UN Women Liberia has delivered several vocational training equipment to the Army Wives Association Vocational Training Center (AWA-VTC) in Margibi County as promised
at the Army Women’s Vocational Training Center was built by First Lady Clar M. Weah. The equipment, which is worth thousands of dollars, includes among other things 15 sewing machines, a desktop computer, a printer and two sets of hobs.
UN Women’s Deputy Country Representative, Pamela Mkwamba, revealed that the donation was in response to her boss, Country Representative Comfort Lamptey’s pledge when handing over the program for the vocational training center for wives in the army about a month ago.
During the handover of the premises on April 13, the UN Women representative in the country, as well as other partners, offered to support the initiative. Ms. Mkwamba said UN Women was happy to support the First Lady’s incredible efforts to build a modern facility for army wives.
According to her, the matching equipment would enhance the vocational training center’s current capacity to provide hands-on training to students.
“So today we have come to deliver these items to the center, which we believe will help its ongoing efforts,” she explained. “It is believed that this small donation will contribute to the work already being done at the women’s empowerment centre.”
She said the donation should be seen as the start of a partnership between UN Women and the Association and that they look forward to working with women in the military in the near future.
In her remarks, Josephine J. Kowo, President of the AWA-VTC, expressed the Association’s gratitude to the First Lady, who she says is the main sponsor of the project, and to the family of UN Women for their practical help.
Ms. Alfreda Nmah, the Administrator of AWA-VTC, expressed her gratitude to the Armed Forces of Liberia as well as development partners such as the UN Women family, Representative Tarponweh, District No. 1, Margibi County , J. Emmanuel Nuquaye, Senator for Margibi. County, Rosana Schaack, Ruth Collins, the Jomah Samuels Foundation and all others, for their continued support of the institution over the years.
According to Ms. Nmah, the AWVTC was established in 2019 as part of a self-help effort to encourage AFL spouses and dependents to help care for their homes and communities.
She added that the school teaches women and men money-making skills like catering, dressmaking, cosmetology, computer software, interior decorating, soap making and CCTV installation, among others.
“Over the past three years, this group has overcome many challenges, including limited resources and financial assistance, among others. It is not surprising that the institution has remained open despite these challenges. So, on behalf of the members and officers of the Army Wives Association, we wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to Mrs. Clar Marie Weah, our First Lady, for the construction of this magnificent building,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the Office of the First Lady at a brief handover ceremony, Social Services Coordinator Kayea Dorbor described the donation as a significant boost to the empowerment of women and girls, a top priority. of the First Lady.
Ms. Dorbor also noted that the intervention of UN Women was indicative of the cordial partnership between the First Lady and the United Nations Women’s Organization to address issues affecting women at different levels across Liberia.
Ms. Dorbor also urged other institutions to come and help the country’s women and girls, especially army brides.
She stressed that others should follow the lead of UN Women and come out and support First Lady Weah, whose goal is to empower women and girls across Liberia.
“This initiative is not just in Montserrado, we want to expand it to other countries so that women and girls can benefit from it,” she says. “Educating a woman or a girl can benefit a nation or the world, and empowering them is a great thing to do because anything men can do, women can do too.” We hope to be partners for life. women, who are truly remarkable. “Women, don’t sit still, do something positive,” Ms. Dorbor concluded.