US$30,000 Clinic for Clay-Ashland
By: Lewis K. Glay
The New Liberia Development Foundation (NLDF), through is Founder/President, Mrs. Rosie-Lee A.W. Bryant, identified and requested the United States Defense Cooperation office at the US Embassy near Monrovia, for the construction of the health center.
The ten -room facilities, contains waiting room, pharmacy, office space
as well as washing and food preparation area.
The construction work which reportedly began November 2004 was completed January 2005, by the Interwood Construction Company.
At the dedicatory ceremony recently at Bromley Mission, Mrs. Bryant said the success of the project was based on what she called “team work”.
In her dedication remarks characterized by Biblical aphorism, she said
“right thought; right people; right environments, right times and
right reasons produce right results.” This was an indication that
when right ideas are exposed to the right people incredible things happen.
“This is what the dedication has manifested,” she said.
Mrs. Bryant lauded US Embassy staff including Ambassador John W. Blaney, Public Affairs Officer Christian Porche, ODC Chief Lt. Col. Charles Colden, USAID Country Director Dr. Wilbur Thomas and others for their all out support to implement the project.
ODC Chief Lt. Col. Colder in his remarks termed the clinic as a wonderful
facility that he said is one of his government’s humanitarian assistance
to the Liberian people especially in the area of health. He cautiously expressed
the US Department of Defense Cooperation’s concern to encouraging
the collaboration of the community, Liberian government and donor for the
functional upkeep of the viable center.
USAID County Director, Wilbur Thomas for his part, said the initiative proved that the health and welfare of Liberians are in the best interest of the American Government. He disclosed that USAID anticipates more investment in the health sector with sustained funding in the next few years to come.
Clay-Ashland City Mayor Joanna Coleman earlier thanked Mrs. Bryant, the US Embassy as well as donors for the construction which she noted will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the community.
Vice Chairman Wesley Johnson, Health Minister Peter Coleman, including other prominent Liberians graced the occasion.