GBARNGA, Sept. 2 (LINA) – Menleleh Incorporated (MI), a local non-governmental organization operating in Bong County, has embarked on an implantation of « Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response During COVID-19 » under a project worth US$10,000.
Giving a brief overview of the organization’s GBV prevention and response project at a workshop in Gbarnga recently, the Program Consultant of Menleleh Incorporated, Mr. Poka Kofi Brown, disclosed that the project focuses on three core objectives, including a campaign in favour of SGBV survivors during COVID-19; monitoring and attracting SGBV incidents and facilitation of case management » respectively.
Brown stated that the project will be implemented in Jorkolleh and Suakoko Districts, and will run from August to December 2020.
The Menleleh official maintained that people, including males and females, from ages 10-25 affected by SGBV will get some level of support services, including psychosocial counseling, as part of the project implementation.
Mr. Brown narrated that the project is as well involved with advocacy against SGBV, provision of livelihood training for youths, mental health program and working with the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency to help bring up young people in a better way that will benefit society.
Meanwhile, Menleleh Program Consultant said the project will work with other institutions and individuals, including the Liberia National Police, SGBV nurses, the Ministries of Health; Gender; Justice,; Children and Social Protection groups and local authorities, among others.
Meanwhile, Mr. Brown has pointed out several achievements made by Menleleh Incorporated, including the rehabilitation of 15 disadvantaged youths in Gbarnga between ages 15-27 who were found to be users of illicit drugs, including marijuana, “Italian White” and cocaine, among others.
The five-month GBV prevention and response project, Mr. Brown disclosed, targets 70 SGBV and COVID-19 survivors which, according to him, is supported by Forum CID Liberia.