BWI, MVTC Top NHA Housing Design Competition

first_imgNHA, Partners Present cash award to BWI and MVTC The National Housing Authority (NHA) with support from its international partners, Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and Cities Alliance (CA) last Wednesday, November 1, presented cash awards of L$100,000 to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and L$50,000 to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).The two schools emerged as winner and runner-up (respectively) of the Innovative Housing Design Competition held on September 27, at the official launch of the Slum Upgrading Unit of the NHA. In addition to the cash prizes, BWI also received L$40,000 while MVTC received L$30,000 to cover preparation cost for their participation.During the presentation, Mr. Es-Samir Bropleh, Coordinator of the newly established Slum Upgrading Unit of the National Housing Authority, thanked the students for bringing pride to their respective institutions and encouraged them to always take their lessons seriously.Mr. 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 the housing needs of slum dwellers, 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.Mr. Bropleh said 70% of Monrovia’s population lives in slums under devastating housing conditions and it was now time for practical actions to be taken to address the problem. He, therefore, thanked Habitat for Humanity International and Cities Alliance for the level of support aimed at improving the housing needs of slum dwellers.Habitat for Humanity International’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 of Monrovia.According to him, the program is being funded by Comic Relief through Cities Alliance and is currently implementing eight projects through several local and international partners.Habitat for Humanity International’s role under the 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 for Humanity International is, therefore, working along with the National Housing Authority 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.Mr. Ndote expressed his organization’s appreciation for the good partnership and leadership demonstrated by NHA in prioritizing low-income households through the establishment of a Slum Upgrading Unit.He also cited the Innovative Housing Design Competition as 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 participation.In response, Mr. Harry Tarnue, Principal of BWI and Mr. Wilfred S.K. Payne, Director of MVTC, thanked both the NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for creating the platform for their students to showcase their skills. The two administrators further expressed their gratitude for the cash prizes and pleaded with NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for partnership and collaboration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Child Health Consultation To Be Held In Fort St. John

first_imgThe report done by the Chief Medical Health officer also pointed out that there can be big differences growing up in Northern B.C.“We know that there are some factors in Northern B.C. that are challenging for children and we want to see what improvements can be made. Those improvements need to be in partnership with other community groups. We want to listen to communities and see what we can do from our end and how we can support our partners as well.”The consultation runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight at the Pomeroy Hotel. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is holding consultations in various communities in hopes of talking about the well-being and health of kids from birth to the age of 17 across Northern B.C.This will be Northern Health’s 7th consultation in the past decade.Jonathon Dyck, Lead Public Affairs and Media Relations at Northern Health says it is all about getting people to talk about many different subjects regarding health.“What we want to do is get out into communities and talk to them about a specific topic and this time it is about growing up healthy in Northern B.C. We want to go  to communities and hear what is working for those communities, what can be improved.”- Advertisement -There will be a report released after the consultations. The consultations include a short presentation and group discussion.“The consultation builds on the Chief Medical Health Officer’s Child Health report released in April that highlights supports available for a healthy start for children in northern B.C., as well as areas that need to be addressed according to evidence-based research. The Child Health report is available under the community accountability section on northernhealth.ca.”Advertisementlast_img read more