Liberian First Lady, Clar Marie Weah has embarked on a major project, valued at over One-hundred thousand US Dollars, to boost the women empowerment initiative of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) soldiers’ wives.
The construction of a modern vocational training center, to be used by the army wives for conducting their skills training program, is in fulfillment of Mrs. Weah’s commitment to the army wives following their request during a meeting with them on the eve of Armed Forces Day earlier this year.
The project, which is being funded by the Office of the First Lady, kicked-off Saturday, October 3, 2020, with the clearing of the project site at the Edward Beyan Kessellie Barracks, paving the way for the official groundbreaking and commencement of the initiative.
Dozens of women along with their husbands were seen in jubilant mood as a heavy duty machine, specifically a front-end loader, entered the Edward Beyan Kessellie Barracks and began clearing the designated site from the construction of the project.
Speaking to reporters, the Army Wives Association Secretary General, Mrs. Alfreda Nmah expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in Liberia.
Mrs. Nmah described the First Lady as a ‘dependable person’ who means what she says.
“I think she’s somebody that is dependable; that can stick to her word,” said Mrs. Nmah, stressing that, considering the harsh economic challenges owing to the covid19 pandemic, the First Lady could have turned down or postpone the project but chose to be a ‘woman of her word’.
Mrs. Nmah, who is also the administrator of their women empowerment program, disclosed that the First Lady’s intervention will enable them have their own facility, offsetting one of the biggest hindrances to the smooth operation of their vocational skills training program.
She disclosed that owing to the lack of their own facility, they are compelled to only conduct classes during the afternoon hours, following the end of daily academic activities of the junior high school.