Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

The mission of the Foundation is to promote holistic transformation in Africa by facilitating equal access to opportunities in all spheres of influence. Its vision is a peaceful and reconciled Africa that recognizes and utilizes the skills and talents of all, regardless of gender and ethnicity. How GPFA Got Its Logo: The Unity Circle sculpture is a traditional West African wood carving of three intertwined figures holding up a shared bow.. It symbolizes community, cohesion, and cooperation. These values underpin the GPFA's efforts to build a peaceful, reconciled Africa through the inclusive efforts of men, women and the youth. GPFA focuses its efforts by empowering women and youth--tr...
Jan 14, 2015

Food Drive:Ebola Survivors & Female-Led Household

Ebola survivor children happily collect food
Ebola survivor children happily collect food

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) continues its campaign to provide direct community support to those affected by Ebola. In addition to funding community-based organizations' health awareness campaigns, contact tracing and outreach, GPFA provides direct support to those most vulnerable. 

In October 2014, GPFA partnered with STARZ College of Science & Technology to distribute $1000 USD worth of bags of rice and cooking oil to families in the Airfield community in Monrovia.  Over 20 families received food emergency packages.  Families patiently lined up to receive food allowance to help offset the challenges the health crisis has placed on marginalized families as STARZ facilitated the disbursement process.  

In December 2014, GPFA ramped up its food drive to focus on two vulnerable groups: Survivors of Ebola (particularly children) and female-headed households of young children.  GPFA partnered with Amos Sawboh of Orphan Concern Liberia, a Liberian-led youth initiative to support survivors of Ebola, to identify persons in need of aid in the Banjor area in the Virginia community of Monrovia. GPFA distributed $4000 USD worth of care packages of rice, cooking oil, beans, Quaker oats, sugar, canned milk, seasoning cubes and health kits of chloride, soap and hand sanitizers to over 30 families who had survived Ebola.  An additional 20 families of elderly female-headed households caring for dependent children received care packages and health kits in the Clara Town, Topoe Village on Gardnersville Highway, Matadi, and Morristown comunities in Monrovia.  As caretakers, girls and women are particularly at risk during the current health crisis according to a Dec. 14, 2014 Voice of America article. To ensure that care packages and health kits went to the most vulnerable, GPFA hand-delivered supplies to families.

Over 70 families received care packages and health kits. GPFA's partnership with Kids Engagement Project--which provides books and educational materials to children at home while schools were closed--and Orphan Concern will continue to monitor their progress. 

With your continued support, GPFA will continue to support local Liberian efforts to end Ebola, and keep children healthy, safe and engaged. 

A survivor of Ebola carries a care package home
A survivor of Ebola carries a care package home
Dec 11, 2014

Making Learning Happen at all Levels

GPFA Scholar Yvonne at Cedar Crest College
GPFA Scholar Yvonne at Cedar Crest College

GPFA is excited about  being able to continue to make learning happen at all levels during even trying times.  The Gbowee Peace Foundation has been able to stay true to a mantra of educating wonderful girls and giving them the opportunity of a life time, with support from wonderful donors like you. To date, our international students have all fitted into life on campus at their various schools in the US. Yvonne’s happily making new friends at Cedar Crest College whilst working to acquire her first degree in Social Work; Delight’s getting into the work force at Eastern Mennonite University and Anita’s assimilating into college life at Barnard; Delight and Anita both are our grantees from Ghana.  Georgia, who’s enrolled at the Clinton School of Public Service, studying for her master’s - is making strides at the University of Arkansas. With your help, we were able to get these students ready to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities afforded them through these scholarships.

The rest of our AGLI grantees have been out of school due to the outbreak of the deadly EBOLA Virus Disease (EVD) that has killed so many people in Liberia since February 2014 to present. Being innovative, GPFA espoused the idea of getting our students safe, whilst getting them trained to take part in the Foundation’s Ebola Outreach Initiative.  With that in mind, a one day EBOLA Outreach Awareness training with 9 of our Scholarship recipients from different Universities. These scholars were trained via our partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Work, by Registered Nurse Gloria Wayne – Davis.  At the end of the training, they were set to go out in their various communities, do awareness on how to prevent oneself from acquiring the EBOLA disease; they were also tasked with carrying out a survey of health facilities that are having medical supplies to protect themselves when attending to sick patients.  Our Grantees who got trained came from five of our partner Tertiary Institutions, namely Starz College of Technology, Tubman University, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, Smythe Institute and e University of Liberia

Ebola Prevention Community Outreach by GPFA Scholarship Recipients

Through the support of you all our GlobalGiving donors, GPFA was able to provide small grants to Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Media Institutions in Local and Rural communities. Four of our scholarship recipients, Becky, Vaiba, Gwendolyn and Grace are actually the leaders of four of the CBOs and they have been very active in helping to kick EBOLA out of Liberia.  GPFA’s Scholars also did outreach with staff and they conducted a three days EBOLA Outreach Awareness with commercial drivers at public parking stations; they also assisted in educating Motorcyclists plying the targeted routes.  All of this community awareness work was done to help stop the spread of the EBOLA Virus in Liberia. The need for contact tracing, the promotion of the regular washing of hands; Our awareness team made sure to share the Ministry of Health’s preventive measures and to talk about the reintegration of EBOLA survivors in their respective communities.

As we await the re-opening of schools, our GPFA AGLI scholars are actively involved in educating their communities on ways to stop the prevention of the EVD, giving awareness about contact tracing, and striving to carry out validation in their communities.  The Foundation will continue to keep them engaged, innovatively making learning happen at all levels.  GPFA will keep our AGLI Scholarship recipients involved in this fight to eradicate this deadly disease, whilst ensuring that they are themselves following the preventative measures as announced by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and the Liberian Health Ministry, and keeping safe.  

GPFA Scholar Georgia at University of Arkansas
GPFA Scholar Georgia at University of Arkansas
GPFA Scholar Anita at Barnard College, NY
GPFA Scholar Anita at Barnard College, NY
GPFA Scholars EBOLA Awareness Outreach
GPFA Scholars EBOLA Awareness Outreach
Training GPFA Scholars on EBOLA Prevention
Training GPFA Scholars on EBOLA Prevention
Sep 30, 2014

Water Delivery to Dolo Town

Dolo Town community leaders, GPFA and Vaibah F.
Dolo Town community leaders, GPFA and Vaibah F.

Dolo Town, about 47 miles east of Monrovia, is home to about 17,000 residents. Much of the economic activity is connected to Firestone, the largest natural rubber operation in the world.  

In early August, Dolo Town was placed on quarantine by the Liberian government to contain the outbreak. Firestone employees were barred from going to work, and women who run the local market were no longer able to replenish their quickly dwindling supplies.  

The quarantine included a plan to provide rations and water, but for many residents, accessibility to food and water was at the mercy of family members outside the community who brought supplies.  As residents scrambled to keep healthy, the issue of water--to wash, sanitize, and drink--became a growing challenge. 

On August 23rd, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa donated two trucks of mineral water worth $500 USD.  Ebola patients should consume over a gallon water per day to maintain hydration. Healthy persons need soap and water to keep areas sanitized.  The donation addressed water shortage access and was coordinated by GPFA, Rock Hill Community Women organizer Vaibah Fl. and received by the Chairman of River View Community Rev. Joseph T., Pastor  of the Conquerors Church Center and his Assistant Pastor Nathaniel M.

 

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