Liberia: First Lady’s Dream for Underprivileged Liberians Turns Reality
MONROVIA – After only a few years of tireless hard work in her new role, First Lady Clar Marie Weah’s dream to revive the hope of Liberia’s underprivileged and marginalized groups through quality education, vocational training and rehabilitation, is finally in sight.
The dream – to construct a multi-purpose facility known as ‘City of Hope’ where orphans, street girls and disadvantaged youths would be housed, educated and transformed into constructive citizens – was announced barely months after taking over.
Fast-forward, the project – being constructed in Marshall, Margibi County by the Clar Hope Foundation – has now reached sixty-five percent completion.
Established by Mrs. Weah in June 2018, Clar Hope Foundation, an apolitical, non-for-profit and non-governmental organization, aims at creating an equitable society in Liberia women, girls and children healthy, educated and fully empowered to lead independent lives.
Inspecting the project on Thursday, September 10, 2020, Mrs. Weah expressed great delight over the massive progress being made and thanked the contractors for their commitment.
During her guided tour, Mrs. Weah was taken to several buildings and sites including the academic buildings, theatre, clinic, dormitories and the sports centers.
Beaming with endless smiles, Mrs. Weah appeared optimistic that hundreds of destitute and marginalized Liberians will soon have their hopes once again revived and their capacities built to reach for their dreams and meaningfully participate in the nation rebuilding process.
Through this immense contribution, Mrs. Weah endeavors to buttress government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development in providing long term solutions to problems including unemployment affecting the growth and development of children and young people.
Upon completion of the multi-million dollar project, Mrs. Weah plans to recruit and fully educate at least 200 girls at the tender ages of 3 to 5 years.
According to the First Lady, the City of Hope would also accommodate and provide technical and vocational skills training to street girls, disadvantaged youths for a specified period after which they will be linked with potential employers.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Weah has expressed gratitude to the Clar Hope Foundation donors including well-meaning Liberians along with local and international partners who believe in her dream for transforming fellow Liberians.
The First Lady is however urging philanthropists and kindhearted individuals and organizations to follow-suit by supporting the initiative which would benefit hundreds of Liberians and the entire country at large.