Guyana is ready for change

first_imgDear Editor,Economies comprise three major groups: households, firms and government. One of the principal ideas in economics, is that of ownership of resources by households. Households own and control all of a country’s resources. They exercise control of natural resources through government. Households own land, capital/money, and the spectrum of businesses, ranging from banks and insurance companies to manufacturing and retail companies, to the small shops on the corner.Households also ‘own’, or are responsible for their governments. They form governments through the creation of political parties who compete for the seat of government. The governments formed must serve the will of the people by adopting policies which respond to their needs- be it jobs, welfare services, the creation of laws and regulations for new markets, or more effective government services. When governments and political parties fail, households have to produce other political parties which can deliver a government to better serve their needs and address their welfare issues. Households are ultimately responsible for the governments which administer their affairs. They will continue to suffer from bad government until they can produce better.And this, I submit, is the predicament which confronts Guyanese. We have had more than fifty years of bad government by our major political parties. Some smaller parties were even formed, and merged with these major parties to lend credibility to them when the country had suffered enough under one or the other.One conclusion that can be drawn from the voter turn-out of the recently concluded local government elections, is that Guyanese have had enough of the administration of their affairs by those who have managed our affairs over the last fifty years. I have consistently reiterated this point, and the recent elections is a clear indication, if any, that we are ready for change. With the next general elections due in the first half of 2020, we have approximately 18 months, billions of dollars in financial resources, land, and all the labor and professional capital at our disposal to produce better Government. We have suffered enough. Our children, many of whom are now adults, have suffered enough. It is time for change.A nation that fails to defend its democracy, justifies and consents to the abuses of its government. It is time we put an end to the abuses by our governments of the last fifty years.Respectfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Tribute to Isahak Bashir

first_imgDear Editor,The recent passing of Mr Isahak Bashir did envelop the entire region into mourning, he was not only a Member of Parliament, but was instrumental in the formation of many groups and committees across the Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon River – the place of his birth. He was a People’s Progressive Party stalwart with very close ties with the late President Dr Cheddi Jagan.I can remember as a lad when the PPP would have meetings at the Aurora Public Water Side and other villages, Mr Bashir would usually be in the advance party interacting with the people and distributing flyers and other kinds of literature, listening to their concerns and having these matters addressed. This man had a fantastic memory; if he met you at Aurora today for the first time, weeks after he sees you at Charity, he calls out to you. While he was a PPP stalwart he also represented persons irrespective of their political affiliation or religious convictions, he was the people’s man for which he was loved and admired.At his funeral, which was attended by thousands of persons including the former President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister and Acting President Honourable Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Regional Chairman, Davenand Ramdatt among others, all of whom paid glowing tributes to the hero, it was an illustration of the unselfish life Mr Bashir lived. The political arena of this country needs more like him. I hope and pray that somewhere, someplace from a political party, another Isahak Bashir is in the making.Sincerely,Archie W CordisFormer AFC CouncillorRegion Twolast_img read more

M&CC to remove illegal structures in East Ruimveldt Market, along Mandela Ave

first_img– vendors given 24h notice torelinquish city’s propertyThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to another group of persons who have been breaching city rules and regulations.According to a statement from City Hall on Thursday, persons who are illegally occupying public spaces on the western side of Mandela Avenue with makeshift structures, as well as the East Ruimveldt market vendors who have also constructed illegal structures are being ordered to remove their belongings from the city’s property.“These persons have constructed shacks and stored items on these properties. The Council has noted that there are plans to utilise the facility and thus offered 24 hours for persons to remove their items and relinquish the city’s property. A 24-hour timeframe was also given to vendors to remove their illegal structures ahead of the Council’s visit to the location,” the release stated.Town Clerk Royston King said, “The Council is concerned about vendors illegally increasing selling points, virtually repeating what is being restricted in the city centre.”King said that several notices have been served on the vendors but they continue to illegally expand.Notice was also given to persons squatting along Mandela Avenue.City Hall is making it clear that all other illegal structures around the city are being eyed for removal, as its sanitation and management programmes continue.The City Council reminded that the city was in a transitional phase and reiterated calls for the cooperation of all stakeholders.“While the law is clear on what is and what is not permitted in and on public spaces, the Council is adamant about mechanisms to ease the transition process for vendors. Though this is not an obligation of the Council and requires separate financing, they have noted that the well-being of the city depends on the well-being of citizens.“All Guyanese deserve to have a city equal to the best in world,” the Town Clerk stated.King said the Council has an agenda to make Georgetown the “cleanest and greenest” city in the Caribbean, and this will be achieved, “regardless of the difficulties”.last_img read more

