Execute Director with IHI Staff trainees
Dear Friends of Imani House,
IMANI HOUSE LIBERIA continues to transition through the ongoing issues caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Health Care and Education Project continues to persevere with your kind support of friends from around the world. Thank you for all you do in support of all our programs.
In Liberia, from 3 January 2020 to 15 May 2021, there have been 2,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85 deaths reported. As of 12 May 2021, a total of 36,404 vaccine doses have been administered by the government. Though the numbers are small, IMANI HOUSE continues to operate under caution with full IPC (Infection Prevention Control) in place at all our sites to protect staff and clients.
. The highlight events of this reporting period were:
- The founder, Executive Director(ED) of the IMANI HOUSE ORGANIZATION, and overall Project Leader of the Family Health Care and Education Project to Liberia. It was her first visit in over nine (9) years;
- Implementation of a new fees system to help the Clinic offset some of the expenses of operation
- Resumptions of the Adult Literacy Classes at two sites, VOA and St. Mary’s
- The ED held trainer of trainers workshops to improve the use of Health Manuel as a part of Community Health Education activities;
- A three-part training held over a period of 3 weeks to train two staff members to be focal points for the roll-out of the IHI Digital Learning Center
- Scholarship Support to Liberia students continues, and now for the first time, financial support to parents of the students to assist in set up a small business is planned.
- Imani House was among the Nominees for the 2021 Aurora Humanitarian Award for work done over thirty-five (35)years in Liberia.
- Visit by IHI Delegation to historical B. W Harris Episcopal School in Monrovia on behalf of the B. W. Harris Episcopal School Alumni Association-USA, Inc.
Despite the dangers of travel during the Covid Crisis, the Founder and Executive Director had made a trip to Liberia to assess IMANI HOUSE programs in Liberia. Part of her purpose while on the ground was to evaluate staff and all systems currently in place to improve the organization's overall impact on the groups we serve. Lastly, the ED wanted to do more training of the team to improve the output of staff to make overall operation more efficient. Madame Executive Director spent full two months on the ground working with IHI management and staff in our various programs.
Because of the Covid Pandemic, the patient load at our family health clinic dropped considerably in 2020. Also, our donor funding to the project declined. It was decided while the health clinic had offered basically free services since its inception 35 years ago. During the last year, a drop in donor support forced us to consider introducing a new temporary fee system in February. While our patients are from some of the poorest communities, we had to increase registration and lab fees to help offset the higher cost of medicines and other supplies. At the same time, there has been a gradual increase in patient numbers at the clinic during the first quarter of 2021. Despite a fee scale being implemented and improved patient load, our programs still depend on more than 50% of our revenue from supporters like you! Without your contributions, we can not deliver our life-saving services to Liberia's marginalized communities.
A one-day pre-training was held by the Executive Directors(ED) during her visit with the Program Manager and Key Literacy staff to discuss the reorganization of health education classes around the IHI Liberian HEALH MANUEL. The health manual was developed specifically to enhance Liberian skills and behaviors toward health, sanitation, nutrition, and human rights. This training explored how to better utilize the manual in the classroom and the communities from which our students come. It also looked at other necessities that IHI needs to consider as projects that would support the topics covered in the manual. i.e., like constructing latrines and waterpoint in underserved communities,
The ED held a second workshop for the Literacy, medical, and management staff to deploy the Liberian Health Manual in the clinic and adult literacy sites. Also, the possible impact of expanding the use of the manual and once again to schools and other communities in rural Monseraddo County.
Due to Covid -19, We had discontinued our Adult Literacy Program in March 2020. The Liberian government closed educational facilities. Covid outbreak caused our financial resources to be reduced due to donor fatigue. For 2021 Programs are now fully active again starting in February as private donations were made to keep the Literacy programs open and provide small stipends to Tutors and books and other educational supplies for the Student. So the IHI Liberian Health Manuel is an intricate part of the curriculum being taught.
The VOA program moved to a new Government School. This was made possible by donations of the generator and operational funds from a long-time supporter and former Board Member of IMANI HOUSE in the United States. The plan is to support the school where the Literacy program is hosted with a wall painting project to brighten the school's appearance. This project would include murals and brightly colored halls that would benefit our nighttime Literacy Students and the normal day students attending the Government school. Maybe you would like to support this initiative...
With support from our sister organization, we are preparing to set up the Imani House Digital Learning Center within the coming weeks. As stated earlier, we trained two focal points or to help coordinate this rollout of the Bridge_Pi project at the clinic to support medical staff training and patient health education classes. Our staff will eventually use this little hand computer to enhance our community health education program. It gives us the potential to set up our first digital library for the greater Brewerville community.
For the first time, IHI is offering microloans for the single-parent household of one of the young scholarship students as a pilot project. As head of the house with six children to care for, the mother lost the family's sole breadwinner when her husband passed away from the deadly EBOLA virus that ravaged Liberia in 2014-16. She struggled to provide food to her children and education to all her children as a market woman in one of the local markets in Jahtondo Town near our family health center. The mother has made a business plan with the help of IHI staff and shows that she can make a profit from the initial seed money IHI is providing. We hope that we will solicit funds from the international community to sustain this new microloan program for other women in need. We're so excited that we can give a hand up to entrepreneurs working towards better lives. When you invest in women, you invest in change!
Our founder and Executive Director and IMANI HOUSE came very close to being chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Aurora Humanitarian Award for 2021. Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is an annual international humanitarian award recognizing individuals for humanitarian work. It is awarded annually on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide. IMANI HOUSE, out of the 581 applicants, had our Exec. Director was selected as one of the last draws for the finalist. This was a big honor for our organization gave IHI more recognition for the work we have done in Liberia and the United States. It only goes to highlight how a small NGO can impact so many.
In closing, an IMANI HOUSE Delegation visited the historical B. W. Harris Episcopal Elementary. Junior & Senior High School, a religious school in Monrovia, Liberia. The ED, Program Director, and the Program Manager made the trip on behalf of the B. W. Harris Episcopal School Alumni Association-USA, Inc. The Executive Director of IMANI HOUSE is an honorary member of the Alumni Association. Along with members of her team, she was welcomed by the principal and other staff members. The association and its members are sponsors of IHI Liberia programs through their fundraising events. We thank them, and we thank you for your continued support.
If you would like to get more information about IMANI HOUSE, please visit our Web site: IMANI HOUSE, INC. – Building Community Through Education, Information, Health, and Service
Madam Executive Director Welcoming patients
Closing Program for Adult Literacy Students
Execute Director meets with IHI Staff
Execute Director meets with Scholorship Students
The ED meets with Clinic Patients
Mother Brings Children for Treatment
Momma N recepient of Microloan to her family
IHI Meets Principal at B. W. Harris School
Execute Director meets with B.W. Harris Staff
Execute Director visits B.W. Harris's Pre-K Class
Tour of B. W. Harris Kindergarten Classroom