The Liberian leader’s comment was contained in a communication read on her behalf by the Minister of State without Portfolio, Sylvester Grigsby at the official handover ceremony of educational and nutritional items by the Chinese government to the Lolognta Center in Sinkor Friday.
The donation, valued at a little over US$25,000, was made under the China-Africa People-People Friendship Action through its Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
The items include 10 portable blackboards, 20 blackboard erasers, three DVD music players, a flat screen television, several cartons of juices and 10 bags of 25 kg rice.
“We have come once again to witness another manifestation of the true friendship of the good people of China and the people of Liberia by this generous donation,” President Sirleaf emphasized.
She recalled that China was the first country to identify with Liberia at the height of the Ebola outbreak, which, she noted, was pivotal in defeating the lethal virus and as such, the latest donation further bears testimony to how China remains a dependable partner in Liberia’s reconstruction drive.
For his part, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue lauded the Confucius Institute for the donation to the Lolognta Children’s Village and hoped that the gifts will help the kids have a better study and living environment in the future.
“This Village is a fruit which embodies President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s desire to make the children smile again,” the Chinese envoy stressed.
The Lolognta Project, which is borne from the Kpelle language meaning “The Little Children’s Home” was established in 2009 and started operation in 2011 as a community-based program for children from zero to six years old and their families.
The program is geared towards improving early childhood development through a holistic approach that combines education, health, culture, nutrition and social development as a means of linking Liberian/African cultural values with modern technology drive in the global society to provide the country’s future generation with a foundation for a sound education.