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United Nimba Citizens’ Council (UNICCO’s) Decade of Impact: Transforming Lives and Communities in Post-War Liberia

As UNICCO continues to sow seeds of hope and empowerment, its legacy reverberates far beyond Nimba County, serving as a testament to the transformative power of collective action and compassion in rebuilding nations from the ashes of conflict. In a post-war Liberia, UNICCO's decade of impact stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of resilience and renewal.
James Wuo Harris and Annett Cooper

By: Edmund C. Gbarwee/Nimba D-9 TV/Public Health Reporter/ceo@onenimbahouse.com/ nimbad9tv2018@gmail.com

Nimba, Liberia: In the wake of Liberia’s arduous journey towards sustainability following a devastating 14-year civil war, the United Nimba Citizens’ Council (UNICCO) emerges as a beacon of hope and progress, igniting a transformative wave across Nimba County and beyond. Established in December 2019, UNICCO introduced the “UNICCO December to Remember,” a monumental initiative aimed at fostering community development and empowerment in the war-torn region.

At the helm of this noble endeavor stands former UNICCO National Project Director, James Wuo Harris, whose unwavering commitment to education and empowerment has catalyzed profound change. Harris, along with countless members of UNICCO, has spearheaded initiatives providing critical support and mentorship to emerging entrepreneurs and scholars, breathing life into the aspirations of Liberia’s youth.

One such beneficiary of Harris’s visionary scholarship scheme is 19-year-old Annett Cooper, whose journey from Zekeh Memorial High School to the J. W. Pearlson Extension High School symbolizes the power of education in transcending adversity. Supported by Harris since the 7th grade, Cooper now pays forward her blessings by aiding fellow student Rose Dolo, epitomizing the ethos of community and solidarity.

Cooper and Dolo, hailing from Nimba County, exemplify resilience amidst poverty, their aspirations of becoming medical doctors emblematic of their steadfast dedication to uplifting their communities. Their gratitude towards Harris echoes a broader call for collective action in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), underscoring the pivotal role of grassroots initiatives in driving sustainable change.

Beyond educational support, UNICCO’s impact resonates across various fronts, from combating COVID-19 with substantial funding and aiding stranded students in Morocco to sponsoring local sports teams and spearheading infrastructure projects. Noteworthy endeavors include the construction of a Women Empowerment Center and the renovation of vital community spaces, reaffirming UNICCO’s commitment to holistic progress.

Moreover, UNICCO’s contributions extend to healthcare, where vital medical supplies bolster frontline facilities, ensuring accessible healthcare for all. Additionally, scholarships to over 14 students at different universities underscore the organization’s unwavering dedication to nurturing future leaders and change-makers.

As UNICCO continues to sow seeds of hope and empowerment, its legacy reverberates far beyond Nimba County, serving as a testament to the transformative power of collective action and compassion in rebuilding nations from the ashes of conflict. In a post-war Liberia, UNICCO’s decade of impact stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of resilience and renewal.

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