US Army Veteran And Philanthropist Set To Launch Vocational Education For Underprivileged Youths In Liberia
Monrovia – Liberian underprivileged youths are expected to benefit from a rehabilitation center to be launched by a Liberian trained United States of America Army personnel, Patrick V. Suomie. The center, according to Patrick V. Suomie, a U.S. Army veteran, philanthropist, and Founder/CEO of the Diversified Integrated Vocational Educational Foundation (DIVEF), is aimed at giving back to his country of birth and helping to transform the young people of Liberia. When the center is fully launched, it will recruit at least 175 disadvantaged youths to participate in comprehensive vocational training programs, psychosocial support programs, and recreational outreach programs.
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Suomie, who emigrated to the U.S. some 12 years ago to find greener pastures, but told FrontPage Africa that his vision for Liberia has been to return home and be a part of the country’s peace-building and youth development initiatives. He explained that his vision drove him to establish the Diversified Integrated Vocational Educational Foundation to provide safe rehabilitation facilities in five locations in Liberia. He disclosed that the groundbreaking ceremony will take place in May of 2023, while construction works for one of the facilities will resume in December of this year, 2023.
“We have been in the non-profit business for a while, but our dream to rehabilitate underprivileged youth worldwide, especially in Liberia and neighboring countries of the Mano River Union, is dear to our hearts,” Suomie said. “We own a family-owned business, ‘PATMADA Cleaning Services, LLC,’ where we intend to use the proceeds from this business to sponsor the construction of our mini rehab with help from our donor partners. Making this dream a reality is one of which we strongly believe in,” he asserted.
Patrick further said his organization has already secured a couple of lands across Liberia, one of which is along the Robertsfield highway in Margibi County, where a mini rehab construction will resume in the fall of this year. He lamented that after the groundbreaking and construction of the first center in Liberia, they will launch the program’s first phase in April 2027, where they intend to recruit up to at least 175 disadvantaged youths to participate in comprehensive vocational training programs, psychosocial support programs, and recreational outreach programs.
The Diversified Integrated Vocational Educational Foundation is a corporate, non-profit entity founded to assure the public of safety by operating safe rehabilitation facilities through professional staff development and effective management.