Clinic facilities

Orange builds a multipurpose village and a maternity hospital

Monday 9and May, the CEO of Orange Liberia and President of the Orange Liberia Foundation, Mr. Jean Marius YAO, as well as the Executive Director of the Orange Foundation and Orange Digital Center Liberia, Mrs. Sara E. Buchanan, presented the Orange Village & Maternity recently completed. clinic at Mama Tormah’s Village, Brewerville to the community and visiting dignitaries.

Liberia’s Vice President, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, and Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Ms. Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, participated visiting the newly built facilities.

Speaking during the tour, Mr. Yao explained that the Orange Foundation has a strong focus on promoting access to healthcare and digital education. He mentioned that the Orange Foundation has worked closely with the Ministry of Health to provide medical supplies to hospitals and recently made new donations to hospitals and various charities in Buchanan, Pleebo, Harper, Zwedru, Kolahun, Voinjama, Zorzor and Foya. He pointed out that the company is continuing its health initiatives with continued donations of medical and non-medical supplies to hospitals and clinics across Liberia as part of a national Orange Money community engagement tour.

Regarding education and access to digital, Mr. Yao explained that the Orange Foundation had already launched two Women Digital Centers in the counties of Bong and Grand Bassa where semi-illiterate women learn to use digital tools in collaboration with UN Women. Mr. Yao also spoke about the current seven digital schools of the Orange Liberia Foundation: “The Orange Foundation has its Digital Schools initiative which we are currently running in 4 counties and reaching over 900 students. One of these schools is here, in Mama Tormah’s school. This initiative brings technology tools to elementary school students, including solar charging and thousands of free educational content to strengthen the education of young minds. We will launch another 10 digital schools in the coming month,” Yao said. Continuing on the focus on digital inclusion, Mr. Yao also mentioned the new Orange Digital Center located in Congo City, where young Liberians looking for a job can come and learn various skills to improve their jobs. free.

Also making brief remarks during the visit, the Liberian Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, described the construction of health facilities as a “critical need” and thanked the Orange Liberia Foundation for this initiative. She pointed out that Orange has been an important health partner of the ministry since the Covid-19 epidemic, when the company donated thousands of dollars in medical and non-medical supplies to the Ministry of Health and several clinics and hospitals. in Liberia.

The Liberian Vice President highlighted the words of appreciation from the Minister of Health and praised the Orange Foundation for its forward-thinking efforts to support the Liberian government’s development program and called the village and maternity center a ‘Dream Come True’ Orange. The Liberian Vice President highlighted the struggles that many villages in Liberia face, including lack of water, education, healthcare and sustainability; all of this, she said, had been directed to the people of Mama Tomah as part of the Orange Village project.

“The needs of this community and many communities in Liberia are enormous. We can see how far this village is from health facilities. Distance has always made it difficult for our people to access proper health care. Fortunately, the Orange Foundation stepped in. The work that the Orange Foundation has done here is generational. It will go beyond what you can even imagine,” Ms. Taylor said. She then thanked Orange Liberia and the Orange Foundation for including other components, including a digital classroom. Ms. Taylor said: “The truth is that our education system is way behind when it comes to digital technology. I was therefore delighted to learn that the Orange Foundation had integrated a digital classroom. When we start these classes at the elementary level, it helps our children progress and stay on par with their western counterparts. We are grateful beyond words. The Liberian Vice President said her office and the Ministry of Health would work closely together to find ways to strengthen the efforts of the Orange Foundation, indicating that the Liberian government considers Orange Liberia an important ongoing partner.

For her part, the Executive Director of Orange Foundation and Orange Digital Center Liberia, Ms. Sara E. Buchanan, explained that the Orange Village project, an investment of USD 130,000, included a newly built canteen, a small clinic and a separate maternity ward, a conference room, a water tower. as well as a renovated school and toilets for the village of Mama Tormah, which is a former Sande bush. “This Mama Tormah Village project may be our first in Liberia, but the Orange Foundation has 100 such villages across Africa and we expect to see more under construction across Liberia,” explained Mrs. Buchanan. Ms Buchanan also went on to reiterate that the event was to feature all the facilities that make up the Orange Village project, but only the clinic and maternity ward will be divested and opened at a later date.

Mama Tormah village representatives expressed their gratitude to the Orange Foundation for fulfilling their promise to make their village the first Orange Village in Liberia. They welcomed the fact that in addition to improvements in health, education, digital inclusion and access to water, infrastructure for sustainability was included in the project, which would allow the community to earn much-needed income and empower itself.