Liberia’s Vice President, Jewel Howard-Taylor, has in collaboration with partners broken grounds for the construction of a Safe Home facility and Girls Training Center in Monrovia. This is coming at the same time as 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.
VP Howard-Taylor addressed the event, noting that both projects are likely to be completed in 6 months with great support from the partners. She pointed out excitedly that when completed within this period, the two facilities will serve as a special gift for her 59th birthday celebration in January 2022.
The Partners for the project include CEMENCO, Spoon Foundation, and the Jewel Starfish Foundation. The VP gave assurances as President of the Senate, she would work with the Legislature and other stakeholders for regular budgetary support from the National Budget for the sustainability of the projects. According to her, the facilities are meant for the protection of survivors of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) and the training of underprivileged girls.
The Managing Director of CEMENCO Mr. William Gaihnard, one of the partners to the project, on his part, welcomed the Vice President’s initiative while assuring that his institution will ensure the provision of every block and cement needed for both projects.
He also assured the professionalism of his company in modifying and designing shelters to accommodate young females who are survivors of SGBV while they are being provided specialized care at the facility.