By Lincoln Barcon
The Executive Director of a newly established non-governmental organization operating in Liberia has disclosed that seven out of every ten female teenagers in the country are high school drop-outs. Mr. Joseph Kannah, head of the Lucy Kannah Advocacy and Resource Center Inc. said the organization will function predominantly as a resource agency catering for persons whose economic, educational and social lives were being impeded by the immense human rights violation during the 14 years of civil unrest.
Mr. Kannah, in his presentation disclosed that this problem emerged because of the lack of parental support and other traditional reasons that resulted in early marriages, teenage pregnancy, and indulgence into promiscuity, binge drinking, drug addiction or other forms of social discomforts that viciously violate their human rights.
He further stated that the local NGO will render significant sustenance appropriate to variety of persons, exclusive of their being victims of the Liberian civil menaces.
“Notwithstanding, the NGO is indulged in the absolute recognition of the fact that all societal misconducts and behavioral mal-practices that affected our cultural values and societal norms; are as the results of the unfavorable debris seeping from the fourteen years of civil unrest,” Mr. Kannah intimated.
According to him, the organization is fully inclined to assume a wholesome responsibility in the event to rehabilitate and reintegrate less fortunate and disadvantaged persons by reestablishing their lost economic, educational and social lives across Liberia.
The LKARC Executive Director also pointed out that the mission of the organization is to operate a local non-political and not-for-profit humanitarian organization with specific motive of rendering economic, educational and social assistance in twenty (20) different programs.
“However, specific emphasis will be placed on females between the ages of 12-21 years. Our solemn responsibility is to function as welfare agency with underlined mandate to fill the economic, educational and social gaps existing in the Liberian society today,” Mr. Kannah stressed.
He then furthered, “The NGO has observed that the growth of Liberia’s educational and economic systems in these post war times coincides with the emergence of a new form of financial support for school drop-outs.”
He said international humanitarian organizations and national government now have more funds at their disposal than before.
As of such according to him, the NGO has made it her ultimate duty to consciously explore these funding opportunities in order to embark on bordering educational and economic concepts through the provision of academic competitive and vocational training scholarship, as well as other numerous needs based on humanitarian assistance.