ALWA empowers communities through a community-based, participatory and inclusive approach that focuses on promoting the welfare and rights of girls and women; and enhancing their potential and contributions as key element to reducing poverty, promoting healthy, stable and resilient communities. ALWA Utilizes community assets for the shared good of everyone.
Many of our projects fall within the below priority program areas:
1. Health Promotion
Sexual and Reproductive Health
The number and spacing of children have huge impact on the physical, social and economic status of a woman. Every woman should have the means to decide when or if to have children and the number of children to bear. Adolescents’ reproductive choices have direct effect of the future of any society.
ALWA believes that comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services for adolescent and women are the most effective approaches for preventing unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality and morbidity, fighting STIs including HIV and AIDS, promoting girls retention in school while also promoting human rights and gender equality. ALWA programs will mainly target adolescent girls because they bear the highest risk of unintended pregnancy and SITs including HIV & AIDS infections; and as a way of addressing teenage pregnancy, school dropout and unsafe abortion. With accurate information and skills to protect themselves and make informed decision, adolescents can reach their full potential and contribute to the social and economic transformation of their society.
Gender inequality intersects with climate risks and vulnerabilities. Women are particularly vulnerable to the devastating impact of climate change but are less likely than men to receive support to address climate change challenges that affect women immediate lives. ALWA will work with women to identify and implement appropriate, effective and affordable adaptation and mitigation technics to address climate change at community levels.
2. Protection and Leadership Development
Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response
Sexual and domestic violence continue to affect the safety and security of women and girls in Liberia. Rape, sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking are everyday reality for women and girls. The consequences of these abuses are enormous and the associated stigma leaves women and girls vulnerable and isolated. ALWA works with communities including men and boys to break the cycle of violence by creating awareness on the consequences of gender based violence and also link survivors to services for appropriate response including access to healthcare and justice. Programs are also designed to meet the psycho-social needs of women, children and other victims who have experienced exploitation, abuse, disease or loss and separation from their families.
ALWA leadership development initiatives will center on life skills,leadership development and mentorship for women and girls to promote their healthy development to become productive contributors to communities.
3. Economic empowerment
Expanding Livelihood opportunities
ALWA programs on economic empowerment and livelihood will focus on providing business knowledge and skills development, expanding access to resources (material, financial) for small business and support to community-based agricultural initiatives; all gear towards sustaining livelihood for personal and social development. ALWA also provide skills training to young women who have had their education interrupted by unintended pregnancy and other economic challenges.
Investing in girls’ education creates a direct path towards poverty reduction, gender equality,improved security and health and advances economic growth and development. ALWA promotes access to education by providing comprehensive educational support to mainly girls who are of school-going age but economically disadvantaged and for those in school but struggling to remain there.
4. Research and Advocacy
Through participatory community engagement, ALWA will assess and analyze, and bring to the attention of relevant duties-bearers situations and conditions that affect women and girls as well as other marginalized groups for appropriate actions. Research will also serve as the basis for new program development.