Emma Smith Foundation Launches Campaign to Clean Communities

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The Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF) has launched a community cleaning up campaign project in Montserrado County Electoral District #6 (Paynesville City) and much of the highway leading up to the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
The first of the campaign, which lasted for four days and took place in several communities within the district, has been concluded.
For the four days, beginning last Monday through Thursday, over 1000 young men and women were seen cutting grass along the main RIA highway, filling in potholes and de-clogging drainages in the district.
Communities that were mobilized to get involved with the campaign included King Gray, Carver Mission, ELWA Palm Bush, Kpelleh Town, Kende Town, Rock Hill and Zoegleo.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Ms. Emma Smith, executive director of ESLRF, said the purpose is to help keep their environment clean and avoid air and water-borne diseases. Ms. Smith also stated that her Foundation decided to embark on the project to encourage youth participation in community service.
She used the occasion to call on leaders of various communities to join efforts that will be aimed at cleaning their communities instead of waiting on the Liberian government to do it for them. She re-echoed what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said about community residents getting involved in community service during the heat of the Ebola virus disease epidemic in 2014.
After the cleanup campaign, Emmanuel Tonpole, community head of Rock Hill, stated he was so glad that after almost two decades of being partially closed, their community road has been opened again.
He beseeched Ms. Smith’s Foundation to continue with such initiatives that make residents of various communities get involved in cleaning their communities.
Many volunteers appreciated the campaign and hoped it would be continuous.
In order for Ms. Smith’s Foundation to successfully pull this off, they wrote the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), through its Food for Asset Program.
WFP granted their request and at the end of the four-day project, it brought two trucks containing 266 bags of rice and beans, 38 cartons of oil, 66 bags of corn meal and five sacks of salt with each sack containing 25 pieces of 25kg.
After each of the over 1000 volunteers had been served their consignment, the leftover was distributed to senior citizens, widows and vulnerable people in the district.
She thanked the WFP for providing food for work for the volunteers.

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