First Ladyâ€™s Office Rubbishes Debbahâ€™s Claimes as Reckless
The Office of the First Lady condemns as baseless and misleading, Mr. James Salinsa Debbah’s post on social media claiming that the First Lady, Mrs. Clar Marie Weah, gets more budgetary allocations than the Monrovia Consolidated Schools System, (MCSS).
In his reckless and unfounded statement, the defeated Montserrado District # 9 representative candidate failed to substantiate his claims with the figures of the exact amount as he claimed were allotted to the First Lady.
The office of the First Lady sends a strong caveat to Mr. Debbah to refrain from such falsehood and groundless comments against the First Lady and face the reality of his defeat.
However, the office of the First Lady urges the public not to be misled but remained assured of Mrs. Clar Marie Weah’s commitment to continue to improve the lives of underprivileged Liberians in support of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
Budgetary allotments to the office of the First Lady, properly legislated, goes towards personnel salaries and projects targeting the needy which she supervises.
It must be noted that under her non-governmental humanitarian activities which she implements through the Clar Hope Foundation, the First Lady initiatives touch the lives of many young women, the elderly and youths in general.
Some of the projects and initiatives undertaken by the First Lady include:
• The full rehabilitation and refurbishing of many orphanages and schools in several counties
• Regular food and non-food supplies to over 30 orphanages in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bomi among others
• The construction of a modern home and full renovation of two residents of extremely poor elderly and disabled persons in Montserrado County
• Scholarships for several young ladies including in various universities, elementary and high schools
• The ongoing construction of a modern vocational training center for army wives,
• Support to the National Female Soccer Team
• Provision of nearly 80,000 packages of food rations for over two years to the elderly under the elderly feeding program
• Livelihood support as part of covid-19 response, targeting several communities in the hardest hit counties, Montserrado and Margibi among other
• And other humanitarian outreach initiatives.
While the First Lady remains appreciative of the limited resources made available to her office, it remains clear such amounts are inadequate, considering the huge humanitarian needs in the country.
Hence, out of her passion and affection for Liberians, Mrs. Weah established her own initiative, the Clar Hope Foundation, as a non-political and non-for profit organization aimed at enabling an equitable society in Liberia where women and children are educated, healthy and fully empowered to lead independent lives.
Funded exclusively by private individuals and organizations including Liberians who believe in the First Lady’s work, the Clar Hope Foundation has been able to do the following projects:
• Facilitated the skill-training of thirteen Liberian teenagers in China, covering their tickets to and fro and fro, accommodation and other expenses
• Construction, furnishing and operation of a modern self-contained 30-bedroom Old folks home in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County
• Construction of an entire village known as City of Hope in Marshall, Margibi County to educate and transform less fortunate Liberians including over
200 girl children of beginning from age 4, provide vocational and technical skills and accommodation to street girls and other disadvantaged youth among others.
The Office of the First Lady notes that Mrs. Weah is pleased that hundreds of Liberians are being impacted by the many initiatives of her office and foundation but will remain focused on extending to as many needy Liberians as possible.