Young U.S. Based Liberian Lady Releases A Book – “Half The Sky”

sangA young based Liberian, Sang Kromah, and Executive Director of Resources and Outreach for Liberia (ROL), a registered US-based nonprofit organization that bridges the gap between Liberia’s under-resourced education and health sectors by creating sustainable opportunities has published a new book, “Half The Sky”.

A Masters in communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology is the daughter of Mr. Sam Mohamed Kromah and Dr. Margaret N. Kromah who is also a dentist, US Army veteran, and public health specialist.

In a communication to this outlet, Ms. Kromah said she is the 12th Man” campaign, after seeing the quality of her my work, ROL’s Board sent her to Liberia in 2012 for the last four years where she lived and worked, advocating for the rights of girls and creating mentoring, literacy and writing programs to empower at-risk girls and partnered with NY-based nonprofit, I-Help Liberia to facilitate students from Hunter College High School and graduates who are currently enrolled in Ivy League universities to lead STEM-based programs with students in Liberia.

These programs  she noted are important, because they keep girls busy and off the street, but it isn’t enough; girls need a safe place to go during times of crisis as well. We launched Project READ (Restoration Education And Development), an initiative with a goal of creating safe places in Liberia for girls. These will be places that employ girls with growth and leadership opportunities. Our first project is to open a girls’ drop-in center and a public library.

She said the Project READ has acquired well over 40,000 books for our library so far, was featured in The Huffington Post, our progress was featured on Baltimore’s ABC2 News in December 2015, is a recent grantee of a seed grant from The Pollination Project, and a recent grantee of 4imprint’s Onebyone Products Grant. Project READ is fighting to end the epidemic of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against girls in Liberia by turning victims into survivors and implementing programs that will help prevent the victimization of at-risk girls.

Through a full library of books, one on one counseling, arts programs, weekly group discussions and activities, daily tutoring, career training, community outreach projects, and a place to stay during times of emergencies, Project READ will give girls wings to soar. Last year, we also launched our global social change initiative, Project GirlSpire, with a mission of passing on empowerment from girl to girl, nation to nation. Project GirlSpire is putting together an anthology of short stories written by women and girls to inspire girls globally. We recently found a publisher for the anthology.

It is the goal of Project READ to open at least one new sustainable safe place per year in Liberia. This will range from theaters to shops to internet cafes to farms, providing safe work opportunities for girls, opportunities for health socialization and more, as these opportunities do not currently exist for girls in Liberia. There are no libraries, movie theaters, counseling centers, or anything of the sort in Liberia.

Feeling safe is the foundation for growth and empowerment. But with sexual violence against girls in Liberia at an all-time high, the world has evolved into a frightening place for Liberian girls. I am writing you to ask for your support in this endeavor by writing on Project READ. We want to get our story out there in order to get support. I am currently in the US to raise awareness about our initiative, and to find investors, partners, sponsors as well as in-kind and monetary donations for the shipment of books and supplies, and the startup costs for the library and drop-in center. This is an opportunity to be a part of a life changing initiative. I am currently in the United States packing the books and supplies for shipment to Liberia with hopes of returning in May she concluded in her communication to the GNN said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.