The Department of Community Services of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has ended a two-day round table discussion for the extension of the Community Integrated Education Program (CIEP). The exercise is part of efforts to buttress national government in her quest to implement development programs across the country.
Ms. Emma Okai, the director of the Department of Community Services (DCS), said her department is a not-for-profit development arm of the UMC and has been operating since 2006 by providing those necessary facilities to various communities throughout the country.
Such projects include installation of hand pumps, clinics, schools, guest houses, as well as under taking agriculture initiatives, among others.
The two-day round table discussion was held in Gbarnga, Bong County from July 10 to 11 at a resort, which brought together stakeholders from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties.
According Ms. Okai, the round table discussion is mainly aimed at knowing the areas of needs of the communities and how the needs of participants would be addressed.
She further indicated that DCS is set out to make practical the Missions of the Church to provide concrete, holistic, sustained and Comprehensive development for God’s people irrespective of religion, nationality, sex, color or creed, all across the length and breadth of Liberia in all basic areas of human development.
Also speaking on behalf of the participants, Nimba County Health Officer, Dr. Collins S. Bowah, commended the UMC DCS for hosting such an important event, which gathered the development needs of the locals.
Meanwhile, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Brown, the Monrovia District Superintendent of the LAC, who represented Bishop John G. Innis, congratulated their Norwegian partner, Mission Alliance, for being a blessing to the church and to Liberians.