The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Sarah Ricks Foundation Gears Up to Empower Vulnerable Women

The Sarah Ricks Foundation Inc., a newly established non-profitable local Non Governmental Organization in the country has held its first awareness program to encourage young women take advantage of series of trainings and empowerment skills to be provided by the organization.

The group over the weekend held the awareness which brought together many young women and vulnerable girls in Duah Town, Gardnersville, outside the main capital, Monrovia. Sarah Ricks Foundation is expected to train and empower several young women in and around Monrovia.

Speaking at the occasion, the Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Winifred Ricks said the organization was founded to ensure that the so many vulnerable and underprivileged Liberian women both young and old are empowered to meaningfully contribute their quotas toward the resurrection of their lost lives instead of being in oblivion.

Madam Ricks averred that to enhance such, the foundation would ensure to create pivotal avenues where these women would be trained to develop their capacities to enable them do away with the perception of them being liabilities to their spouses, couples, communities and country at large.

"In a bid to re-shape their ideologies, the foundation would embark on series of vocational trainings to include, tailoring, soap-making, tye-dying, home economics and agriculture," Madam Ricks told newsmen.

She named other areas of empowerment as computer literacy, home arts, cosmetology, and micro-finance. The CEO noted that upon the completion of these trainings the women who were once vulnerable could become self-reliant and self sustained.

Madam Ricks added that despite the fact that some of the women have fallen by the way side, there exist channels of transformation for them at the Sarah Ricks Foundation. She said at the Sarah Ricks Foundation the once vulnerable women would have the opportunity to learn new professional and domestic skills that would definitely change their lives and aspirations.

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