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...
Sep 17, 2014

Dreams Realized & Moving Toward Targeted Advocacy

Ernestine our 2014 High School Graduate!!
Ernestine our 2014 High School Graduate!!

Dreams Realized & Moving Toward Targeted Advocacy

Friends,

We are so very happy to report that as of our last two reports, "the success story” where we highlighted 2 of our scholars obtaining Bachelor & Associate Degrees from 2 local Universities in Liberia, we have had several other reasons to celebrate. We are excited to share with you our newest success stories:

OUR 2014 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE!!!

We are so honored and proud to announce that our AGLI High Schol Senior Ernestine earned a High School Diploma from the Effort Baptist Church School on June 30, 2014. Ernestine has applied to the Foundation’s International Scholarship program for tertiary schools and a determination will be made as soon as possible to get her enrolled into college.

GPFA's INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFF TO A NEW START!!!

Four of our scholars (all West African female students) left for the United States of America in the second week of August, 2014 to study at various Universities/Colleges. They include: Georgia , Yvonne, Anita and Delight. Georgia is our first Liberian student to gain admission into a full Master Program at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas, USA. Georgia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication (2011) from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia. Yvonne, a sophomore Scholar at the United Methodist University was able to matriculate to the Cedar Crest University undergraduate program in Pennsylvania, USA, where she is currently studying for a Bachelor in Social Work. Delight and Anita, both Ghanaian nationals, are pursuing undergraduate degrees at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA and Barnard College, New York, USA respectively. These 4 young women were awarded international scholarships on January 30, 2014 at the Foundation's 2nd Gala Anniversary held in Liberia.

GATHERING OF SCHOLARS

On June 17, 2014, our 2nd Gathering of Scholars took place at the Musu's Spot Conference Hall, in Congo Town, Liberia. Twenty-five girls were opportune to interact with the Founder/President of GPFA, Madam Gbowee and other members of GPFA management team. In this gathering, the girls were encouraged to share personal stories and challenges they faced in school and life in general. It was also a time of getting to know each other - especially the girls who were attending schools outside Monrovia. It was a great time of experience sharing. Our international Education Program intern, conducted an hour of training on how to write resumes (curriculum vitae) and sit for an interview. We had a visiting dean and professor from a university in California come share with the students about life on a US College campus. The highlight of the gathering was the determination of the express need to get into targeted advocacy to help eradicate sexual exploitation of young girls on secondar and tertiary school campuses.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS OF LOCAL SCHOLARS

Under the AGLI scholarship program, the scholars are required to participate in a month-long community service internship with various Institutions, as a way of giving back to their respective communities and/or counties. The Program Department at the Foundation worked with the girls to identify areas for placement based on their area of specialization at their respective Universities/Colleges. These girls are placed on internship at different intervals throughout the year, with perdiem/stipend provided to them for their time with their host facility. As part of the placement process, our program staff accompanied some of the girls within Monrovia for placement after an official letter was sent and the institution(s) confirmed their acceptance. Some of these Institutions included the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, Liberia Observer Corporation and the Center for Agriculture & Research Institution (CARI). Mid-way into their internships, we had to pull the girls out of the facilities due to the heightened outbreak of the EBOLA Virus in Liberia. For now, with schools closed, we have enlisted the help of the older students to go out and do targeted EBOLA outreach and awareness. They were given training by a specialist from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare from its department of Prevention and Disease Control on the education about, eradication and prevention of the deadly disease.

Georgia leaving for the University of Arkansas
Georgia leaving for the University of Arkansas
Yvonne ready to leave for Cedar Crest College, USA
Yvonne ready to leave for Cedar Crest College, USA
Scholars getting tips on Interviews/Resume Writing
Scholars getting tips on Interviews/Resume Writing
Sep 15, 2014

GSA Rock Hill Community Women: Vaibah

Vaibah speaks with youth soccer players about EBV.
Vaibah speaks with youth soccer players about EBV.

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa supports GSA Rock Hill Community Women

Profile on Vaibah & GSA Rock Hill Community Women

Vaibah is a fierce protector of her close-knit Rock Hill community.  For over a decade, Vaibah has worked with her neighbors to safeguard the neighborhood they love. An impoverished district of over 25,000 residents, Rock Hill is located in Monrovia. Many of its inhabitants and their children still earn a living crushing rocks by hand to sell for construction projects. Access to clean water remains a challenge for many of its residents. Vaibah, and women like her, formed the GSA Rock Hill Community Women group to address local issues. GSA Rock Hill Community Women (“Rock Hill Women”) have worked vigilantly to expand access to clean water, and raise school enrollment for neighborhood children.

