Feb 10, 2021

Project Update

COVID-19 Awareness Campaign
COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Background

Since Liberia experienced the 15 years prolongs civil unrest, the chances of chaos, crimes, violence and addictiveness to elicit substance remain a huge challenge for former child soldiers (FCS), women associated with fighting forces (WAFF) and other war affected youths (WAY). Today, vast number of these young men and women are caught up with the use of illicit substance, violence and crime for living.

Survey

In order to contribute to the Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS) and other vulnerable groups and enable them to have a better livelihood, the HR&S RISE SUPPORT CENTER in LIBERIA conducted a programme survey. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the current status of the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV), customer segment for IDEFOCS proposed Desktop publishing Center and to identify potential entrepreneurs in Little Bassa to do business with.

As a result of the survey, the following action plan was agreed upon:

1. Empower HR&S RISE Support Centre Liberia to coach firmly.

- Funds will be managed by RISE Centre from January 2020 and on-wards.

- RISE makes quarterly surveys at the BRV.

- Equip the coaches with good cell-phones/computers and the Centre with satellite internet access.

2. Establish an HR&S Centre in the BRV building in Little Bassa

OR just outside Little Bassa, at a location that enables BRV surveiance as well as connect with customers of Internet centre and value-added farm products.

- Link the HR&S Centre in Little Bassa with the decision makers in the local community; the elders, the chief of the village and

  • Identify the leader structure in Little Bassa and approach them.
  • Managed by the PR coach.

- Connect the Centre to satellite internet and bring the six computers there.

  • Let the local community benefit.

- Staff the centre with three HR&S partners preferably from Little Bassa, who

  • Renovate the building and secure it.
  • Ensure profitable farming.
  • Welcomes a small group of well selected FCS and involve them in the work.

- Offer trauma counselling in the Centre.

- Write a collaboration agreement between the Centre and IDEFOCS.

- Develop a 2021 business plan and co-fundraise at the GlobalGiving platform and elsewhere.

COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Action10 and HR&S also made a COVID-19 Awareness Campaign in the BRV Village which was successful and very appreciated. More details on this will come in the next report.

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Feb 10, 2021

Continuous Progress

Background

Through the TRUST, RESPONSIBILITY, and ACCOUNTABILITY instituted in the management, HR&S – Action10 villages program No A.3. increased the number of loan takers in the villages on the 31st October 2020. This is the result of the new fund supplied by the HR&S – Action10. After the 60 new contracts, signed on the 3rd of October 2020, new 30 women were now involved in the program for 24 weeks. Their first reimbursement started on November 05th, 2020.

This report concerns the launch of the activities of the implementation of this phase of the “Small-scale business program in Agbelouve”, Togo. Agbelouve (Prefecture of Zio) is a small town about 50 km from Lomé and it is associated to three small villages Kpotsokope, Agbodzakpo, and Foulani Kondji, which are situated within 30 km from Agbelouve. The program on the field comprised of people with small business such as sales of maize, beans and cakes, rice, yams and fruits, bags, clothes and shoes, drugs, goats, local drinks, bars, etc.

Project Update

A workshop on how to use the grants and attitudes to avoid and to reimburse all the amount was addressed to all the participants in each village on 31th of October 2020. Each loan taker was advised to manage their activities making the economy to reach sustainability in a few years (for example 2 years). The people involved in this program were happy while the smile began again with these forms of cooperatives.

 

Challenges and proposed solutions

 

  • Male candidates are expecting being integrated into the program

o    Proposed solution: Good result from the actual program can lead to their integration where more fund is needed to come up of this demand

  • A large number of candidates from the previous phase of the program are expecting a continuation.

o    Proposed solution: Make a survey about the understanding and experiences among participants in the previous phase of the program, in order to learn the lessons and further strengthen the program design.

  • New cooperatives are coming on the field to grant people. Women would like to take many engagements to get more capital.

o    Proposed solution: As our rate would be the best, people are still interested in but investigations are improved to avoid loan takers with two different loans. The need to increase the amount of the loan is raised.

 

Thanks for your support!

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Oct 17, 2020

One step ahead!! ROAD MAP 2020

Background

Since Liberia experienced the 15 years prolongs civil unrest, the chances of chaos, crimes, violence and addictiveness to elicit substance remain a huge challenge for former child soldiers (FCS), women associated with fighting forces (WAFF) and other war affected youths (WAY). Today, vast number of these young men and women are caught up with the use of illicit substance, violence and crime for living.

Project Update

The programme is constructing a vocational and technical institution called the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV),  where the Target partners can find a safe environment, support and work.  Through this activity, the programme can make a larger impact which benefits both the target partners and the whole society. The BRV shall be able to host target partners for six months and give them all the necessary skills and support that they need.

As mentioned, the long term goal of the project is the empowerment of all Liberian former child soldiers. The project moves forward with laying out a road-map for the same. The project aims to be completed in three phases where phase one includes lays the foundation in terms of :

 

  1. Renovation of the building at the BRV.
  2. Placement of beds in the five rooms.
  3. Sustainable Electricity (maybe SolarCity)
  4. Cooking utensils and materials to use at the camp.
  5. Water (groundwater preparation).
  6. Preparation of farmland and agriculture activities.

 

The project aims at providing two major vocational and technical courses to the target partners in AGRICULTURE and GENERAL CONSTRUCTION in Phase 2 and 3.

The aim is that the BRV will provide the opportunity for IDEFOCS to reduce violence in the Communities; stop the re-recruitment of former child soldiers; help to work towards the goal to stop the migration of war in West Africa, and will promote peace and security.

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