Trial continues at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts

first_imgFatal Sandy Babb Street accidentThe man on trial for causing death by dangerous driving during his testimony told the court he could not recall driving vehicle HC4276 at the time of the accident.The Charlestown resident, Ceon Green, was represented by Attorney Peter Hugh when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.During his testimony Green told the court he currently works as a driver at a government ministry, however in May 2015, at the time of the accident he was a taxi driver.The fatal accident took place in the vicinity of Sandy Babb Street on the night of May 31, 2015. He told the court it was a rainy night when he was driving his vehicle proceeding west along Sandy Babb Street when the accident occurred.Green said he felt something hit his vehicle, which prompted him to pull over and on checking he saw a guy lying on the roadway.At that point he rushed to pick up the man but a crowd had gathered and were hurling negative remarks at him. This is when he replaced the man on the ground and asked if anyone in the crowd had a number for the Kitty Police Station or the Georgetown Public Hospital, to which he got no response.Green claimed that a man with an Indian national accent came to his aid in putting the injured man into his vehicle and carrying him to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The trial will continue on May 25.last_img read more

First Lady meets ‘early childhood’ educator to explore partnership

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger met with a United States-based early childhood education specialist and teacher, Dorrie Thomas-Crawford on Monday, who has been hosting a training workshop for teachers in the Buxton community for over seven years.The meeting was intended to explore the possibility of expanding that training in order to help improve learning outcomes in Guyana.In an invited comment the First Lady said Thomas-Crawford had mentioned her interest in hosting this kind of workshop and as such, the educator’s sister, Joycelyn Thomas-Wilson facilitated and accompanied her to theFirst Lady Sandra Granger (centre) is flanked by Joycelyn Thomas-Wilson (left) and Dorrie Thomas-Crawford at her State House officemeeting at State House.“…Given her ideas and experience in early childhood education, we were discussing how best we could share her skills and those of her colleagues, who want to contribute, some [of whom are] Guyanese, with the Ministry of Education to see if we could plan for a bigger workshop next year that would help our teachers gain the kind of skills that she can bring to improve learning,” Granger said.Thomas-Crawford has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and 24 credits in Special Education. She teaches at the kindergarten (ages five to six) level and has been an educator for 25 years.In an invited comment, she said that she wanted to inform the First Lady about her workshops and to invite her to observe them.“Our workshop is entitled ‘Teaching children problem-solving and thinking skills’… I want to show the teachers how they can incorporate language development and concept modelling in the classroom; not only teaching the children to write but teaching them thinking skills and problem solving skills,” Thomas-Crawford said.The next workshop is planned for July 28 at the Friendship Primary School.A special session titled ‘Class’ has been designed to teach the teachers concept development and other subjects.Thomas-Crawford said she will be hosting this session in collaboration with Leticia Lake, who is a former Headteacher of Tutorial High School and Guidance Counsellor at the Board of Education. Lake has over 40 years teaching experience, she said.Thomas-Crawford also revealed that plans are in train to bring five teachers to host a one-week workshop.last_img read more

