YWCA Liberia Gets US$7,500 from IMF

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Young Women Christian Association of Liberia has received a US$7,500 donation from the International Monetary Fund.

IMF’s Resident Representative in Liberia, Charles Amo-Yartey, made the presentation of the check to officials of YWCA Liberia on Friday at the head office of YWCA in the Monrovia neighborhood of Congo Town.

YWCA is a non-profit organization that serves women and girls by engaging in, among other things, leadership training, gender advocacy, youth development, and skills training.


Amo-Yartey speaks at the program. Photo: Stephen Kollie


The presentation was made on behalf of IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was due to deliver the check personally, but her visit to Liberia did not materialize.

Amo-Yartey said Lagarde could not come to Liberia due to other pressing commitments.

Amo-Yartey said the fund was part of the IMF’s support to YWCA humanitarian programs in Liberia. He said the IMF has a civic program that supports charitable activities across the globe.

“We will be happy if you [YWCA] can keep us posted with your activities,” Amo-Yartey said. “I will like to take this opportunity to wish YWCA Liberia all the best in your humanitarian and community development efforts.”

In a letter addressed to the YWCA, Lagarde said it was regrettable that she could not come to Liberia but said the IMF is greatly interested in learning about the progress of the YWCA projects.

“Please send us a report on your activities and the outcome of this donation,” she said. “I wish you and your team at the YWCA all the best in your humanitarian endeavors. I really hope to come and visit in the not too distant future.”

The YWCA's Toweh shows Amo-Yartey products made by the  YWCA group. Photo: Stephen Kollie

The YWCA’s Toweh shows Amo-Yartey products made by the YWCA group. Photo: Stephen Kollie

The National General Secretary of the YWCA, Roseline K. Toweh thanked the IMF for the donation, describing the visit of the IMF’s Resident Representative as a “milestone and a greater achievement of the YWCA.”

Featured image by Stephen Kollie

Stephen Kollie

Originally from Voinjama, Lofa County, Stephen is currently based in Monrovia and has been a reporter for Front Page Africa. He has practiced in the field of journalism since he was 12 years old, having started as a child broadcaster.

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