“I have no bank account, no property in my father’s home in Lebanon, only here in Liberia,” were the words of Abraham Farah, a Liberian born Lebanese businessman who recently opened an elementary school in the old mining town of Bong Mines in Fuamah District, Lower Bong County. “My late father, John Farah, came to Liberia in the early 1940s, and lived all his life in Kakata, where he bore all of his children,” he said.
As a philanthropist who labored and toiled for everything he owns, Mr. Farah said he made Liberia his home without acquiring any property back in Lebanon.
He promised to continue his father’s legacy by complementing the Liberian government’s effort to improve the education sector, especially at the primary level.
Abe, as he is affectionately called by his friends, expressed gratitude for being a part of the government’s quest to provide quality primary education for Liberian children.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi correspondent Richard Baysah, the John Farah Educational Foundation is named after Abe’s late father, a Lebanese national who resided in Liberia in 1940s.
The school will offer as part of its academic program, computer literacy programs for students from grade one to six. It is the only school in Fuamah District where computer literacy is part of the school’s curriculum.
The school, according to Mr. Farah, will extend its academic program each year until it reaches the high school level.