The Winner of the SHEROES Foundation’s 2019 Humanitarian Award Liberia’s First LadyClar Marie Weah, expresses deep gratitude to the internationalwomen organization for recognizing her many humanitarianinitiatives here.
Speaking at the SHEROES Awards Ceremonies in Accra, Ghana on Friday, 17 May Mrs. Weah expresses gratitude to have been selected forsuch a great honor. “I’m so grateful for the award”, she asserts in her acceptance speech, as she stood on the stage with other awardees,including former Mauritius President, Dr. AmeenahGurib-Fakim.
“The award that I have received, I dedicate it, sincerely from thebottom of my heart to all the hard working underprivileged women andchildren of Liberia. These are the women whose shoulders I am standingon today,” the First Lady notes.
A dispatch from Accra, Ghana, quotes the SHEROES citation
for Mrs. Weah as saying that the Liberian First Lady was awarded “Inrecognition of your many outstanding contributions to the developmentand the welfare of women and children in the Republic of Liberia.”
Mrs. Weah, however, says while she welcomes the recognition, she is not complacent with the level of accomplishments, as it has been aboutone and a half years now since becoming First Lady, stressing thatthere is more to be done.
She then informs the huge gathering of her many humanitarianinitiatives, all of which are aimed at improving the lives of theunderprivileged people of Liberia.
The initiatives include full renovation of several orphanages andschools; provision of food and non-food supplies to orphanages andthe elderly feeding program which provides monthly assorted food rations toLiberia’s senior citizens.
Madam Weah also names the ongoing construction of a 30-bedroom residentialfacility through the Clar Hope Foundation for the elderlyand physically challenged, and the pending launch of the She’s YouMovement, a national advocacy campaign aimed at empowering women andbuilding a better Liberia.
The recruitment of 30 Liberian girls for advanced training inindustrial hair production in China through her Women and Girls’Empowerment Project and the pending construction of the City of Hopeto educate, rehabilitate and transform disadvantaged children, youth,street girls and women, among others were also mentioned.She says her decision to undertake suchprograms was based on the pressing need to help and make a positiveimpact on the lives of Liberians.
“When I became First Lady, I did not want to sit behind the desk andbe the pretty first lady. I told my people that I want to go theorphanages and the old folk’s homes because I wanted to see how theyare living.”As a result of such interventions, orphans at many orphanages alongwith elderly people are now briefing a sigh of relief.
Mrs. Weah assured that she will continue to work harder in lifting theless fortunate Liberians out of poverty thereby, supporting herhusband, President George Manneh Weah, and his government’s Pro-poorAgenda for Prosperity and Development.
In a brief statement, the Founder and Executive Director of theSHEROES Foundation, Flossy T. Menson, acknowledges that the Liberian First Lady’s tremendous work, humility, and dedication to humanity are outstanding.
The SHEROES Awards Gala, which was part of the eighth International
SHEROES Forum, took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel under the theme:“Setting New Paradigms for Women’s Leadership in Africa.”First Lady Clar Weah was among several dignitaries awarded fordistinguished achievements in their respective fields. Dispatch