VP HOWARD-TAYLOR GIVES RED CROSS L$2 MILLION FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has made a donation of One Million-Liberian Dollars (L$1M) to the Liberian National Red Cross Society meant to benefit the organization’s Women training and Integration Program (WIN) and an additional L$1 Million for transportation of the beneficiaries of the initiative.
The Liberian Vice President, according to a release from the VP’s Office also made a commitment of additional one million Liberia dollars to assist in the transportation of beneficiaries of said project being operated by the LNRCS.
The project targets women and girls affected by the conflict including ex-combatants, single mothers/self-supported and commercial sex workers among others.
During the presentation Monday May 14, 2018, VP Howard-Taylor promised to engage international partners to ensure that the program does not end, stressing that the program is helping to build Liberia under the President’s Pro-Poor agenda, which means, making Liberia works for Liberians.“This program must be supported and in support of our Pro-Poor agenda, I would like to give this amount to the President of the Red Cross and it partners.” The VP revealed.
According to Madam Howard-Taylor, women, including those benefiting from the Red Cross program, have the potential of being self-dependent once given maximum empowerment. “Those who have been chosen, in spite of the challenges of this program, I know that God will make a way. So, I want to encourage you, with the step you have taken forward, to continue,” the VP averred.
She lauded the Red Cross for the program which aims at restoring dignity, values and morals of the vulnerable and marginalized women and girls of slum communities that do not have formal education.
Madam Howard-Taylor in the release said the training was good but there is also a need to further support the beneficiaries by providing equipment that will help buttress their capacity.
She pledged to provide support to the LNRCS microloan program, which will also enhance the women empowerment program.
Meanwhile, LNRCS President Jerome Clarke lauded the Vice President for the donation, noting that it would be used for the intended purpose.
He said the donation is significant for the implementation of key WIN programs including psychosocial case management and documentation, adult literacy and skills training, among others.