In an effort to restore the hope of vulnerable people in Liberia, Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) has concluded its seventh training circle holistic rehabilitation of vulnerable people in Monrovia.
RAL graduated a total number of 26 students in various skills training, with support from the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Tortures.
The beneficiaries of the seventh circle were trained in hair dressing and soap making. They were identified by field officers of the organization, who counseled and prepared them for the six months intensive training.
RAL is a local non-governmental human rights organization that has over the years been providing alternatives to enhancing human rights, rule of law, peace and democracy building and victim’s recovery.
Sam Nimely, RAL program coordinator, expressed happiness that the beneficiaries were able to complete the circle despite challenges facing them in their various homes.
Nimely said the organization will continue to be in constant contact with the graduates to ensure they put into practice what they have learned from the training.
He told the beneficiaries and guests that as a civil society organization (CSO), RAL remains supportive of the government at all times and, as such, the government should see them as partner in working together to solve some of the problems confronting the country.
“Put in practice what you have learned so that you do not allow your talent to die down. We will continue to work with you because when you are empowered, people don’t overlook you, but respect you when you do something positive,” Nimely said.
Agnes Chea, a 38-year old woman who has five children, but lost her husband during the Ebola outbreak in 2014, narrated that after her husband died, she thought all hope was lost completely, but with the help of RAL, she has been able to rewrite the future since she benefited from the trainings.
“I can now bake cake, and I am now supporting my children by sending them to school. No man can now bluff me after the training,” Madam Chea said.
Sonny Onyegbula, who proxied for the Country Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), called on the graduates to make use of the six months’ training; something, he said, is very fruitful, because it will make them put away the trauma of the past.
Onyegbula praised the work of RAL for being a reliable local organization, and assured the organization of the unflinching supports of OHCHR.
“We will make the organization to succeed by providing technical assistance for the protection of human rights,” he said.