MONROVIA, Liberia (NNS) -- Project Hope teamed up with Africa Partnership Station (APS) to deliver medical supplies, humanitarian and postal equipment, and much needed medical and technical skills to the people of Liberia. These donations culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Redemption Medical Clinic in Monrovia, March 26.
The ceremony was attended by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, Deputy Minister of Defense Othello Daniel Warrick, Minister of Health, Walter Gwenigale, and Donald E. Booth, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, among other key civilian and military officials.
"Our time in Liberia has included engagements designed to build and fulfill new and existing partnerships and relationships while striving to achieve the ultimate goal of APS, increased regional maritime safety and security," said Capt. John Nowell, commander, Africa Partnership Station. "There is so much we can learn from each other, and there is so much we can accomplish together."
The ceremony marked the beginning of a partnership between APS and the people of Liberia.
"I am delighted to be here today to celebrate U.S. support to Liberia through APS. While the principal mission of APS is to enhance maritime safety and security, it is also a new and important vehicle for the delivery of a considerable amount of humanitarian and technical assistance to the countries of West and Central Africa," said Booth. "The supplies donated this week will go a long way in helping the people of Liberia."
Through APS and Project Hope, several humanitarian assistance projects were able to be started in and around Monrovia.
"APS brings a vessel that brings hope, building upon Project Hope; a vessel that brings service, a vessel that brings people, who also join our people, in sacrificial service to those who need that service most," said Johnson-Sirleaf.
"We want to extend to APS our hand of friendship and gratitude for what you have done in coming to join us and responding to the needs of our people," she said.
Project Hope has announced that it will set up a permanent office in Liberia so the important work being done will continue.
Project Hope (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere),a nongovernmental organization established in 1958, is dedicated to making health care available for people around the globe, educating health professionals and volunteers, providing medicines and supplies, strengthening health facilities, training community health workers, and fighting communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS.
Marines from 4th Marine Logistics Group provided assistance and helped out with the delivery of approximately $58,000 of humanitarian assistance supplies which came in the form of medical equipment and supplies as well as school supplies and furniture sourced through the United States European Command's J4 Humanitarian Assistance Directorate.
Deliveries were made to the Redemption Clinic, Logan Town Clinic, Arthur Askie School and JFK Hospital; Monrovia's major medical facility.
"JFK is a hospital in need," said Caroline Teter, a representative from Project Hope, an international organization associated with the hospital. "Everything these Marines delivered today will help very much."
"It brings a healthy relationship with the US and Liberia," said Rev. Elwood Jangaba, Agencies for Holistic Evangelism and Development International. "In this country, Liberia and America have a long standing relationship. And we have seen the Marine Corps and Navy here in Liberia today helping in this community and the Liberian people. It has brought a lot of joy and restored a lot of confidence in the people once more."
Part of the U.S. Navy's Global Fleet Station, APS provides a platform with the capacity and persistent presence to support sustained, focused training and collaboration on a regional scale to maritime partners in West and Central Africa.
Commander Task Force 365 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and nongovernmental organizations are embarked on board USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) to enhance cooperative partnerships.
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