As news of Ebola worsened, Vaibah and her associates grew increasingly worried that the outbreak would spread to Rock Hill. With limited access to clean water and few health professionals, one infected neighbor could prove disastrous for Rock Hill. “If Ebola comes to this community,” explains Vaibah “what is there to stop it? The people here are too poor.” Rock Hill Women had a plan to prevent transmission, but no funds to implement it.

With a grant from Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), Rock Hill Women executed their two-prong plan: Outreach to youth to build awareness and health education tutorials. Vaibah with her team distributed buckets, chlorine and soap to various groups and centers where youths and adults gather on the daily including clothing shops, prayer bands, video clubs, and drug stores. Using support from GPFA, Rock Hill Women re-granted a modest amount to Young Women of Substance, a young women’s youth group aged 22 to 30 years old, to support anti-transmission efforts. “No one has come to help Rock Hill. No one has given us money to stop the virus from coming [here]. It is as if we are forgotten! Gbowee Peace Foundation was the only one who said, ‘Here. What can we do to help?’”

One-on-one engagement on the prevention of Ebola.
One-on-one engagement on the prevention of Ebola.
Rock Hill Women go door-to-door.
Rock Hill Women go door-to-door.
Young Women of Substance continue the campaign.
Young Women of Substance continue the campaign.

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Sep 2, 2014

Building Local Leadership & Trust to Combat Ebola

Messengers of Peace - Engaging Market Women
Messengers of Peace - Engaging Market Women

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) enables community groups to provide basic services and health information to local constituencies.  Our approach is to build local leadership in the communities they serve. The slow and uncoordinated response of the national government has sowed mistrust, panic and complacency.  The history of Liberian politics is fraught with favoritism among political and ethnic lines, disengagement with poor and rural communities, and suspicion of government action and engagement.  The current Ebola outbreak resurrects ongoing tensions as it highlights how the national government prioritizes or ignores communities in its fight to slow the outbreak. GPFA recognizes the gap between government actors and the communities it serves, and works to build local leadership and groups to foster greater trust and cooperation.  We believe that the outbreak will end when actors at all levels--the national and district governments, community-based organizations and the health sector--work cooperatively to engage local communities.  

The purpose of this report is to highlight a few beneficiaries who used grants to build local knowledge and quell fears. The legacy of this effort fosters trust and cooperation in local communities. 

Grantees:

Messengers of Peace (Montserrado County)
Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND) (Montserrado County)
West Point Women for Health and Development Organization (Montserrado County)
Community Action Network (CAN) (Montserrado County)
New Kru Town Youth Association (Borough of New Kru Town - Montserrado County)
Young Women of Substance (Montserrado County)
Liberia National Youth Congress (LNYC - Montserrado County - Morris Farm Community Paynesville)
Champion Intellectual Social and Civic Movement (CISCM - Montserrado County)
Forum for Democracy and Civic Education (Montserrado County)
Liberia Youth Initiative (Brewerville- Montserrado County)
Vision Incorporated (Montserrado County - PHP Community)
National Student Intellectual Council of Liberia (NASICOL - MONTSERRADO County, Slipway Community)
Rockhill Women (Rockhill Community, Paynesville, GSA Road – Montserrado County)
Christian Women Peace Initiative (Montserrado County)
Lakpazee Women Association (Airfield, Lakpazee - Montserrado County)

RURAL COMMUNITIES
Tienii Youth for Progressive Action (Grand Cape Mount County)
River Cess Rural Women (River Cess County)
River Cess Youth League (River Cess County)
WIPSEN Rural Women (BONG COUNTY)
Women In Peacebuilding NETWORK (WIPNET,Totota - Bong County)
Dolo's Town Youth Council (Margibi County)
United Youth for Sustainable Peace (Bomi County)
Nimba Rural Women - (Nimba County)
FACE AFRICA – Liberia (River Cess, etc)

RADIO STATIONS
Radio Gbarnga (Bong County)
Radio Bong (Bong County)
RBS Radio (Rivercess County)
Radio Margibi (Margibi County)
Radio Bomi (Tubmanburg, Bomi County)
Radio Nimba (Nimba County)   

Messengers of Peace - Engaging Local Drivers
Messengers of Peace - Engaging Local Drivers
Vision Incorporated public health address
Vision Incorporated public health address
Vision Incorporated community listens
Vision Incorporated community listens
Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND)
Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND)
Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND)
Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND)

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