Developing Urban Agriculture: Crops in Bag Method

first_imgAccess to land is a major challenge for farmers in urban settlements for reasonable agriculture activities. On the other hand, vegetable such as water greens, collard greens, pepper, you name it, can be grown in any back yard. This helps to increase the production of vegetable on the urban, local market. However, this requires that people are taught the techniques involved to produce crops in such manner.With help from Project New Outlook (PNO) – a local partner of Finn Church Aid (FCA) – women in urban and peri-urban communities have learned a new way for cultivating crops all year round in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The urban agriculture project is based on use of old cement bags. The beneficiaries of the project are given empty cement bags, which they fill with fertile soil. Cement bags are of strong material and ideal size for planting and growing small crops of vegetables. Sowing the seeds and taking good care of the garden bag is not difficult.Better Nutrition and Extra incomeBefore being introduced to the Urban Agriculture project, Martha Togba and her family earned their living by producing and selling cassava, charcoal and palm wine. Having learnt the new technique of planting in bag, Mrs. Togba has become enthusiastic about her garden. Learning to cultivate new and more valuable vegetables provides better nutrition to the family and brings some extra income.“We produce for example string beans, different kinds of peppers and cabbages. Water greens and string beans are valuable on the market, so we go and sell them,” Mrs. Togba tells and shows around her backyard garden. “Now I am concentrating in producing seeds, so that we can then plant the next crops.” She added.Innovative Solution to Fight Extreme WeathersBut why would anyone plant in a bag in Liberia, while most families in a peri-urban setting have plenty of space?There are many challenges to effective vegetable farming. In West Africa the weather conditions are extreme. Rainy season does not mean just occasional rains, but the intensity of rain fall makes Monrovia the rainiest capital in the world. No wonder that in lowlands the soil turns into mud. On the other hand, during dry season the soil gets even too dry in the highlands. During that time, adequate soil for cultivation can be found only in the swamp areas.Sowing in bags which are filled with fertile soil is the best way to make sure the rough weather conditions will not harm the crops. Even heavy rains cannot take the nutrients away, and it is easy to move the bags to get rid of extra water. Draught does not bother the bag-garden either, as long as sufficient watering is taken care of. Bags can be moved from one place to another, in search for the ideal weather conditions.“We are providing equipment and technical support. Now, having better seeds and better practices, these peri-urban farmers can produce more vegetables than before.  And what is best, they get crops also during rainy season,” Finn Church Aid Program Coordinator Emmanuel Sandi tells.PNO and FCA have supported 146 vulnerable families in seven communities to develop their agricultural skills and techniques since November 2011, when the project started. About 85 percent of project’s beneficiaries successfully cultivated various vegetables and earned income instead of suspending cultivation during the rainy season. The PNO-FCA cooperation has also been successful in initiating the revitalization of the local egg production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The SWAL-LFA Blackout Controversy

first_imgThe news that the Liberia Football Association has decided to quench fire with fire against a recent decision by the Sports Writers Association of Liberia on its ‘blackout’ on the FA sounds readiness for war.According to the LFA’s Liberia Football Today newspaper, in the last four years of Mr. Bility’s administration, SWAL had carried out three blackouts, including the latest which culminated from the incident at its Congress on March 22.Communications Director Henry B. Flomo admitted in a phone call that he has severed his relations with the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, and would live with the consequences.President Musa Bility, has been quoted, affirming that Security Committee member Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, at the center of the crisis, “remained vigilant in doing his job for the upkeep of the football association.”“(He) did not do wrong in Buchanan,” President Bility was quoted as saying. I was in Buchanan on the fateful day and director Flomo showed a reasonable cooperation.At the recent installation of officers of SWAL, re-elected vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, re-elected EC member Maxwell Dee Kemaya, SG B. Aphonso Armah, and many important dignitaries honored SWAL with their presence.And I can bet my pen that LFA Chief Musa Bility wants the best for SWAL.I have had an unfavorable experience with Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, and I know he can be unreasonable, and would threaten physical force. The LFA cannot promise cooperation when a security official shows an amount of disrespect to one of its partners.The LFA does not need any more distraction. The construction of its headquarters and the technical training center should be supported by all.And at the same time LFA needs SWAL and SWAL equally needs the LFA and it is therefore important that LFA pays some attention on the performance of Commissioner Gboyah and find a way forward, for without LFA, what will SWAL do, since we now copy stories on European games from the internet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Impact of Open Source Software in the Fight against Ebola in Liberia

