THE JOSEPH NYUMA BOAKAI FOUNDATION DECLARED

THE JOSEPH NYUMA BOAKAI FOUNDATION DECLARED

On Wednesday, 18 April 2018, the Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation was officially announced.  According former Vice President Boakai, the Foundation ‘will apply innovative methods to drive transformative social change by providing needed assistance and service to the Liberian people, and to Africa. The Foundation will be an umbrella entity bringing together implementing organizations for collective impact with shared vision focused on, and focus on Agriculture, Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Youth Development, Agriculture.

In his own words, former Vice President Boakai had this to say:

“By now, most if not all of you, have heard me speak of my unparalleled love for this country, and the deep yearning to see the lives of our people transformed and our country developed. That patriotic drive has pushed me to dedicate more than 40 years of my life to public service.

It is against that background that I announce to you today, the formation of the Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation to promote and propagate those ideals and values for which I have struggled all my life. The Foundation will be purely and 100 percent non-political, and it will be the beginning of the next chapter of my service to the people of my beloved country. The JNB Foundation will bring together the best implementing organizations to collectively impact Liberia, and support Government’s developmental initiatives.

Our Foundation will apply innovative methods to drive transformative social change by providing needed assistance and service to the Liberian people, and to Africa. The Foundation will be an umbrella entity bringing together implementing organizations for collective impact with shared vision focused on:

Agriculture, Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Youth Development, Agriculture

After decades of reliance on exports from the extractive industries, Liberia has begun to refocus on agricultural production with value chain development and food security.

Many challenges must be overcome to achieve progress and sustainable development in agriculture. Poverty, illiteracy, traditional practices, lack of access to adequate healthcare, and lack of access to financing all contribute to low agricultural productivity and development.

The JNB Foundation has seen the need to strengthen and link farmers to new and improved technology and other extension services that will help ensure our food security regime.

Women in these rural regions are the primary family supporters. They produce over 90% of food crop and more than 70% of cash crop. They are the marketers and traders of agricultural commodities. Yet the illiteracy rate is highest among these women.

The Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation will work with organizations with shared objectives to mobilize women farming groups, associations of women in cross border trade to:

Provide access to farming supplies and goods; food preservation and investment in microloans and value chain development; improve farming methods and increase productivity with high yield seeds with diversification of higher value agriculture products; provide access to markets including transportation; and catalyze women to become leaders in economic transformation, and Build women’s capacity to manage finances, partnerships and investments.

Education

Lack of education, high unemployment and poverty are a combustible mix for any society. Liberia continues to struggle with high level of illiteracy especially among rural women and girls. In the urban areas, hordes of a generation of young people missed out on education from the civil war. These make up the swollen ranks of unemployed and drug addicts.

The Foundation will

Contribute to sourcing technical and vocational training programs for both urban youth and rural women and girls; Improve access to education through scholarships; and contribute to business planning savings and credit training and basic literacy
Health

Improve access to information and health services; Access to reproductive health and improve safe births; and contribute to medical outreach
Water and Sanitation

Extend the WASH programs around the country
Access to clean water
Youth Development

Increase access to vocational and technical training; Scholarships; Access to quality education, and Tournaments and sports training.

To help us accomplish our objectives, we have established a Board of Directors (of which I am Chairman), and it comprises patriotic Liberians and other long-time friends of Liberia. We have also extended invitation to scores of Liberians, friends, and associates to become a Founding member of the Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation. The invitation expires June 1, 2018, at which time the opportunity to join the select group of Organizing Founders will close. Other membership options will be available after that date. Hon. Sylvester Grigsby a seasoned diplomat, administrator and public servant will be the Executive Director. The Foundation will be formally launched in June.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press; I invite all of you to work with us as I move into the next phase of my service to this county. Thank you for coming.”

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