Africare Dedicates 2Schools in Nimba
Publication Date: March 9, 2010 – 12:38am
Updated: March 10, 2010 – 4:50pm
News Section:Education

Mr. Homer cuts ribbon to one of the schools as Africare CR, Seubert and others look on
By: C.Y. Kwanue

On Friday, March 5, 2010, Africare-Liberia, an international non-governmental organization (INGO) working in the country, dedicated two elementary schools it had built in Nimba County.
The two dedicatory ceremonies were held in the towns of Yao-Glarlay in Buuyao District and Gbao-Guehkpanla in Zoe-Gbaa District.

The Economic Growth Team leader at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Liberia, McDonald Homer, represented U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at the two ceremonies.
In his dedicatory remarks, Mr. Homer informed the beneficiaries that the ceremonies were more than just dedication of schools, but rather the celebration of a partnership.
That partnership, he explained, was between the American people through USAID, and the communities. He said it was a proof of what is possible when Liberians take the lead in the development of their country.
According to Mr. Homer, USAID contributed US$18,700 to the construction of the schools and its facilities including the latrines and wells.

The schools and their facilities, he said, are the fruits of USAID’s partnership, which the American people value ‘very highly’.

For his part, Africare Country Representative, Dr. Chris Seubert said his organization greatly appreciates the support from the American people to Liberians, which comes through USAID.

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 GOL To dedicate 100-Bedroom Hospital In Tappita
The Inquirer
Feb 10, 2010
[photo: View of Annex Two (West View of the Hospital)]

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will July this year, delicate a 100 bed-room Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.During a joint ( MOH&SW, Chinese, WHO) assessment visit of the Tappita Hospital facility, the Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale appraised the works undertaken by the Chinese construction team and declared it both tremendous & satisfactory. Dr. Gwenigale further commended the People’s Republic of China for such a great assistance to the people of Liberia, specifically the health care delivery system.  In his statement of thanks to the Chinese Government for the construction of the 100- bed room health facility, the Health Minister cautioned Liberians to be mindful of whom they elect as leader, if such development initiatives will continue across the country.  Dr. Gwenigale, in continuation said, the election of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005 was not a mistake but rather a sound decision that has yielded significant results through the many development initiatives. He further added that it is only a credible leader that the International Community would overwhelmingly support. In conclusion, the Health Minister reiterated the Government of Liberia’s unflagging financial support for the Hospital.

For his part, H.E. Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao lauded the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for its instrumental role in the process leading to the construction project. Ambassador Yuxiao further explained that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is very interested in the maintenance of the Hospital facility, as it is vital to a sustainable Health care delivery of the Country.  The Ambassador reassured the people of Liberia of his Government’s continuous support to the Health care delivery system of Liberia and stated that the management team of the Hospital will be comprised of Chinese, Liberians and Egyptian professionals.   Also speaking at the joint assessment visit was the WHO Representative to Liberia- Dr. Nester Ndayimirji, who thanked the Government of Liberia for its farsightedness in negotiating the agreement with the Chinese Government to construct a 100- bedroom Hospital for Nimba County and the Liberian populace. In continuation, Dr. Ndayimirji said the construction of the Hospital was a welcoming development for improving Health care delivery of Nimba County and the entire region. He promised WHO’S continuous support for the administration of the Hospital. Speaking for the Chiefs and Elders of Tappita District, Representative Edwin Gaye thanked the Government of Liberia for designating Tappita as the site for the construction project.

In conclusion, Representative GAYE SAID OF Tappita District and Nimba County were grateful to for the Hospital project, which would serve as a significant medium for proper medical treatment of all in the region and county as a whole.  The joint assessment visit was concluded with a dedication of an eight- bedroom clinic in Gbeni Town, Sacleapea District, and Nimba County.

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Motorcyclist crushed to death, Health Ministry jeep set ablaze in Nimba     
Written by Matthias Daffah    
Friday, 04 December 2009 

A motorcyclist died instantly when his bike collided head on with a Health Ministry Land Cruiser   jeep in Ganta, Nimba County.

The jeep which was heading for Southeastern Grand Gedeh County was trying to overtake a truck when it ran into the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist has been identified only as Sunny Boy.

According to our correspondent, a female rider also sustained serious wounds.

Our correspondent says minutes after the collision, angry crowds believed to be motorcyclists stormed the scene of the accident and set the jeep ablaze.

As the angry crowds attacked, the driver and other occupants reportedly fled into the bush for fear of their lives.

