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Middle Island Resources contributes to education sector

By Augustine Myers

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-The Middle Island Resources Limited (MDI), in collaboration with the Australian Government, has constructed a school building in Grand Gedeh County.

The educational edifice, constructed in ZAI Town, Tchien District, comprises three (3) class rooms, a library, teacher’s lounge, storeroom, Principal’s office and modern toilet.

The new facility is annexed to the Gborho  Jr. High School in Zai Town, and also renovated the Toe Memorial Institute in Toe Town, both in Grand Gedeh County.

Middle Island Resources Limited (MDI), an ASX-listed company, listed on 16 December 2010, has gold exploration assets in Liberia.

The Company has a stated policy commitment to contribute up to 5% of its exploration budget each year to social development initiatives within the communities in which it operates.

In fulfillment of its commitment, carved under its Social Development programs, the MDI decided to address one of the major and priority needs in Zai Town, Tchien District,   Grand Gedeh County, where the company’s main camp has been established.

This brought about the construction of an annex to the government school in Zai town and the renovation of the Toe Memorial Institute in Toe Town.

These schools currently cater to close to one thousand students from the Gborho Chiefdom, including Zai Town and several surrounding towns and villages (Bargblor Town, Tuzon, Gwien Town, Sowaken, Barteh Jam, Jojailah Town, and Bassa Village, among others. The Australian Government, through its Direct Assistance Program, co-financed the project.

During the implementation of this project, MDI contracted the services of the Evangelical Children Rehabilitation Program (ECREP) to carry out Social Mobilization of the Community to take ownership of the project, while Barwulue Agro Development and Reconstruction Agency (BADRA), carried out the construction. 

On June 15, 2013, the newly -constructed school building was officially turned over to the Government of Liberia.

Speaking at the program, the representative of MDI, Madam Sarah Mackenzie, said: “I am happy to say that in the past two and a half years, we have been working in Grand Gedeh County to assist the people who have welcomed us into their communities.”

“In Toe Town where we had our first camp, we have renovated and refurbished Toe Memorial Institute, and we have provided zinc for the roof of the new Toe Town Elementary and Nursery School. “ She noted.

According to her, between Zleh Town and Mambo Camp, MDI worked along with the community and brushed the road and repaired the bridges there.

“But our biggest project has been the Gborho High School in Gborho Chiefdom, Grand Gedeh County. The school, according to her, “was a big project for us. So, we obtained co-funding from the Australian Government through its Direct Assistance Program.”

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to ECREP for all the ideas, dedication and good humour they have brought to the project, and I hope the children of Gborho Chiefdom will now attend school up to 12th Grade. I am proud to hand the keys over to Grand Gedeh County on behalf of MDI and the Government of Australia.” Madam Mackenzie added.

The Project Planner of Grand Gedeh County, Washington Sah-Flah Yonly, represented the Government of Liberia, received and turned the key over to the County Education Officer, Bestman Charpy and the PTA at the turning over program.

The CEO of the Evangelical Children Rehabilitation Program, G. Abraham   Powell, presented certificates of appreciation to community members who cooperated well during the project implementation stage.

He also presented awards to the football teams that won the tournament played between communities as a way of uniting them. A football was given to the second winner, while a jersey was given to the first winner.

For his part, MDI Country Manager for Liberia thanked all those who worked tirelessly toward the project successful implementation.  “MDI is an exploration company, not a mining company.

“Though we are interested in looking for minerals, we also contribute to community development. This project will enable your children to have access to education up to 12th Grade”, the MDI Liberia Country Manager added.

 

 


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