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Skills program launched, 65 girls and women to benefit

About 65 women and girls are expected to benefit from Just A Girl Initiatives (JAGI) Vocational Program in Duazon, Lower Margibi County. This comes following the official launching of its skills program which took place on August 25, 2018.

At the launching ceremony, Just a Girl Initiatives’ Executive Director, announced that the vocational program will benefit JAGI full members as well as other women and girls from Duazon and surrounding communities who lack opportunities and demonstrate seriously to learn and gain meaningful skills (literate or illiterate).

The launching of the program also witness the honoring and appreciation of individuals and organizations who have been great inspiration and support to Just a Girl morally, materially as well as in cash including educational support to the organization’s direct beneficiaries.

The vocational program according to Madam Seagbeh its tuition free as she named the initial courses to be offered as: tailoring, pastry & catering and decoration which will be taught by trained facilitators (teachers) who became selected after a vigorous interview process by two members of the board following the advertisement of the posts.

With no international donor support, but just the support locally from friends, and well-meaning Liberians and institutions, the vocational skills program launched has become one of Just a Girl’s milestones according to Mrs. Seagbeh.

“The government cannot do it all, but in our own little ways individually not waiting to be in public space; each of us who sees a social program can help to change those problems for a better Liberian society, especially for the poorest of the poor”

“Although Just a Girl may look small and has no big donor or international money, I am proud to announce to all who have supported us in setting up this program that,  you physically can see the reality of your financial and materials contribution you give us” Mrs. Seagbeh announced to the audiance.

Those honored and appreciated where: Rev. Samuel Ender – the Representative of District # 6 Montserrado County, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings Sr. Director and CEO of Alfalit Liberia and L-GM, Rev. Dekontee Panton - General Overseer New Abosso Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ Incorporated and an educator.

Others were, Former Margibi County District # 1 Representative Aspirants; Madam Ada Pratt Deddeh and Mr. Abraham Garneo. While Mr. Vandarlack Patricks, Executive Director of Campaigners for Change Liberia, Mrs. N’bete Smallwood Gizzie, Mrs. Helena Wenneh, Mrs. Oretha Bundoo Seh and Mr. Ebenezer M. Wilson where honored.

Just a Girl also appreciated and honored Ms. Marennie J. Mitchell, CEO of MJM Production for her mentorship  and helping in galvanizing local other support for the successful setting up of Just a Girl’s Community Service Program including  two other young influential Liberian women who also supported the organization in person of Ms. Patience Beer and Madam Ciatat Stevens d’ Almeida, the special assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

From financial and materials support from friends and good citizens, the organization was able purchase the tailoring machines that will be used for the tailoring students practical, constructed the kitchen for the catering students demonstration (practical classes) and was succeeded in purchasing other furniture and materials for enable the beneficiaries smooth learning process.

Presenting the certificates, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Deputy Director General for Media Services, Mrs. Tetee Gebro thanked Just a Girl Initiatives for such empowerment program for women and girls and called on the beneficiaries to make the most of the opportunity.

She encouraged the women and girls that that would benefit the program that take the program seriously describing vocational empowerment as essential in helping women get out of poverty and one that brings economic independence for women and girls.  

“I want to encourage you to take advantage of the this program and know when a woman is empowered and educated, it impacts a whole family and more to say vocational skills which comes with lot of economic benefits financial independence”

“Don’t let this free moment of opportunity that Just a Girl Initiatives is Providing you passes you without making the most of it” The LBS’ executive said when she presented the certificate of honor and appreciation to individuals who support Just in the setting up of its skills program.

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