The burnt Toyota Land Cruiser jeep was reportedly loaded with medical supplies and other personal belongings.

From Star Radio, today…..


Six counties to benefit from USAID-funded skills training Print E-mail
Written by Matthias Daffah   
Friday, 30 October 2009
A global non-profit organization, Education Development Center has commenced operation in the country.The group is charged with the implementation of USAID-funded Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth Project.

A release issued said the program will help young people develop skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of formal academic learning.

The release said the project will also seek to build the capacity of individuals in the informal sector.

According to the release, the two-year program will increase access to education and enhance the quality of teacher among Liberian educators.

The program will target children and young adults between the ages of ten and thirty-five.

Beneficiary counties of the CESLY’s Core Education Project include Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Maryland and Grand Gedeh.



50-million dollar contract signed in Health sector     
Written by Robert J. Clarke, Jr.    
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 

USAID and government through the Health Ministry have signed over 50 million US Dollars contracts to cater to the country’s healthcare delivery system.

USAID is the United States Agency for International Development.

The contracts are under USAID’s Rebuilding   Basic Health Services program.

USAID Mission Director Pamela White who signed for her agency said the contract would initially cover a five-year period.

Madam White told Star Radio the five year program would seek to improve operations and ensure delivery of the ministry’s basic package for health.

It would be implemented in some one hundred fourteen clinics in seven counties.

The counties include Bomi, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Montserrado, Nimba, and River Gee.

The USAID Boss said the initiative represents a critical new step in the reconstruction of the health system of Liberia that would benefit over one million people.

Deputy Health Minister Bernice Dahn who signed for government thanked USAID for the initiative.

The article below is an example of why we started Upcountry, Liberia’s Journal of Rural Life.  It is time for us to stand up and be counted…..


Liberia: Kparblee Cries Out For Development

The Informer (Monrovia)

Roland Perry 29 April 2009

Monrovia – Barely three years into the existence of the ruling had Unity Party led Government headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, citizens of Kparblee District in Nimba County have complained of being “marginalized” by successive government including the UP.

The citizen said since the establishment of Nimba County in 1963, the district has received very little attention from government and has not been ably represented at the national Legislature, something they said, have impeded development activities in the district for many years. Speaking during a Kparblee District Development and Awareness program in Monrovia Sunday, an executive of the ruling UP – who cross over from the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) – Mr. Victor G. Barney said as the country enjoys total peace and stability, it was very prudent to create the necessary awareness to call government’s attention to the plight of his people.

He said for too long the people of Kparblee District have been isolated from the entire country and was now urging the Government of Liberia to pay keen attention to the many development needs in the district and other rural communities as being done in other areas in the country. Kparblee borders Grand Gedeh with Nimba. It is predominately occupied by Gios and Manos who Barney said is not benefiting from all the development activities, thereby leaving the people there with no stretch of road and other modern facilities to improve their lives. The program which was held Sunday at the Kailondo Hotel brought together cross sections of Kparblee district citizens including local chiefs, youth, civil society organizations as well as students groups from Nimba County.

Meanwhile Mr. Barney has denied report that he is eyeing the Representative post of Kparblee in the up-coming general and presidential elections in 2011. He said he has no intention to contest in 2011 but was speaking out to send a signal to those wanting to represent his people to do it with sincerity and exercise a high level of mutual respect for the people of the district and the county as a whole without any pre-condition.

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Liberia-China- Health

China, Liberia break grounds for $10 million hospital in Nimba County

APA-Monrovia (Liberia) The governments of Liberia and China at the weekend broke grounds for the construction of a US$10 million hospital in the north-eastern provincial town of Tappita, Nimba County in northern Liberia.

According to media reports Monday, the ceremony was performed in Tappita located about 300 kilometres from the capital Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Chinese ambassador to Liberia Zhou Yuxiao.

The 100-bed hospital will be constructed by the Chinese company Guangdong, and will also serve as a referral hospital for the south-eastern counties of Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and neighboring counties.

Speaking during the ceremony, President Johnson Sirleaf described the construction of the hospital as a major milestone in the Poverty Reduction Strategy launched in 2008 to ’lift Liberia from poverty’.

Also in his remarks, the Chinese ambassador said construction of the Chinese aided hospital represents the mutual benefit of the cooperation existing between China and Liberia.

He promised to fully equip the hospital to make it one of the most modern health centers in Liberia, to award scholarships to people of Nimba County to study medicine in China in an effort to make the hospital vibrant