A United Kingdom charity organization, PACLIB of Scotland, on Tuesday afternoon donated office furniture to the Liberian Observer Corporation (LOC), publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper, in Paynesville. The donation included two medium and a large bookshelf and eight swivel office chairs.
PACLIB’s Senior Supervisor Kelme Kermah said the donation is intended to empower the Liberian Observer Corporation in its reportorial and managerial duties.
Mr. Kermah said PACLIB UK Scotland was established in 2014 to enhance educational activities in Liberia.
He said the organization has been helping schools with food and other support, including uniforms, and it is currently constructing a school in Todee District, Montserrado County.
When the school is completed the entity will partner with the Liberian government to hire qualified teachers, Mr. Kermah said.
PACLIB’s Jackie Kamara added that the decision to build the new school in Todee is to support and encourage the aspirations of children who learn under difficult conditions in the district.
The donation was prompted by the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Fatmata Jallow, who was a reporter for The Gambian Daily Observer which was originally established in Banjul in 1992 by Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, the Publisher and Managing Director of the Liberian Observer
Corporation. Mr. Best and his family settled in The Gambia during the Liberian civil war and established and operated the Daily Observer there.
Receiving the items, Mrs. Mae Gene Best, LOC Business Consultant, extended gratitude to PACLIB for the timely and greatly needed furniture. “When you have the right tools and furniture to work with, an entity such as ours is enabled to put out useful information for its reading public at every level of our society,” Mrs. Best said.
Commending the organization for its humanitarian initiatives, Mrs. Best said charity is a huge effort that is needed in developing countries, including Liberia. “May God bless and multiply the work of your hands and your organization in order for you people to provide the kind of assistance that Liberians and our country need,” she added.
Mrs. Best assured PACLIB and its supporting partners of the Daily Observer’s determination to provide the kind of services that will help inform Liberians and the outside world of the kind of work being carried out in Liberia.
Following the presentation, PACLIB members were taken on a tour of the various departments of the LOC in order to see firsthand how the Daily Observer newspaper is produced.
The PACLIB officials visited the newsroom and were briefed on the epicenter of newsgathering, where reporters return at the end of the day to process their information.
In the Observer Printing Press, Mrs. Best briefed the group on how some of the printing processes are carried out by the LOC printing staff during the night hours.
Lastly the group was welcomed in the Stanton B. Peabody Library by librarian Satta Sonie who showed them back issues of the Daily Observer from 1981 and other Liberian newspapers as well as books authored by Liberians and the Bible in several Liberian languages which are housed in the Library. Ms. Sonie took the opportunity to give the group a brief historical account of the encounters the Daily Observer had in the 1980s with the erstwhile military and civilian governments of the late President Samuel K. Doe.