Commuters at the Police Academic Junction in Paynesville, Montserrado County Electoral District #5, were yesterday pleased when they witnessed the dedication of the first ever bus stop in the community.
The bus stop was constructed by ‘Friends of Christopher Swaray’ at the cost of a little over US$2000. It displays the motto: “Serving Humanity.”
The ‘Friends of Christopher Swaray’ is a non-profit organization formed in 2013. Its purpose is to serve humanity by undertaking various initiatives including construction of bus stops to accommodate commuters, clinics to help residents to receive adequate health care, and the provision of safe drinking water in the community.
The Chair of the organization, Christopher Swaray, formerly worked with the Ministry of Health in the department of Public Health. He lectures in Public Health at Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies.
“Our interest is to serve humanity, observe basic human rights of not only community and district dwellers, but Liberians as a whole with the goal to provide public health interventions, build capacity, undertake mini community-driven projects,” Mr. Swaray outlined. Earlier in her dedicatory remark, a prominent female resident and academic, Mother Comfort Barker, said the project came about as a result of Mr. Swaray’s passion for development and as such, he decided to construct the bus stop, particularly for school-going children, who need shelter from the sun and rain as they wait for their ride.
Yesterday’s dedication, she said represents another manifestation of Mr. Swaray’s desire to show love and identify with the residents.
“This bus stop is meant to accommodate the youths, especially those that go to school as well as all other commuters because it will not benefit only those that live closer to the Police Academy Junction, but all those in need of shelter while they await the next transportation to convey them to their destinations,” Mother Barker added.
On hand to witness the dedication were several other residents including Prince W. Kiepeh. The security sector was represented by Police Sergeant, James V. Kermokai. Kadiatu Swaray represented the community women.
In their separate statements, they appreciated the ‘Friends of Christopher Swaray’ and urged them to undertake other projects including construction of schools and clinics aside from the bus stop.