My recent trip to Liberia…
Written by: annette_mccoy
My recent trip to Liberia as part of the HUB team was the jewel in the crown of my 7 week overseas fact finding tour.
What an amazing experience; a privilege to meet so many people from this small, war ravaged yet pulsing and loving country; my honour to meet such inspirational and dedicated souls as Kimmie Weeks, Head of Youth Action International and the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Both these people have been born to lead. Ellen and Kimmie are both determinedly focussed on ensuring that every Liberian citizen has a sustainable, healthy and productive life.
So we witnessed these two dedicated leaders in action and in doing so we also saw many others keen to make a difference in their lives and so enhance the lives of those around them.
At the Enabled Project we shared with several young men who have been maimed by landmines.
Through the inaugural Empowerment Course for Women Graduation ceremony we met proud, enthusiastic and determined women keen to make a difference in their lives and those of their families by creating businesses using their new skills and confidence.
In a country where most people could tell horrific stories of torture, destruction and grief beyond belief, I was moved and inspired by the love and gratitude, acceptance and forgiveness.
My week in Liberia has verified my belief that we in the ‘western world” which is driven by materialism, greed and fear have much to learn from our counterparts in the “third world” who are rich in the assets that count
Annette McCoy, HUB Member – Purposing Your Brilliance – Liberia ‘09