A grant assistance agreement has been signed between the Japanese Government and a local charity, The Foundation for the Rights of Women and Children, the FRWC.
Under the agreement, the Japanese Government through its Grant Assistance for Grasssroots Human Security projects scheme, will make available US$71.9K to the FRWC for the construction of a protection center for women and children in Caldwell, Montserrado County.
According to a FRWC press release, Executive Director Massa Kiawu-Metzger announced that when completed, the project will serve as a protection center for adolescent girls and child victims of domestic violence.
These victims will receive counselling to ensure that they get the necessary help and advice they need to better handle their cases.
Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Kaoru Yoshimura signed on behalf of his government while FRWC Executive Director Kiawu-Metzger signed on behalf of her organization.
Mrs. Metzger lauded the Japanese government for the assistance and promised the funds will be used for its intended purpose.
She further assured that when completed, the facility will serve as a place of hope for vulnerable women and children at all times.
Ambassador Kaoru Yoshimura said his government was delighted to provide assistance to grassroots organizations that will help to restore the dignity of victims of domestic violence.
He noted that due to the vulnerable family structures after the civil war and the Ebola crisis, cases of delinquency and status offenses of men among youth increased in various communities.
He expressed the hope that with the combined efforts of development partners and other stakeholders, the project will help cut the chain of intergenerational poverty and benefit the communities as well as sustain it for generations.