World Bank Links Community, Financial Investment in Rural Liberia

World Bank Links Community, Financial Investment in Rural Liberia

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The World Bank Liberia Country Manager has urged rural communities to redouble their efforts to ensure that investments financed by the World Bank and European Union (EU) under the Community Empowerment Project (CEP)implemented by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) have long lasting impact in their communities.

Madam Inguna Dobraja praised community people noting that the World Bank and EU’s investment across Liberia would not have materialized into gains without strong community involvement during implementation. Speaking at the dedication of 15 sub-projects at the Gbongoma Bridge in Vahun District, Lofa County the World Bank Liberia Country Manager Madam Dobraja averred that communities have repeatedly shown Liberia’s commitment to self-improvement.

The dedication of these projects, Madam Dobraja told community people, means that even more responsibility falls on the community; you must provide resources for their maintenance.

“Nearly 6,500 children attend school in a new facility constructed under the project. By the new school year, this figure should reach nearly 9,000”, Madam Dobraja revealed during the dedication ceremony in Vahun District. LACE Executive Director Atty. Ramses T. Kumbuyah placed the total investment in Lofa County at US$679,092.58, which consists of bridges, schools, box culverts and water wells fitted with hand pumps.

Atty. Ramses T. Kumbuyah said the 15 commissioned subprojects are expected to provide access to basic social services for people in Voinjama, Zorzor, Kolahun, Quardu Gboni, Salayea and Vahun districts in Lofa County. Atty. Kumbuyah speaking at the elaborate dedication ceremony at the Gbongoma Community bridge site said the Agency is prepare to continue working in the three areas of its strengthen community empowerment, youth employment and enterprise development in the protected areas throughout Liberia.

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