besides playing, he urged the children to help parents at home and be hard working.

A volunteer coach Stephen Picka applauded RTP for the work, and said he, too, has learned a lot while volunteering. He said “Volunteering for your community and country means you are a nation builder”. He has been an RTP volunteer for two years.

One of the children, Pauline Toe, said she enjoyed football of all the sporting activities, saying, “Football makes her feels happy.”

Copyright © 2009 The Informer.

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Government/community radios sign agreement

STAR RADIO

Written by Robert J. Clarke, Jr.

Thursday, 03 September 2009

Government and community radio stations across the country have signed a ten thousand five hundred US Dollars agreement. The money according to government is for the community radio stations to help with the awareness of the poverty reduction strategy.

Information Minister Dr. Lawrence Bropleh who signed on behalf of government recounted the importance of the community radio stations in the absence of a rural communications network. Dr. Bropleh described the community radios as conduits through which government can get to the people across the country.

The community radio stations under the umbrella, the Association of Community Radios, were represented by their President William Quire. Mr. Quire thanked government for the initiative and promised the money would be used for its intended purpose.

Mr. Quire recommended that a slot be allotted to community radio stations whenever the President is making a trip in or out of the country.

The ALICO President said such arrangement would enable the community radios feel a part of the mainstream of the Liberian media.

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Sen. Findley Pumps over US$100,000 into Farming
Updated: August 26, 2009 – 6:33am
News Section:Community News

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Sen Findley touring his 250 acres of farmland beginninng with his rice farm
Vows to Support Bassa Farmers
By: Stephen Binda from Grand Bassa County

GRAND BASSA COUNTY — As Liberia strives toward achieving its millennium development goals by 2015, a few obstacles persist.

One such obstacle is self-sufficiency in the area of food production.

Instead of attacking the Liberian government’s efforts, however, Grand Bassa County Senior Senator, Gbehzohngar Findley, seems to be buttressing those efforts by investing thousands of dollars in agriculture.

Speaking during a tour of his 250-acre farm in Grand Bassa over the weekend, Findley said being an engineer, he was happy to be involved in farming.

He explained that before becoming a politician, he was also a potential farmer in his county.

“I love being a farmer,” he said, “and let me say that today or tomorrow, when I shall have retired as a politician, I will return to my farm. That’s why I am laying the foundation.”

The Grand Bassa County Senator stated that in 2005 he began farming on his current 250-acre plot of land in his home county.

Commenting on the workforce on the farm, Senator Findley said owing to the amount of work on the farm, he had employed more than 25 Liberians who also live there.

 

For more on this go to The Liberian Observer Online, www.LiberianObserver.com

 Copyright 2009 Liberian

Observer Online

 

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