After years of being silent in the country, a group known as Liberia Albino Society (LAS) has for the first time broken ground for the construction of a US$345K housing project for the society.
The ceremony was held yesterday in Bentol, Montserrado County, where the project is expected to be built on two acres of land provided by the Liberian Government, through the office of the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The housing complex will include an administrative building, school facilities, a health center and a vocational school.
Madam Patricia C.N Logan, executive director, put the cost of the school and the administrative buildings at US$280K and US$65K respectively.
She also put the construction of a modern health facility and the vocational school at an estimated cost of US$200K and
Madam Logan said she believes if the project is completed it would improve the standard of people with Albinism through capacity building programs.
At the ground breaking ceremony, Madam Logan disclosed that the current development plans of LAS will address the challenges Albinos face in the areas of Health, Education and life and vocational skills development.
“The Project is to empower persons with albinism through both formal education and vocational skills training as well as improving health care delivery to LAS members,” Madam Logan said.
She maintained that the target beneficiaries of the project are albino children and pregnant women and it will also include people without albinism but with disabilities.
She hopes that the project will be completed by 2017 once funding is available.
Madam Logan declared that people with Albinism have the right to quality health care, education and vocational skills development like any other Liberian.
She said, the Liberia Albino Society stands for equal justice, human rights at all levels and adequate resources and opportunities.
She believes that with these opportunities and rights in place, the living conditions of LAS members can become better.
Madam Logan lamented that LAS has not provided sufficient advocacy in order to adequately impact the lives of destitute persons with Albinism (PWA) living in Liberia through programming such as but not limited to Education Information (IE), Health empowerment, Capacity Building, Peace Building and security.
The Executive Director wants government to see reason to help fund the housing project because LAS is currently sustained through an annual budgetary support of only US$500K.