LUSH Renovates School in Belefania

By: Winston Kerkula


Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted December 28, 2004

In a bid to adequately improve the educational system in rural Liberia, the Liberians United to Serve Humanity (LUSH), in collaboration with its implementing partners, the UNHCR, has completed the renovation works at the Gorpue Dolo-Boi Elementary and Junior High School in Belefania, Bong County.

Making the disclosure recently, LUSH’s Bong County Coordinator, Jonathan Yorwaiteh said, as a result of the 14-year-old war in the country, the school was damaged beyond repairs and as such, LUSH through the help of the UNHCR decided to renovate the school.

He said Gorpue Dolo-Boi Elementary and Junior High School is the only junior high school in Zota District that was catering to the educational needs of rural Liberian children.

Mr. Yorwaiteh said, “We do not have anything to give our rural Liberian brothers and sisters but if we can help renovate the school and improve their educational strength then, I think we are also building the nation.”

At the same time the principal of the school, Johnson Flomo, has commended LUSH/UNHCR for their timely gesture and appealed to them for more funds to speed up with the reconstruction of other damaged schools, noting, “ The Gonpue Dolo Boi Elementary School is not the only school that was damaged during the course of the Liberian civil war.”

In another development, the LUSH Bong County Branch has completed the construction of a transit point at the TV Tower displaced camp in Gbarnga, to host more than 28,700 returnees/refugees that are gradually returning to the county.

Mr. Yorwaiteh disclosed that the repatriation of the refugees is being sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mr. Yorwaiteh told our correspondent during a guarded tour of the facilities that the decision to repatriate the refugees was reached at a recent meeting attended by various NGOs, LRRRC and Bong County local authorities.

He then called on district commissioner, chiefs and elders to welcome the return of their brothers and sisters, who have been in exile for too long and are now returning home.

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