Boakai Launches Foundation

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Mr. Boakai addresses the press in Paynesville during the launch of the Foundation

Prioritizes agriculture, youth development and health

By William Q. Harmon and Gloria T. Tamba

Former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai over the weekend launched a foundation to promote and propagate those ideals and values he struggled to improve all his life. The project shall be known as the JNB Foundation.

“By now, most if not all of you, have heard me speak of my unparalleled love for this country, and the deep yearning to see the lives of our people transformed for the better. Such patriotic drive has pushed me to dedicate more than 40 years of my life to public service,” Boakai said.

According to him, it is against this background that he formulated the Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation, to promote and propagate those ideals and values for which he struggled all his life.

The JNB Foundation, he said, will be purely and 100 percent non-political, because it will be the beginning of the next chapter of “my service to Liberians.”

Sectors of direct focus in the operations of the foundation are agriculture, education, health, water and sanitation as well as youth empowerment. The foundation will bring together the best implementing organizations to collectively impact the country and support the government’s developmental initiatives.

It will also apply innovative methods to drive social change by providing needed assistance and service to the Liberian people in particular, and to Africa as a whole.

“The Foundation will be an umbrella entity bringing together implementing organizations for collective impact, with shared vision focused on agriculture, education, and health,” he said.

The launch, according to observers, is a clear indication that Boakai’s defeat in the presidential run-off on December 26, 2017, cannot put an end to the dreams and aspirations that he has for the country.

Mr. Boakai and staff have established a Board of Directors, which he chairs. The board, he noted, is comprised of patriotic Liberians and the country’s other long-time friends.

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