By Janjay F. Campbell
United Nations Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan arrived in Liberia yesterday to assess United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Program (WFP) Supported projects.
Making a brief statement yesterday at Gborjay Town in Bomi County, Princess Haya said the women of Gborjay Town have given her the inspiration to do more for those who are in need.
During her visit, Princess Haya visited Gborjay Town community grain reserves (CGR) project where the World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting local women to run “rice banks”. She also visited a primary school where she interacted with the students receiving school meals as part of the National School Feeding Programme supported by WFP.
She toured a lowland rice production site, a component of WFP’s Livelihood Asset Promotion (LAP) initiative through which smallholder farmers are supported to create and maintain agricultural assets.
Mrs. AdamaDiop-Faye who explained to Princess Haya the objectives of the project said the farmers benefit from interventions to increase agricultural production through multiple cropping, improved irrigation systems, high yielding seed variety and environmentally sustainable farming practices.
“WFP is strongly committed to helping Liberians as they work to build a hunger free country. We are implementing a wide range of initiatives including school feeding and local food procurement through purchase for progress that are geared toward addressing hunger in the short, medium and long term,” Mrs. AdamaDiop—Faye said.
Her Royal Highness also met with beneficiaries of the European Union funded Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme which aims to lift poor families out of abject poverty by providing them with small cash grants. UNICEF is implementing the programme in partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Development.
In addition to meeting with Social Cash Transfer programme beneficiaries, Princess Haya observed UNICEF supported programme to screen and refer for medical care for children at risk for malnutrition.
Welcoming Her Royal Highness, Representative Haja Fatah Siryon thanked Princess Haya for the work she is doing around the world. She told Her Royal Highness that WFP is making sure that women have a better life.
Representative Siryon pleaded with Princess Haya to assist them in building a mosque; she said the mosque the people of Gborjay Town are praying in is very small. Because of that most people stay outside to pray.
The Secretary of Kukatunor Women Association, Madam Haja Kromah Torsue explained to Princess Haya what the women of Gborjay Town are involved in. She said they have been involved in trade and gardening.According to her, when the vegetables are sold; they are able to pay their children’s school fees.
She thanked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for making women proud of themselves and also praised staffs of WFP saying that the project is helping them a whole lot.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein who is the daughter of the late King Hussein Bin Talal and the late Queen Alia Al Hussein of Jordan is the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Empire (UAE).