first_imgOver the years there have been several discussions and literature over the impact of open source software (OSS) on economic development. Countries, international organizations including the United Nations, the USAID, the British DFID, have all touted the benefits of open source software on economic development, especially on developing countries. Yet, in Liberia, the discourse has not been as ubiquitous and widely embraced as it has been in other countries or in the literature. While open source software has made some progress in permeating the Liberian society over the years (Mozilla Firefox, Apache Webserver, PHP, Java, MySQL), its impact has not been felt as much as it has been in recent times.The current Ebola Virus Disease epidemic has not only exposed many of the challenges the country faces, it has also kindled new opportunities for economic development. One of those opportunities is the adoption and integration of open source software in the Liberian society in a more robust way to allow innovation and competition. In the past, we have spent scarce and limited resources on proprietary software to develop and maintain a digital platform. That approach has obviously hindered the development of the ICT sector especially, the development of a software industry, because proprietary software does not allow the type of innovation that open source software allows. Moreover, the cost of maintaining proprietary software-based platforms is extremely prohibitive and one of the many reasons why IT/ICT systems and projects in Liberia have failed or cannot be sustained. The current Ebola epidemic has shown that there is a critical need to establish a more robust communications and data collection system between health workers and other stakeholders. Equipping health workers with the right kind of information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease will enable them to support their communities to fight back against epidemic diseases. This requires robust IT/ICT systems that are likely to cost a lot if proprietary software becomes the solution, hence the ubiquitous utilization of open source software by various countries and international organizations to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak. This massive, efficient, and effective use of open source software to fight the Ebola virus disease further confirms that development in African countries as well as other developing countries cannot occur in the absence of open source software.In finding the cheapest, fastest and most efficient ways to track the Ebola virus and disseminate information among health workers, international organizations, and the Liberian public, a plethora of open source software have been deployed. Below I list and briefly discuss a few.  DHIS 2: DHIS 2 is a flexible, web-based, free and open-source software released under the liberal BSD license. Developed in Java, DHIS 2 runs on any platform with a JRE 7 installed. It also follows HTML 5 standards and is typically used as national health information systems for data management and analysis purposes. DHIS 2 is also used for health program monitoring and evaluation, facility registries and service availability mapping, for logistics management and for mobile tracking of pregnant mothers in rural communities.FormHub is a free and open source software that allows mobile data collection. It was created to provide NGOs and local communities with the tools to better collect data. FormHub’s powerful APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) make integration with external services simple. It was previously introduced in Liberia a while ago, through training by members of Modi Lab to prepare key energy and data specialists from the Liberian energy sector in the use of mobile rapid data-gathering tools, to estimate the urban and rural energy demand in the country.RapidPro: UNICEF recently (September 22) , “launched RapidPro, an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.” The platform was produced by UNICEF’s global Innovations Labs in collaboration with a Rwandan software development firm known as Nyuruka. RapidPro is already being used in several countries, including Liberia.mHero: UNICEF  in recent times has been working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia  to launch mHero (Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach), which is an application available on RapidPro. mHero reports “new cases; broadcast messages about care and prevention; share training information; and allow for real-time coordination between the Ministry and the health workers.”.iHRIS: iHRIS developed by a firm known as IntraHealth, is a suite of free and open source software applications that help countries around the world to gather and manage their own workforce data. It interoperates with other health information systems that are already in wide use across West Africa, such as OpenMRS and DHIS 2. iHRIS can help government officials and clinic workers easily find, share, manage, and update personnel files, including mobile phone numbers. In 2013, Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare began implementing iHRIS.I-RAMP: In recent times, the I-RAMP developed by Liberians in Liberia, for Liberians, and based on open source software tools, made its debut.Epi Info: Epi Info has been made freely available since the 1990s by the CDC.Epi Info VHS: The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is utilizing a new tool known as the Epi Info Viral Hemorrhagic Fever application (Epi Info VHF), to help locate people exposed to the deadly virus in a faster way. Epi Info VHF is an open-source program that runs on the Epi Info software platform.EpiCollect is a free (open source) web and mobile app for the generation of forms (questionnaires) and freely hosted project websites for data collection. Recently, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided a two-day training in the use of the EpiCollect data collection and storage technology for the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH).HeathMap: HealthMap is a tool (open source) that monitors and aggregates data from numerous online sources worldwide including social media on topics related to public health threats. It crunches and analyses this data and provides real-time updates on health threats, anything from West Nile Virus and rabies, to E. coli and Ebola.Over the years, when one mentioned the use of open source software as a solution (be it for business, government or academia) in Liberia, many, especially those who were schooled in Windows-based software, would argue that open source software was not a good solution. This argument according to them was based on several myths about open source software.  On a personal note, many of my colleagues think my advocacy of open source software adoption in Liberia is because it’s my research focus. But the fact is, I have seen the progress/innovation that open source software can bring and how it sustains ICT infrastructures and platforms, as compared to proprietary software. Take a look at the USA government, the British, French, Canadian, Chinese and in Africa, South Africa, Kenya, etc., and understand the impact that open source software or its development paradigm has had on those nations.Finally, had it not been for open source software, (Linux, Apache, Java, PHP, MySQL), its paradigms and philosophy, we may not have achieved all (the Internet, social media, etc) that we have achieved in this information age. New software would not have emerged as quickly and of good quality, as we see today if we were still stuck with the proprietary approach to developing software. Hence, I can argue that the success and sustainability of ICT systems/projects in Liberia demand wide and robust integration of open source software and encouragement on the part of stakeholders and decision makers for its adoption as well. Proprietary software which was hitherto the Ebola epidemic, the “de facto” choice of software in Liberia, does not allow innovation. Worst of all, its prohibitive costs do not ensure sustainability because a country like Liberia cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in licensing fees when basic necessities are lacking.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Land Rights Bill Receives Support from the Legislature

