Hundreds of women in the Duan Town Community and other surrounding areas in Bardnersville, outside Monrovia have begun benefiting from several skill training programs at the Sarah Ricks Foundation free of charge.

The women are being trained in pastry, soap making, computer literacy, hair dressing and tailoring, among others. The training program will cover a period of six month.

In an interview with the In Profile Daily, some of the women described the program as a blessing, noting that for too long they have been sitting in the community doing or learning nothing for sustainability.

“Some of us are high school graduates but there is no way to further our education due to the lack of support so we have just been serving as house wives looking up to our husbands or love ones alone to win daily bread for us. With the skills we are acquiring our story will change,” they said.  

The trainees said upon their graduation at the end of the program, they will be no more liabilities, but rather assets to their respective families.

The women further called on other women in the communities who have not registered to take advantage of it for their own benefit and the benefit of their communities.

They have extolled the administration of the Sarah Ricks Foundation for its farsightedness in establishing the school in the community, noting that it takes people of substance to carter for the less fortunate in society.

Meanwhile, the administration of the Sarah Ricks Foundation has appealed to the Ministry of Gender and Development, relevant humanitarian organizations operating in the country and individuals for material and financial assistance to enable it    cope with the influx of women at the school.  

According to the administration, 250 women were initially targeted for the program, but the number of applicants has exceeded 500.