While we often stress how saving can help lead to a better life, it is just as important to remember to be a giver as well.
Giving back may be one of the most important principles in life. Those who are givers often receive the rewards of giving in many ways other than just financial gain.
It’s been written that the poor will always be among us, but in recent times these disparities have grown by leaps and bounds.
With the world mired in a pandemic, the importance of giving back has been magnified. Nonprofits and community organizations are feeling the strain of increased demand for services from those in need.
This is happening around the word especially African Countries.
Liberia been among the word ‘poorest’ countries many of the above mentioned constrains are happening.
But how are citizens working to get some of those things solve remain high on the agenda of many sons and daughters of Bong County.
Mr. Caimon Joe Kollie is a son of Bong County, and current President of the United Bong County Association in the Americas (UBCAA).
The association under his leadership continue to strive for the betterment of the lives of its members and citizens of Bong County back in Liberia.
Mr. Kollie under his watch recently harvested the pilot project of the UBCAA rice farm which was the first of its kind for the association.
The latest was on Saturday September 24, when we witness the graduation of 64 young Bongese from the association’s first ever computer literacy training program in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Mr. Joe Kollie in a live video remark at the event described it as a dream comes true.
He congratulated the graduates and admonished them to be an agent of change as they go into the society.
Most importantly, Mr. Kollie announced the launching of two different programs for the development of disadvantage women and youth in the county.
He named the launching of UBCAA Home and Economic Skills Development Program as well as the UBCAA Empowerment Scholarship Program.
“Today, we want to congratulate the students and their families for a job well done. We especially congratulate the first graduating class of the UBCAA Computer Literacy Program. We are proud of you for your achievements. You worked hard to earn yourself a certificate”,
So many other disadvantaged young people across our county need our investment or attention. We have positioned UBCAA to invest in the lives of young people and other vulnerable communities in Bong County.
He and his team were elected in July 2021, to the leadership of UBCAA, an organization that has struggled for decades to make significant impacts in Bong County.
The UBCAA’s president said the association is working to build a robust community non-profit organization that will work to address some of the critical needs facing the community, both in the USA and Liberia
“Being aware of our past struggles, we have worked to gain the trust of our community by putting forward a vision “to build UBCAA into a robust community non-profit organization that will work to address some of the critical needs facing our community, both in the USA and Liberia.”
Mr. Kollie disclosed that the organization will work under his leadership to ensure the establishing of a fully functional operational office in Gbarnga, Bong County, Creating a UBCAA Community Farming Program, in Bong County, building the UBCAA Community Learning Center (CLC), establishing the UBCAA Home and Economic Skills Development Program and as well establishing the UBCAA Empowerment Scholarship Program (ESP).
“We are eternally grateful for the partnership with our Liberia Program Team, headed by Mr. Philip Singbah, assisted by Mr. Nuwoe Charles Kellen, Mr. Isaiah Morris, and our incredible team of volunteers who are helping to make this vision a reality.
In just 14 months, under our stewardship, we have made significant progress in achieving our administration’s strategic goals. We took over UBCAA, an organization that has been around for more than 30 years and, for the most part, has been described as a ‘do-nothing’ organization.
In just few months, we have turned UBCAA into a robust serviceable organization that is meeting some of the critical needs of our community, which is in line with our collective aspirations”, Mr. Kollie said ..
To give you a picture of whence we have come, we took over an organization with no presence and project in Bong County.
Today, we can point you to the establishment of a fully functional operational office in Gbarnga, Bong County, we have started the UBCAA Community Farming Program, Bong County, with crop harvesting ongoing, we have established a UBCAA Community Learning Center (CLC), providing opportunities to do homework and research, we started a Computer Literacy Program, with the first graduation ceremony today and we continued to engage in humanitarian outreach to support the disadvantaged
community in Bong County.
The Graduation Program in Pictures ….
“In the next few weeks, we will launch the UBCAA Home and Economic Skills
Development Program (sewing program), which will provide skills-building opportunities and financial support to establish small businesses, primarily for disadvantaged young women in Bong County, Liberia.
We will launch the UBCAA Empowerment Scholarship Program (ESP) in the months ahead.
To broaden our reach across the county, UBCAA will expand its programs to other regions, such as Jorquelleh, Fuamah, Zota, Kokoyah, Salala, Panta, Sanoyea, and other areas. Together, we can get it done”, he said.