Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded Samaritan’s Purse for its support to Liberia, particularly the building of the new ELWA Hospital.
At the re-launch of the project yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Vice President Boakai said the government is pleased to have Samaritan’s Purse as one of its partners, particularly a development partner, living up to its name, Samaritan’s Purse.
According to him, Samaritan’s Purse is providing support to Liberia at a time when the country is in need and Liberia remains very grateful to the organization as well as the United States for helping Liberia achieve its goals.
“Samaritan’s Purse is giving us a first class hospital to be compared to any hospital in the world, which can be considered a blessing for us as a country. The United States has been very compassionate in allowing Samaritan’s Purse to come and work with us. We hail them for that also,” he declared.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country halted the construction of the hospital, causing delays in its completion and dedication.
“But with the recommencement of the project and support of all partners, Liberians can celebrate this great project that will contribute to supporting the health sector of Liberia,” Ambassador Boakai noted.
Providing the historical overview of the project, Samaritan’s Purse Administrator, Bev Kauffeldt, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of Liberia over the last twelve years.
“Our mandate is always to go to places that are hard to reach. We responded to the crisis in Liberia, the transition program and also the Ebola situation.”
According to her, “The greatest asset of Samaritan’s Purse is not what we have but serving people. God has brought us together regardless of race, gender, tribe and passport to do His work and His work alone.”
She said Samaritan’s Purse is committed to working with the Liberian people to rebuild the country.
“We are also focusing on protection, social mobilization, leadership training, nutrition and health as well as re-engaging donors for healthcare in River Gee,” she disclosed.
She confirmed her organization’s commitment to supporting the Government of Liberia in delivering and building the health sector.
“We hope that young Liberians will remember those who lost their lives during the outbreak of the virus. Jesus will be crafted in this hospital physically,” she maintained.
In remarks, Rep. Edwin Snowe hailed Samaritan’s Purse for the initiative to ensure that Liberia has one of the best medical facilities.
“We believe in your work during the Ebola crisis, including working with Dr. Brown and others and today we can celebrate the high reduction in Ebola cases,” he added.