By Edwin G. Wandah
The Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, along with UNESCO Peace Ambassador to Liberia and also Head of Transformation International Liberia, Rev., Dr. Luther Tarpeh, over the weekend identified with several persons in Bopolu, Gbapolu County.
Making the presentation of the items worth more than USD20, 000, 00 in Bopolu, UNESCO Peace Ambassador to Liberia, Rev. Dr. Luther Tarpeh who initiated the kind gesture lauded Mr. Peter Stephen, Coordinator of Special Projects, Office of the Vice President of Liberia Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai for providing the items and making transportation available to get the things over to the several persons in dire need.
The items distributed comprise of several bags of Chinese Parboil rice, assorted clothes (first class factory made), international standard text books for all levels, several cartoons of biscuits, candies and cash.
Ambassador Tarpeh and Peter Steven donated five 25kg bags of rice to the Disabled Community, along with five bags of assorted clothes, five bags of 25kg rice, six bags of assorted clothes and Fifty United States Dollars to Chief Jallah Lone Medical Hospital in Bopolu for the In-patients.
The Branch of the Federation of Liberian Youths-FLY, was also amongst the several beneficiaries, with five bags of 25kg rice and assorted clothes, while several cartons of text books and assorted text books were received by the District Education Officer of Gbapolu County, Charles Kabbah for the school in Bopolu.
In continuation of the distribution exercise, more than 200 children received candies and biscuits. In response, the people thanked the office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia and UNESCO’s Peace Ambassador to Liberia, Rev. Dr. Luther Tarpeh.
For her part, Mama Korpoe, head of the disabled group, speaking on behalf of the Disabled Community of Gbapolu thanked the offer made by the Vice President Boakai and Rev., Dr. Tarpeh for identifying with them.
“We are grateful to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and partners for giving us these gifts and for you people to bring us rice, clothes and even money has made us proud and even tells us that we are not forgotten. We say, thank you, Rev., Dr. Luther Tarpeh, may God bless you all,” Madam Korpoe stated.
Meanwhile, both the Officer-In-Charge and Chief Medical Director of the Chief Jallah Lone Medical Hospital in Bopolu, Dr. Joshua Neeto Karnga and Dr. Troken T. Washington lauded the team from the office of the Vice of Liberia and UNESCO Peace Ambassador to Liberia, Rev., Dr. Luther Tarpeh for the 2014 Independence Gifts that were given them. The two medical practitioners promised to use the gifts for the intended purpose. In the same vein, Boakai Kamara who is FLY’s Coordinator in Gbapolu County thanked the office of the Vice President of Liberia and UNESCO’s Peace Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Luther Tarpeh for the gesture and promised to relay the kind gesture to his Boss.
Shortly after the donation exercise, the Coordinator of Special Project in the office of Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai Peter Stephen, told this Paper that the exercise is the Vice President’s own way of identifying with the people of Gbapolu County.
According to Mr. Stephen, similar programs are being observed in other parts of Liberia and said further that in times like these, many persons who are unfortunate to have bread on their tables feel proud and sometimes appreciate the kind gestures of people who share with them, especially, their leaders.