Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor and partners Saturday, July 10, 2021, jointly broke grounds for the construction of a safe-home facility and girls training center in Monrovia.
The partners include CEMENCO, Spoon Foundation and the Jewel Starfish Foundation.
The Office of the Vice President is also collaborating with the YWCA for the construction of the two facilities on the institution’s compound in Congo Town, Monrovia.
Speaking at the event, VP Howard-Taylor said with the great support of the partners, the two projects are likely to be completed in six months.
She expressed excitement that when completed within this period, the two facilities will serve as a special gift for her 59th birthday celebration in January 2022.
She also assured that as President of the Senate, she would lobby with members of the Legislature and other stakeholders for regular budgetary support from the National Budget for the sustainability of the projects.
She added that the facilities are meant for the protection of survivors of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) and training of underprivileged girls.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of CEMENCO, one of the partners to the project, Mr. William Gaihnard, welcomed the initiative by the Liberian Vice President while assuring that his institution will ensure the provision of every block and cement needed for the both projects.
Both empty containers and cement will be used for the erection of the two facilities.
The containers will be professionally modified and designed as shelters to accommodate young females who are survivors of SGBV while they are being provided specialized care at the facility. Equip-Tech- Liberia is the engineering group contracted to construct the two facilities.
It can be recalled; the Association of Shipping Line Representatives in Liberia recently boosted the effort by the Vice President with a donation of eight empty containers meant for the project.