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ECOWAS empowers orphans and students during 49yrs celebration

The Office of the Resident Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia celebrated the 49th anniversary of ECOWAS under the theme “Enhancing Regional Unity, Peace, and Security” with orphans and students in Barclay Farm, Margibi County, District #2.

The 49th anniversary was a departure from the usual celebrations. As an ECOWAS of the People, the Resident Representative Office in Liberia sought to take the celebrations to the less privileged in society. In collaboration with the ECOWAS Volunteers Program, Interns from the ECOWAS Young Professional Program, and the National Financial Manager of the West African Health Organization in Liberia celebrated with orphans and students of the Bendu M. Van Elementary and Junior High School in Barclay Farm, Margibi county (D2).

As the 49th anniversary coincided with Menstrual Hygiene Day, awareness raising on menstrual hygiene was a key aspect of the day’s activities. Both girls and boys were educated on the myths and negative mindsets regarding menstruation. As part of the activities, training on making reusable sanitary pads would be implemented during the week.

In remarks at the event, H.E. Josephine Nkrumah, Resident Representative, stated that the theme of the 49th anniversary reflects the current challenges confronted by the subregion and reminds community citizens to collectively work together towards unity, peace, and strengthening security. She further urged students to forge unity and peace in their daily activities to build a better subregion.

The Resident Representative Office with the ECOWAS Volunteers donated food and non-food items to the orphanage to support its dire needs, including sanitary packages for girls at the event. A donation of $5,000 United States dollars of textbooks, exercise books, clothing, detergents, and food was made to the orphanage.   

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