-Celebrates 73rd Birthday
As part of the celebration of his 73rd birthday, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai identified with the less fortunate at several orphanages and the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, describing it as his own way of identifying with the underprivileged.
Making the donations on Wednesday, November 29, at separate orphanages, including Child Survival Children Welfare Center in Bernard Farm (Paynesville), Diana E. Davies Orphanage Home (Brewersville), Calvary Mission Orphanage (Bardnersville), VP Boakai explained that he was prompted to make several donations because he was a less fortunate child.
The donations included food and non-food items such as educational materials, medical supplies, rice, and toys. He disclosed that it was another way of celebrating his birthday, especially with the orphans. “It pains my heart to see children who are direct victims of losing both parents either to conflict or other circumstances beyond their control,” he said.
According to him, it is his quest to ensure that the lives of all Liberian children are improved through education.
“The children you see here today are the future leaders of our country and for the future to look brighter we must first prepare them for the task ahead. This is why we will continue to do our best in ensuring that they get better future,” said the Vice President.
He then appreciated the operators of the various orphanages for providing special care for the children which he said takes sacrifice, and promised to galvanize support to improve their living condition.
Upon receiving the donations at the various orphanages, the operators of the various homes, Diana E. Davies of Diana E. Davies Orphanage home, Othello Findley of the Child Survival Children Welfare Center and Alexander Stemn of Calvary Mission Orphanage, lauded the Vice President for his endless support to less fortunate children in the country.
Davies, whose orphanage was established in 1998, expressed appreciation to VP Boakai for hearing the cries of the less privileged children in the country and also for identifying with them at such a crucial time.
“Mr. Vice President, thank you for reaching out to us this day. We all at this home wish you a happy pre-birthday as you will be celebrating your birthday on Thursday, November 30,” she said.
Rebecca Genoway, 13, of the Calvary Mission Orphanage Home, explained to VP Boakai that children living without parents are in dying need of greater opportunities to enable them to feel part of the society.
She said: “Hon. Vice President we are orphans and that alone is a bad sign for us, but we need to be loved and cared for by our government especially in providing us better education, paying our teachers and supplying us with food to enable us to grow and learn in a good environment.”
Alexander Stemn, Proprietor of the Calvary Mission Orphanage Home, said “Vice President Boakai, we are so glad that you came to visit us. You left your busy schedule and chose to be with us. This shows that you are a caring father.”
At the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island, Boakai donated several medical supplies, including medical suits, pampers, among others. The nurses and doctors at the hospital expressed appreciation to him for celebrating his birthday with them and donating the medical supplies.
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai was born on November 30, 1944, in the remote village of Worsonga in Foya District, Lofa County. He has served the country for over 35 years in various capacities.
Vice President Boakai, who is contesting the presidential seat in the 2017 elections, disclosed that he hope to achieve greater changes in the country, including building roads, better health care services, quality education in order to have Liberians compete with other Africans, and developing a nation that will improve the living conditions of its citizens.