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Compassion For Life
Praises Bishop Donyen

The Board of Directors of the Compassion for Life USA has showered praises on the Bishop of the Independent Catholic Church of Liberia (ICCL), Nimely Jacobkly Donyen.
The Chairperson of the Board, William B. Strine, said since he formed partnership with Bishop Donyen, five years ago in the United States of America, he has proven without doubt that he is capable of implementing the Compassion for Life’s humanitarian projects in Liberia.
Chairman Strine made the disclosure at an elaborate welcome program for the safe arrival of some members of his organization to Liberia over the weekend in the auditorium of Cheerful Givers School (CGS) in the Red Hill Community of District 2, Montserrado County.
According to him, they have funded several projects like the construction of strategic wooden bridges, market structures including Community roads rehabilitation, waterline as well as health interventions among others saying that Bishop Donyen has excitingly performed during the implementation of those projects.
He further explained that when the ICCL Bishop first met him, he appealed to him for help purposely to reroof his school building that had 600 pupils so he inquired from him how possible it would be because he did not know him neither his country of origin but the clergy promised to send him pictures.
“I later became interested because he is a man of God, so I gave him the money and after two weeks, he sent me some pictures of the reroofing process and three weeks later, the job was professionally done,” he indicated.
Mr. Strine clearly stated that he did not have any plan to help people in Liberia though some locals who were his neighbors and pointed out that it is Bishop Donyen’s search for assistance for people in the country that extended the American Humanitarian Group gestures’ to have crossed the ocean to Liberia describing it as laudable and impactful.
He then promised to carry a message of needs for everything predicated upon the many folders that he has received from community leaders appealing for humanitarian interventions and as such, they are going to seek for the funding in order to help address some of the issues.
The Head of the American delegation however informed the audience that they are particularly interested in a water project using water filters in every house that, that does not require energy for use; only gravity.
“You put the dirty water in a tub and it runs through the filter into a container that makes it clean and safe for drinking. The technology doesn’t cost much and it requires minimum time to get the water ready,” he articulated.
According to him, the Kenyans have been using the technology for seven years and currently running admitting that it is void of water borne diseases like diarrhea among others, therefore, by January 2023, they are going to do a pilot project with 100 homes to see whether the people will like it.
“The cost of a unit is estimated at US$50 but households will only pay US$2,” he assured.
Mr. Strine stressed that they are a purely humanitarian organization that is involved with providing services to the people and urged the people not to stop the water that was paid for from reaching to the school going kids on the hill top because it was intended for them.
Bishop Donyen then expressed gratitude to Mr. Strine and the Compassion for Life Family for being ready at all times when it comes to providing the needed funds that have enabled him implement projects in Liberia.
He also commended the engineers, community leaders including residents for their tremendous contributions toward the implementation of all the projects pointing out that the micro loan, scholarships for students including the Coovid-19 preventative, materials, food among many other projects have been sponsored by the Compassion for Life, USA.
Expressing their excitement for the arrival of the delegation, the residents who turned out in huge numbers sang and danced to traditional songs despite the downpour of monsoon rain.
The superintendent of Kpelleh Town Junction Market, Roseline Ngakpa lauded the American NGO and Bishop Donyen for the market building and the micro loan while Elder A. Nyema Harris also appreciated them for the community roads rehabilitation, scholarships for their children, among other interventions.

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