GFC Provides Life Saving Skills to Teenage Mothers

first_imgGirls For Change Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller.Having the cognizance that adolescence is a vital stage of growth and development when young people are intensely influenced by their peers and the outside world, Girls for Change (GFC) Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller said.She says her organization, since 2013, has been keeping sleeves above elbow to provide lifesaving skills to teenage mothers and nurturing them to form a positive self-image, manage emotions, build relationships, strengthen social skills, and deal with peer pressure.Mrs. Keller added that adolescents at this stage are more prone and vulnerable to high risk, especially considering the fact that more than half of Liberia’s population is under 18 years.These alarming stats are further compounded by the availability of limited opportunities for education, training and employment, which render this age group particularly vulnerable. It is this situation, Mrs. Keller said that GFC is working to address with the requisite support from those who believe in Liberia’s future.She spoke in a exclusive interview with this newspaper on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her Thinker’s Village office.Mrs. Keller said that GFC is prepping these young women, most of whom dropout of school by providing scholarships, health clubs in schools, training and awareness on teenage pregnancy, early childhood development for teenage mothers’ children, while they are in school and mentoring.According to her, this initiative grew out of the realization that many young women who dropped out of school would go back but not stay in school because there are no facilities to cater to their children while they are in school.It is based on this that the GFC began running their childhood development programs to provide care for these kids to sustain their mothers in school. “This allows the mother to be settled in school and pay attention to her studies, because her child is being taken care of at our child development center,” she said.“Most of the girls we are providing opportunities for are victims of sexual abuse and some got pregnant while in school. Retaining them in school is a primary concern for us. We saw a gap in the lack of a safe environment for those children to play and learn,” Mrs. Keller said.Besides taking of these children while their mothers are in school, GFC saw the need to educate teenagers on reproductive health as the surest way to prevent teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and the consequence of getting pregnant while still seeking primary education since there are not courses in schools to provide such knowledge.During school vacations, beneficiaries of GFC scholarship program and other community residents are encouraged to attend skills training activities such as tailoring, graphic design, knitting of African slippers, painting that would keep them busy during vacation.Mrs. Keller said that more than 500 teenage mothers and their children have benefited from the organization’s programs. Some of the students who completed the training are being used as ambassadors to teach their peers about the importance of healthy living, prevention of teenage pregnancy and peer-to-peer coaching.GFC is a women’s rights non-profit organization committed to transforming society and supporting women/girls affected by all forms of violence.The self-supported civil society organization, which operates within Montserrado, Bong and Lower Margibi counties with focus on supporting teenage mothers, less fortunate girls and under privileged and marginalized youth through the provision of scholarships in formal and informal education.GFC expertise provides a holistic trauma-sensitive and empowering approach to survivors of sexualized and other forms of violence and to service providers and stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Di Matteo hails Chelsea after crucial Champions League triumph

first_imgChelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo saluted his players after they pulled off what he admitted was an absolutely crucial victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.A draw would have left Di Matteo’s side third in Group E and in serious danger of failing to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.But Victor Moses’ injury-time header means the defending champions will progress to the next stage if they beat Juventus.Di Matteo told Sky Sports: “We’ve got a crucial three points. It was crucial for us to win this tough home game.“Now it’s probably going to go down to the last kick of the last game in this group.“The spirit that my group showed again to keep going to the end – we knew we had to score at the end and we did so. It was good that Victor Moses got on the end of that corner.“In the first half we put them under pressure which is how we scored both goals.“We knew what kind of pressure we’d be under and we didn’t want to expose ourselves too much.“We knew we could score with the last kick, and that is exactly what happened.”See also:Moses: Chelsea deserved their winMoses the hero in dramatic Chelsea winBoss backs Terry after leaving him 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How high is 49ers Nick Mullens’ trade value climbing?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — An interception-free, 275-yard game from Nick Mullens made life a lot easier for the 49ers in Sunday’s 26-23, overtime win against the Seattle Seahawks.It also makes it harder for them next summer when they debate what to do with Mullens. The starting quarterback job is reserved for Jimmy Garoppolo and his reconstructed left knee.No one will condemn the 49ers if they keep Mullens …last_img read more

Bosa hopes to silence those who call 49ers ‘fake, undefeated team’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa is ready for his prime-time debut, and so is his right ankle, the one he sprained Aug. 7 but is now seemingly healthy.Bosa practiced every day and did not appear on the 49ers’ injury report this past week. The draft’s No. 2 overall pick looks primed to break out when the 49ers (3-0) host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) on Monday night.“Everybody is going to have an impression of us after this game,” Bosa said. “We want it to be a 4-0 good impression, not  as a ‘fake, …last_img read more

Fewer companies close down in April

first_img24 May 2011Fewer companies closed down in April 2011 compared to the same month last year, Statistics South Africa reported on Monday.Liquidations recorded a year-on-year decrease of 25.4%, from 358 to 267, in April 2011, Statistics SA said.The number of liquidations recorded for the three months ended April 2011 fell by 7.3% compared with the same period of 2010. This was driven by fewer voluntary liquidations, dropping from 1 037 to 962 and fewer compulsory liquidations, from 59 to 54.Statistics SA said liquidations took place when the affairs of a company or close corporation were wound up because the liabilities exceeded assets, and the matter was resolved either voluntarily or by a court order.The total number of insolvencies for the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 30.5% (from 836 to 581) compared with the first quarter of 2010, the agency said.“A year-on-year decrease of 30.6% (from 360 to 250) was estimated for March 2011.”Statistics SA said insolvency referred to an individual or partnership which was unable to pay its debt and was placed under final sequestration.Recovery phase“The Stats SA trend-lines for liquidations and insolvencies have clearly entered long-term downward trends, with the figures for insolvencies, which relate to individuals, especially steep,” said Adam Harris, a director in the insolvency and restructuring department of corporate law firm Bowman Gilfillan.He said the decline for the three months to April 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, “was of a magnitude sufficient to indicate that the economy had entered a recovery phase”.Harris said the sectors hardest hit for the first four months of 2011 were financing; insurance; real estate; business services; wholesale and retail; catering and accommodation; and community, social and personal services.Sapalast_img read more