FAYWEC, (Falika African Youth and Women Empowerment Center), was established in 2006, in the City of Brewerville, Liberia by Ms. Rebecca Falika, to serve displaced youth and abused women as result of the Liberian civil conflict in which over 250, 000 Liberians were killed. This included many husbands and fathers who were normally the breadwinners in the family. Many survivors lost all their worldly possessions. These sad and despicable events forced many young people in Liberia into destitution and homelessness. Ms. Falika, an African fashion designer, whose parents hailed from Gbarpolu County, northern Liberia, attended the Lott Carey Baptist Mission School in Brewerville, Montserrado County. She returned to Brewerville, Monterrado County, after 35 years in the United States, Discouraged and disappointed to see the condition that her country was in, especially Brewerville, the city where she grew up, the dream for FAYWEC Empowerment Center was born. Never forgetting where she went to school and grew up, she decided to give back to her childhood community by focusing on helping the most venerable population in and around Brewerville.
Falika African Youth and Women Empowerment Center (FAYWEC) is a nonprofit organization which provides educational and empowerment services to the underprivileged, homeless, children, youths and women in the country of Liberia. The program will form partnerships with community-based agencies and professionals to provide skilled and educational training, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention services. FAYWEC’s goals are to provide a safe haven and shelter for Liberian children and women, to effectively educate the Liberian community on HIV/AIDS preventions practices, and to broaden the opportunity for educational enhancement opportunities through the development of tutorial vocational training programs. Only through a personal relationship within the Liberian community can a glimpse of individual responsibility be reestablished. This educational and empowerment opportunity will change the mindset deeply rooted in these young children and women and afford them the essential survival tools or commitment needed to obtain a sense of pride and accomplishment.
In order to pull together their respective gifts, talents, and resources, young children and women must be educated and empowered in an inclusive learning environment that promotes harmony and the collaborative efforts needed to invoke and reinforce self-empowerment and respect that lies deep within one’s own self.