NHA And Habitat Present Awards
-BWI, MVTC Benefit
The National Housing Authority (NHA) with support from its International partner, Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and Cities Alliance (CA), recently presented cash awards of L$100,000.00 to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and L$50,000.00 to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.The ceremonies were held separately on the campuses of the two technical institutions that benefited; they emerged as winnersin a runoff of an Innovative Housing Designed Completion held on September 27, 2017 at the official launch of the Slum Upgrading Unit of the NHA.
In addition to the cash prizes, BWI also received L$40,000.00 while MVTC received L$30,000.00 to cover up preparation cost for their participation.
During the presentation ceremonies, Mr. Es-Samir Bropleh, Coordinator of the newly established Slum Upgrading Unit, recognized the students for bringing pride to their respective institutions and encouraged them also to always take their lessons serious.
Bropleh used the occasion to inform the public that the Slum Up-grading Unit of the NHA was established as a specialized unit to work with slum dwellers and other partners in addressing housing needs, especially around Monrovia.
According to him, the Innovative Housing Design Competition was organized to demonstrate to the Government of Liberia, public sector, financial institutions as well as the slum dwellers about the business opportunities that exist in investing in affordable housing for slum dwellers. Broplehasserted that 70% of Monrovia’s population lives in slums under devastating housing conditions, adding that it was time for practical actions to be taken to address the situation and thanked Habitat for Humanity International and Cities Alliance for the level of support aimed at improving the housing needs of slum dwellers.
Habitat’s Chief of Party Mr. Mathew Ndote Peter emphasized that his organization is part of the Liberia Country Program which is a Five year Monrovia City renewal initiative aimed at addressing the overwhelming slum conditions of the City.
Peter disclosed that the program is being funded by Comic Relief through Cities Alliance and is currently implementing eight projects through several local and international partners; Habitat’s role underthe program, is to facilitate the implementation of practical solutions to shelter challenges identified during recent assessments which led to the development of a comprehensive slum upgrading and affordable housing framework.
Habitat is working along with the NHA through its Slum Upgrading Unit as well as financial service providers, private sector firms, development partners and communities for the implementation of its projects under the Monrovia City Program.
Peter expressed appreciation for the partnership and leadership demonstrated by NHA in prioritizing low income households through the establishment of a Slum Upgrading Unit, adding that the Housing Design Competition is the first step in bringing together housing value chain actors and commended NHA, the administrations and students of the two Vocational Training Institutions for their response and participation.
Meanwhile, in response, BWI Principal, HarryTarnue, and Wilfred S.K. Payne, Director of MVTC thanked NHA and Habitat for creating the platform for their students to show-case their skills; the two administrators further expressed gratitude for the cash prizes and pleaded with NHA and Habitatthe continuethe partnership and collaboration.