Society for Women and Aids in Africa Sierra Leone chapter (SWAASL) has organized graduation ceremony for a group of women, who have completed vocational training, at Saint Peters Healing Vocational Training Centre, Circular Road in Freetown.
Addressing the audience, the chairperson of SWAASL, Marie Benjamin, said her organization has endeavoured this year, to turn out only 12 graduates, due to the facts that the duration of their courses was a short one. She said SWAASL as an institution, deals with the vulnerable women, HIV/ Aids victims, and even children.
She said the trainees would be awarded with a certificate, followed by start-up kits, so as to enable them become useful in their communities.
Benjamin congratulated the centre and the headship, for their tireless efforts in training the students, taking cognisance of the fact that this is not the first time the centre is training students sent to them.
The Chairperson admonished them to work hard, as what they have learnt would go a long way in their lives and above all, promised them that SWAASL would always come to their aid in terms of need. ” Currently we are dealing with 450 people living with AIDS, and vulnerable women up to 953 all in the Western Area.”
The Proprietress of the Centre, Anniemaud Wurie assured the students and relatives that the centre would ever remain to be serviceable to the country.
She said with the continuous training of women in the centre, the vulnerability of women in the country will be reduced.
To SWAASL, Wurie said the centre would always work with them in order to help them achieve their goal.
In the case of the students, the proprietress admonished them to get themselves involved in practical work, as this would empower them for the nature of their work.
She also encouraged them to come to the centre, as the authorities are planning to introduce a diploma course the next academic year.