first_imgIt was interactive, it was informative, and it was quite rewarding. On Friday March 27, 2015, the Land Commission held a retreat for select members of the National Legislature on the draft Land Rights Bill.The retreat took place at the Fairground in Buchanan and brought together members of the House and Senate Standing Committees on Lands, Mines and Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Internal Affairs, Judiciary and Executive.Buchanan City Mayor, Hon. Julia K. Bono Mellish, welcomed the officials to the City of Buchanan and wished them fruitful deliberations.In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy told the Lawmakers that the Land Commission is inundated with diverse land issues despite the accomplishments that have been made regarding land policy and land law reform.He said the issue of land rights and security of tenure is fundamental to how Liberians relate to their communities and how they view themselves as citizens of Liberia as underpinned in the Constitution.Dr. Brandy told the Lawmakers that in spite of the many positive strides the Land Commission continues to make, budgetary support to implement planned programs and projects remains a challenge, to the point where Commissioners and senior staff have not received scratch cards and gasoline since 2012.He pleaded with the Lawmakers to utilize their lobbying skills and encourage their colleagues to pass into law, the Land Rights Bill, which was submitted to the National Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in December 2014.In separate remarks, the Senators and Representatives pointed out that it was their pleasing duty and oversight responsibility to attend such an interactive forum where they gained valuable insight of the draft Bill and learned lessons about the Commission that will guide them in not only passing the Bill into law, but also making decisions regarding budgetary allotment to the Commission given the high volume of work it has been entrusted to perform.They thanked the Land Commission for the excellent work being done throughout the years of existence but however expressed shock over the financial squeeze being faced by the Land Commission to do its work.They assured the Chairman and Board of Commissioners that they will use whatever means available to them to ensure that the Land Rights Bill is passed into law for the benefit of all Liberians and the nation as a whole.Representative Gabriel Smith said “Land is Life” and therefore appealed to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to seriously consider increasing the budgetary allotment to the Commission.Both Senator J. Gbleh-bo Brown and Representative WessehBlamoh expressed fear over boundary harmonization of counties, districts and clans, which remains a challenge for the Land Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  They emphasized that in order to avoid land conflicts; the issue of boundary harmonization should be addressed.Senators Henry W. Yallah, Commany B. Wesseh and Edward B. Dagoseh said with the exchanges of views on the draft Land Rights Bill, and with particular reference to the customary land tenure, they now have hope that Liberia is on the path to development.Representatives Lester Paye and W. SaywahDunah also expressed similar sentiments on customary land ownership and said that the land governance structure and means of acquiring customary land should be clearly defined.  The retreat produced candid exchanges of views between the LC Board of Commissioners, the legal team of Heritage Partners led by Cllr. Nagbalee Warner and legislators on the substantive portions of the Bill, particularly the customary land rights category, which recognizes the ownership rights of local communities to their land and non-mineral surface rights, including forest and water.The retreat was sponsored by the Land Commission, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Bank and facilitated by Heritage Partners and Associates led by its Senior Managing Partner, Cllr. Nagbalee Warner, the lead drafter of the Land Rights Act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawmakers Shun Disabled Kids, Parents

