The Kids’ Education Engagement Project (KEEP) in collaboration with UNICEF with funding from the Indian Government on Monday, November 12, 2018 graduated 83 women and girls in tailoring, clorox and product making (Scented solid and liquid soap in Rivercess County.
Madam Janjay Bloh, senior staff of the Afriland First Bank who served as guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, said the graduation of women and girls marked a new day in the lives of women in Rivercess County, especially in capacity building.
Madam Bloh, who is also a former station manager of Rivercess Broadcasting System (RBS), spoke under the theme “The Significance of Empowering Women Through Skills- Development.” She said gone are the days when women were regarded as a mere housewives.
The significance of empowering women was truly manifested in the KEEP programs, she added, which will go a long way in making meaningful contributions to the county of Rivercess and their respective communities.
Madam Bloh further admonished the graduates to put their acquired skills to work in order to realize their full dreams.
The executive director of KEEP, Brenda B. Moore, described the training as a life skill, which is intended to build the capacities of women and girls. Mrs. Moore said the training lasted for 3 and a half months.
The graduation ceremony was witnessed by Representatives of the Rivercess, District Commissioner of Zarflahn, District Education Officers, representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the secretary general of the Rivercess County Rural Women structure, eminent citizens of Rivercess among others.
The County Gender Coordinator, Mr. Henry Jabbie, cautioned beneficiaries to maximum use of the knowledge acquired to better their lives.
Secretary General of the Rivercess Women Structure, Mrs. Lurkie Wayondeh, urged beneficiaries to make use of the knowledge and opportunity provided by KEEP/UNICEF.
Mrs. Wayondeh also called on the beneficiaries to put the equipment provided to use.
Meanwhile, phase one of the training, which is part of a bigger initiative titled: “Developing Minds and Empowering Communities”, in partnership with UNICEF Liberia with funding from the Indian Government, provided over US$7,000 for the start-up of the training and included brand new sewing machines for beneficiaries in the tailoring department, as well as bags of caustic soda, tins of oil, and fragrance for organized groups in the product making division.
According to KEEP, registration for the second phase of the project, which is expected to get underway in two weeks in the same county, is ongoing and will cover trainings for more women and girls in the areas of tailoring, product making and pastry in Cestos City and Yarpah’s Town respectively.
Beneficiaries will be drawn from the aforementioned two centralized locations and its surrounding villages.