GBARPOLU CO.: Gbarpolu County District#1 Representative, Alfred Koiwood, has termed capacity building of less privileged individuals in rural Liberia as key to alleviating poverty, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and other forms of underdevelopment.
Representative Koiwood says when less privileged Liberians are capacitated, they can overcome life’s challenges and immensely contribute to the growth and development of society.
The Gbarpolu County Representative made the comments over the weekend when over five hundred and eighty students graduated from a four-month vocational training in soap making, baking and decoration including tie and dye.
The graduates were driven from Kpanta and Bordia towns respectively in Gbarpolu County.
For their part, the graduates’ majority of whom were women commended Representative Alfred Koiwood for reintegrating them into the society whilst vowing to apply the skills acquired for the benefit of their respective families and the society at large.
The graduates were presented kits (materials) by the Rep. Alfred Koiwood valued at 430,000 Liberian Dollars as a startup to make life aimed at putting into practice the skills acquired.
He wants rural women to have some level of independence rather than depending on their husbands alone.
For his part, and serving as a proxy for House speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, as guest speaker, Press Director, Robert Haynes, thanked Rep. Koiwood for sponsoring such initiative that will make women self-sufficient.
Director Haynes averred that in today’s society, it is a common thing to observe that women are unable to complete their studies or do not get proper jobs for lack of skills.
According to him, this situation “leads to their deteriorating financial condition, they are dependent on others or they are unable to support their families, but by providing vocational training to the girls and women, this can help them as a step further so that they would do things on their own and earn their bread.”
The House’s Press Director says with the vocational training for the two towns, women can get economically empowered even when they do not have any proper job.
They can start their businesses, they can make and sell things from home, they can get jobs in manufacturing units, etc. He stressed that there are many training sessions conduct online as well so women who are working from home or working online, can enhance their skills.