The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy has donated Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Furniture to the Group of 77.
Group of 77 comprises men, women, and children who are physically challenged and need more help from the physically fit people in order to survive.
The items included 40 pieces of bamboo stool, 6 pieces of bamboo shelf, 1 set of luxury sofa, 1 set of corner sofa and double hanging chair amongst others valued atUS$3500.
Speaking at the turnover ceremony held on the compound of the Group of 77, Madam Li Hong, wife of the Chinese ambassador, said the program is in line with the agreement signed in 2007 by her government and government of Liberia.
According to Madam Li Hong, the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving furniture was designed by Liberians with all the materials produced here.
Madam Li Hong said the program has trained about 500 Liberian youth including adults, and are now empowered to establish their own company and make their life better.
The ambassador’s wife expressed thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai, wife of Vice President Joseph Boakai for her continuous support to the Group of 77 and the larger society.
Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai in a statement said the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Furniture from the Chinese are part of China-Liberia technical cooperation project, meant to train Liberian technicians in bamboo and rattan weaving furniture in the country.
“All the bamboo and rattan products dedicated today were weaved by the local trainees with the help of the Chinese technicians. Liberia has rich bamboo and rattan resources and the local people can directly benefit from making use of the natural resources,” she noted.
Mrs. Boakai said the donation is a gift for the Group of 77 to serve as a sample of what Liberians are doing to make use of local and low cost resources to help themselves.
Mrs. Boakai expressed thanks and appreciation to the Chinese government for its supports to the people of Liberia and called on China to maintain the friendship.