The pioneer African bank, United Bank for Africa, UBA has donated a carton of “Things Fall Apart” reading books to the Estelle Liberty Kermoh Empowerment Center.
The donation was made to the center at the weekend at its GSA Road, Paynesville headquarters. The bank’s Corporate Communications Officer, Melody Mezay Kettor said the donation was made because the bank believes in empowering Liberia’s young generation.
Mrs. Kettor said the UBA is also committed to molding the minds of students to cultivate the culture of reading in the Liberian society. She expressed hope that the gesture will be helpful not only to the center, but to students who come from different communities to attend reading sessions there.
The UBA official also commended ELKEC for the kinds of work it does, promising “something bigger in the future”. Responding, the center’s Executive Director, Estelle Liberty Kemoh commended the UBA for its donation, indicating that it comes at a time the center is faced with logistical challenges.
Mrs. Kemoh said the donation means that the bank has lived up to its corporate social responsibility. She assured that the books will be used for their intended purpose. The outstanding female Liberian Journalist said the small library she operates positively impacts students, especially underprivileged students.
T h e E s t e l l e L i b e r t y K e m o h Empowerment center is a grassroot community based organization, located in Paynesville City, GSA Road community. It’s a non-for-profit organization, registered with the Government of Liberia and established to provide literate and semi-literate education to young women and girls through capacity building, provision of technical and vocational skills, peer education reading and civics—issues that represent the social and cultural diversity of our community (Paynesville) and the Liberian nation at large.
The center is currently developing strategies to increase awareness on issues that affect women and young girls. Some of them include: Sextual and Gender Based Violence, lack of self-confidence, low self-esteem and limited economic opportunities. The center believes these issues are important to the growth, development and well-being of women and girls at the community and national levels.