The Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) has provided beds and grants to organizations involved with providing resources and safety to women and girls who have experienced the trauma of rape and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
The Women Aid Incorporated (WAI) was granted an award of US $10,000 to be paid in quarterly installments of US$2,500; and the Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief and Development – Emergency Support for SGBV Survivors was also awarded a grant of US$2,500, provided on December 1, 2020, to purchase “dignity kits” for rape and SGBV survivors. Both Awards were granted on October 20, 2020.
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Cummings Africa Foundation donated six beds to Women’s Aid Incorporated as a response to a request following a visit by Mrs. Teresa Cummings, Co-founder of CAF in September 2020.
The second quarterly installment of US$2,500 was also provided to assist in the operation of the safe home.
Speaking at the donation ceremony held at the Foundation’s Office in Sinkor, Monrovia, Mrs. Cummings presenting the beds and check to WAI expressed thanks to the Organization for the support it continues to provide for rape and SGBV survivors.
“We like to present this quarterly check for US$2,500 and six beds that will be used at the Women’s Aid Incorporated safe home. We want to thank you for the work that you do,” Mrs. Cummings said.
Mrs. Cummings promised to continue to support the work of the Organization as it is in the best interest of all for women and girls who have been traumatized to have a safe space in the society.
Ms Joelyne F. Morris, an employee of WAI, expressed thanks and appreciation to CAF for the donation. She promised that the donation will be used for the intended purpose.
The donation is a continuation of the implementation of the Cummings Africa Foundation’s response to addressing the alarming increase in the number of rape and SGBV cases in the country.
It can be recalled the Government of Liberia declared rape and SGBV a national emergency in September 2020 and required everyone to assist in addressing this menace to society.
The Cummings Africa Foundation has embarked on its Anti-Rape and SGBV Initiative based on three pillars (3As) – Assistance, Advocacy, and Awareness.
Under the Assistance pillar, a workshop, Capacity Development Training in SGBV Trauma, was held in two sessions on January 6 – 9 and January 11 – 14 to enhance the skills of individuals who interact directly with rape and SGBV survivors.