Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor has donated a cash loan of $2,000,000.00 Liberian Dollars to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) in support of its Women Integration and Training (WIN) project.
During the cash donation program Monday, 14 May at the Red Cross’ training center up Carey Street, Madam Taylor doubled her initial pledge of one million Liberian Dollars loan, giving the institution two million Liberian Dollars given some beneficiaries’ constraints of getting transportation or sustain themselves during training.
“You are dealing with young people who do not have any way, they don’t have parents that are able to help them, they are unable to help themselves,” she says.
She says the loan requires no interest, and beneficiaries will be given some time before paying back. She says when such support is given to trainees; those that have started the program will remain in the program because they have seen the benefits.
Vice President Taylor says the WIN project is adequate and needs support so that it can spread to other counties, vowing that her office will not open any program for women empowerment and training because it will direct its full support to the WIN project.
Madam Taylor says she believes that the WIN program is one of the most important programs in this dispensation and should be taken to the land and breadth of the country.
Following the donation, Red Cross president Mr. Jerome Clark presented a certificate of appreciation to Madam Taylor for identifying with the organization, and appealed to her to also extend the organization’s appreciation to President George Manneh Weah for government’s support.
International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Rep. Mr. Lawrence Orowe says 200 women are trained in courses for a period of one year including psychosocial counseling, building self – esteem, working with the community, their spouses and children and others for transformation.
Also in remarks, International Committee of the Red Cross Rep. Charles Kpan says to work the program it requires US$250,000.00, but there has been a commitment of US$100,000.00, leaving a deficit of US$150,000.00.
The WIN project has graduated 1,202 beneficiaries since it was founded in 2009. According to Red Cross official Mr. Ambullai Perry, each year the organization generates more than US$250,000.00 to run a project to cater to 200 women and girls.
But he says the organization has only 42 percent of the founding so far. According to him, 256 women and girls have been recruited for the WIN Cycle 8 project, but 56 of them will be on standby.
By Winston W. Parley