President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has urged family of the late Mother Ellen Sackey Brown to adapt those Christ-like values that characterized her life in service to God while she was on earth.
The late Ellen Sackey Brown was mother of the Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown.
Speaking over the weekend during a grounds breaking ceremony for a US$12,000 school library project at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Barnerville, suburb of Monrovia, President Sirleaf described the late Ellen Sackey Brown as a mother to all, who helped in molding the minds of young people. In this light, the Liberian leader donated US$6,000, representing 50 per cent of the total cost of the project. “We will stand by you in this your endeavor”, she vowed.
President Sirleaf thanked churches across Liberia for their prayers during the Ebola crisis, which helped in getting the country free from the deadly virus.
She told students of the Episcopal Canterbury School to continue to work for the Lord, because the personality in whose memorial the library is being built was a God-fearing person, who served the church and brought her children up in the presence of God.
The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown and family broke grounds Saturday, 23 May for a Library in memory of their late mother Ellen Sackey Brown.
When completed, the Library will not just serve the Canterbury Episcopal School, but children of the entire Barnerville community.
For his part, the Reverend Father Michael T. Sie, Sr. Rector of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church thanked the Liberian leader for leaving her business schedule to grace the occasion. He also commended her for the hard work to eliminate Ebola from Liberia.
Meanwhile, a brother-in-law of Minister Brown, Mrs Latim Dathong, pledged US$500 to the project. He also promised to provide computers for the lab and donated three scholarships to the school for students of the Canterbury Episcopal high school to attend STARZ Computer school.
Several officials graced the occasion, including Justice Minister Benedict Sarnnoh; Supreme Court Associate Justice Karbina Ja’neh, who pledged US$1,000; Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who contributed US$200; and the Information Ministry family headed by Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac W. Jackson, among others. By Ethel A. Tweh – Edited by Jonathan Browne