The founder and chief executive officer of the Kollah Foundation (KF), Martin S. Kollah, has called on all eligible voters in Montserrado District #6 to be mindful of what he called “too many fake politicians in town.”
Serving as the keynote speaker at the re-launch of the Child Welfare United International Program (CWUIP), Mr. Kollah said aspirants and incumbents rarely go around doing good except around election time when they are seeking political power.
“Even though I have come to speak at a children’s program the message I have brought is really intended for you adults, who are parents or guardians of these kids. If you don’t decide the right way in October there will be no way by which your lives and the lives of these children will improve,” he said.
“During election time, we see many so-called humanitarians who, before this time, hardly let people into their homes, lest we say anything about providing a cup of rice for any family. Now (election season) is the time they come up with foundations and so many different organizations in the name of humanity.”
Kollah added that if the present crop of 73 representatives were truly patriotic and working in the interest of the country, Liberians would not be crying for a better and improved education system, sanitation, healthcare, and many other services.
“Because of the high poverty rate in our country people get carried away and accept what should not be accepted, or acceptable. We have to learn by now, most especially after going through two crucial elections in 2005 and 2011,” he said.
The Montserrado District #6 representative aspirant said his reason for wanting to be in the Capitol Building is not to amass wealth for his personal benefit, but to instead contribute to legislations that will bring about transformation.
“Today you have some of them who have returned from America and other parts of the world with people’s money and are passing around renting houses to run their programs. If they fail, do you think they will stay on the ground as we who are always here with you no matter the circumstances? No! That will never happen because it has not happened before,” the Kollah Foundation boss pointed out.
Commending CWUIP for re-launching the initiative to provide for the educational needs of children, Kollah promised the program his foundation’s preparedness to provide scholarships for most the kids for the next academic year.
For his part, the executive director of CWUIP, Pastor Jefferson Dejay, said his organization is doing its best to help educate the many children of the district whose parents or guardians lack the means, adding that they also provide the children “a Christian education so as to help them learn and value spiritual things.”
“We have been in the business of helping children advance in their education and life skills development in this country since 1998, but due to the civil unrest that led to us losing everything, including our office space, we could not continue,” Pastor Dejay said. “But we are back again to continue with our platform to improve the lives of children.”
Meanwhile, Pastor Dejay said his organization has acquired 10 acres of land in Grand Bassa County for agricultural purposes.
“We are seeking the help of everybody so that we may start our farming project that will provide our children food so we won’t have to look in the market for imported food items. We want to plant pepper, vegetables, fruits and many other produce that will feed us and our kids,” the CWUIP head added.
He revealed that his not-for-profit organization presently caters to 250 children from all backgrounds, and is in need of more resources to expand its network to other parts of the country.