American Delegation to Empower Women

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Two members of the delegation: are (l-r) Mrs. Amber Parker and Brian Mullins.

 …Partner with Petals of Hope International Girls Academy

A ten-member visiting American delegation is in the country to help build the capacity of girl children attending the Petals of Hope International Girls Academy (PHIGA) located in Schiefflin Community, Lower Margibi County.

The delegation is currently working with the vision bearers of PHIGA, Madam Elizabeth Weedor (proprietor), to set up a clinic that will cater to the health needs of the students and make available pipe-borne water at the institution’s facilities for use by both students and community residents. The institution, according to a member of the delegation, has already begun the task of providing quality education for girls in that part of the country.

Two members of the delegation, who spoke to the Daily Observer, said they are passionate about helping girl children to develop their full potential.

Amber Parker, a member of the delegation, said: “As a woman, hearing about girls who do not have the opportunity to attain education and who do not also know their value breaks my heart.”

Elizabeth Weedor, Head of PHIGA.

Amber said that education brings dignity and opportunity to those who acquire it to the full, and also provides for anyone, including women, to make sound decisions as well as to know their value and purpose in life.

Brian Mullins, another member of the delegation, said other members comprise technicians, who are schooled in different fields, but were in the country to build the capacity of the institution.

Already, according to Mullins, members of the delegation on Tuesday, November 6, started working on several initiatives, including medical outreach that treated “free of charge” hundreds of sick people from various communities.

Some members of the delegation, who are educators, provided in-service training for instructional staff of the PHIGA all-girls school.

For Mrs. Weedor, the school focuses on girls’ education because of difficulties women encountered in pursuit of education.

She said her institution was founded with the hope of providing a space for girls to grow and have a life that will be sustainable.

Weedor noted that in a society where girls are not given the opportunity for education, they always lag behind in a rather vulnerable state; therefore, she wants privileged Liberians to return home and contribute their quota to national development.

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