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Red Cross graduates 100 with new skills

The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) with support from the Danish Red Cross has graduated at least 100 determined and inspiring young people in ten skill disciplines in Lofa County.

The training was held under the theme: “Building Cohesive and Resilient Communities,” according to a press release issued by the Red Cross on Monday, 10 December.

The Beneficiaries are less fortunate young people who have no formal education and skills and were extremely affected by poverty and seemed to have no hope for the future.

But the Red Cross recruited; trained and transformed their lives through a nine – month vocational training in the county to enable them to shift their own future.

The beneficiaries were last week certificated and given the appropriate starter kits to enhance their skills in the areas of auto mechanic, carpentry, computer literacy, hair dressing, masonry, metal works, plumbing, soap making, tailoring, and weaving.

The beneficiaries have however sent out a passionate plead to the Liberian Red Cross to continue the training program in Lofa as hundreds of their peers are still roaming the communities and streets in a miserable condition with no hope for the future.

The Secretary General of the Liberian Red Cross Madam Sayba Tamba said the need for more training of young people in Lofa is compelling, but the Liberian Red Cross does not have sufficient funding at the moment to continue with the training.

Madam Tamba however calls on the government and partners to mobilize sufficient resources for the Red Cross to respond to the compelling training needs of young people in the County.

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She says the Red Cross is happy to return the young people to their respective communities with new skills, describing them as a big asset.

Madam Tamba notes that their impact will be hugely remarkable in supporting the development and economic activities in the county.

At the same time, the UNDP Representative in Voinjama, Lofa County Mr. Robert B. Momoh in his keynote address mentioned that building a resilient and cohesive community is not an individual responsibility but needs collective efforts from everyone.

Mr. Momoh however encouraged the beneficiaries to work together to sustain their communities in meaningful ways.
He says making Liberia a better nation requires the young graduates to remain vigilant and work harder to support the development of their communities.

Also speaking at the occasion, the County Superintendent through his Special Assistant Joseph F. Kulloe appreciated the Red Cross for buttressing government efforts in developing the capacity of the less fortunate young people in the county.

Mr. Kulloe said the local authority remains committed in supporting the Red Cross in all of its endeavors in building resilient communities – for the benefit and development of the communities and county.
The Liberian Red Cross’ intervention in the area of youth capacity building has been hugely supported by the Danish Red Cross under the Project ‘Community Based Recovery and Resilient Building Program (CBRRBP)’ in Lofa County.

The CBRRBP project has been implemented earlier in Bong, Nimba and Lofa, focusing on building new hand pumps and rehabilitating damaged ones, building latrine facilities, ensuring safe schools facilities, distributing relief materials to help communities recover with hope and dignity as well as supporting baby mothers and establishing structures to build resilient communities.–Press release

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