Monrovia – Liberia Returnee Network (LRN) Vocational Training Program, a vocational training program established by a group of Liberian professional volunteers who returned from exile (refugee camps) graduated 178 students, three men, from its 9th cycle training program .
Liberia Returnee Network was established in 2012 to contribute to the socio-economic development of Liberia. In 2014, the vocational training program was launched and began to operate fully on January 9, 2015.
The institution is sponsored by “Bread for the World”, an organization in Berlin, Germany, and the Association of Liberian Business in America (ALBA).
During the weekend; 178 participants in the vocational training program graduated. The program was held under the theme “von ke chen”, which means “to fight to cross”.
The Liberia Returnee Network Vocational Training Program 7th Circle Training Program Graduation Exercise was held this weekend at the Destiny Events Center, Monrovia.
Speaking at the event held at the Destiny Events Center, Monrovia, Grand Gedeh County District No. 1 Representative Erol Madison Gwion Sr., who is the keynote speaker, congratulated the Network returnees from Liberia for what he calls service to humanity.
The Grand Gedeh County District No. 1 representative is one of the founding members of the Liberian Returnees Network.
Rep Gwion said, “Having a positive impact in his life reminds you of the values you bring and give to your own life purpose. It fills you up and makes you happy.”
The Grand Gedeh lawmaker took the opportunity to call on LRN and donors to help the country’s “at-risk youth” get vocational training.
He urged the graduates to make themselves and their families proud by putting the skills they learned to good use.
Emmanuel Tyrone Marshall is the Executive Director of the Liberia Returnee Network. The Executive Director recounted how difficult it was when he returned to Liberia. He adds that he declared the institute with four people signatories of the document establishing the LRN.
“When a dreamer dreams; it takes people of heart to help implement it. When a leader shows up, it takes brave people, sacrifice and commitment to make their leadership work,” said Executive Director Marshall.
The LRN also took the opportunity to unveil a 60-unit project, intended to help integrate Liberians who will soon arrive in the country from Ghana and other West African countries.
In addition, the Executive Director of the Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Reverend Festus Logan, pledged his entity’s support for the work done by the institution.
Reverend Logan added, “We are working together with LRN to successfully bring Liberians back from Buduburam refugee camp located in Ghana.”
Also at the graduation program, several individuals and institutions received awards for their service to humanity and for their partnership with the LRN.