first_imgA group of mothers, who had taken their disabled children to meet with their lawmakers were left stunned and disappointed that none of the legislators came from their offices to see them.The 13 mothers, through their spokespersons, Miatta Stubblefield and Gelian Wackie, said they had gone to the Capitol Building to appeal to the lawmakers to help the proprietress of the First Start Academy where their kids were being cared for before it was closed due to financial constraints.But up to the time our Health Correspondent left the Capitol Building a few minutes past 3p.m. no lawmaker had come downstairs to see the kids with special needs. Even though some of the mothers were seen upstairs shuttling between offices of Senators and Representatives, their efforts did not convince their lawmakers enough.They and their children had arrived at the Capitol Building by 9 a.m. yesterday, September 3 with placards which had inscriptions such as: “Liberian kids with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome have rights to a daycare, not legislation, only money.”Two of the poster cards read: “Liberia 53rd Legislature, we are disabled but we are Liberia’s children. Disability is not a choice.”The kids were born with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and so need specialized care, which most of their mothers cannot provide.The Daily Observer caught up with Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Healthpage Liberia, who manages the specialized home for the kids.Mrs. Williams said she is now financially drained and can no longer afford to keep the center running at this time as every penny to run the facility had come from her meager resources. The school, which was reopened in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia, after it left its 18th Street former home was closed in June 2015, three months after it was reopened in March.Mrs. Williams’ center, which was known then as “First Start” when it operated on 18th Street, Sinkor, added a daycare component for some of the kids, all of whom were “first starters” in formal education, when it reopened its doors in Paynesville.According to Mrs. Williams, whose Health Page has airlifted many Liberian children in need of specialized medical treatment to various countries in the world for the past nine years, opening an institution like the First Start Academy and the specialized home along with the daycare, had always been her dream. Asked if she had encouraged the kids’ mothers to come to the Capitol, she told the Daily Observer that it was the mothers themselves who had decided to come and beg their lawmakers to help them.“I don’t have any trust in them. I don’t think they are willing to help. I have met and interacted with a lot of them, but nothing has been done to help,” she stated.“You don’t get any help from the government, either.”She was, however, grateful to a few people, including the Publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best and others who had assisted her in her endeavor to reopen the home. Asked if there is any hope of reopening the home for the kids, she stated: “I singlehandedly prepared all of this, and have the kids now on waiting list, and have to care for it all: from transportation, to feeding (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), salaries for workers. I am in sympathy with the parents, who cannot afford it, but I have to think about myself as I am not a millionaire, just a 61-year-old mother, grandmother with passion, but passion has an end.”She said it was a shame that the Liberian government could not afford to boost her efforts for humanity’s sake.Ms. Williams stated that the home will remain closed until she receives help for its reopening.When she reopened the home in March, she had told the Daily Observer that funding such a home was a challenge in Liberia, and she had vowed not to give up in her quest to pursue further aid for the children. On that day, she had stated that including salary payments, she would need at leastUS$70,000 annually to support the 24-physically challenged kids in the home.Efforts to get reactions from lawmakers at the Capitol Building did not succeed because many were not prepared to address the issue.Mrs. Williams can be reached at 00231 886531797.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more