THE UNION OF LIBERIAN ASSOCIATIONS IN THE AMERICAS (ULAA )
Office of Press & Communications
Concerns Surrounding the $100,000.00 Pledge Donation and $300,000.00 Budgetary Allocation by the Government of the Republic of Liberia.
STATEMENT & PRESS RELEASE
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) wishes to thank everyone who attended our 47th Inauguration Ceremony and pledged towards the Liberian Diaspora Initiative Fund (LDIF). An initiative aimed at funding economic projects in Liberia. A special thanks to the government and people of Liberia for a substantial donation of $100,000.00 to the Liberia Diaspora Fund, under ULAA Social Services, a 501 (3) C Entity.
This donation is the largest of its kind ever in the organization’s history and it also shows the government of Liberia’s readiness to engage, partner, and collaborate with the diaspora community to move our nation forward. It will also assist in laying the groundwork for advocating for issues affecting Liberians in the United States. Furthermore, the accompanying pledged allocation of $300,000.00, if passed and approved will specifically expand ULAA’s work in Liberia.
ULAA would also like to acknowledge the opinions and concerns being expressed since the Government of Liberia pledged donation and proposed budgetary allocation. We are reviewing all the legal, ethical, and financial implications such a donation could have on the organization and its ability to interact with the Government of Liberia, and freely advocate the issues impacting the lives of Liberians in the United States, and back home.
In an effort to bring transparency to our organization, our findings will be made available to the public and any decision thereof.
ULAA remains committed to implementing the Liberia Diaspora Initiative Fund to open a diaspora office in Liberia and fund economic development projects to help reduce poverty in Liberia, through partnership and contributions from Liberians in the Diaspora, foundations, corporations, US Government, and the Liberian Government. We remain committed to a collaborative working relationship. Times have changed, and the needs of the Liberian people in 1974 have changed as well.
Thanks for your support.
Joseph N. Gbonoi
Director of Press and Communication