Thank you for your ongoing support of the Reintegration Project in Liberia. In this update I want you to meet Richard. Richard was a former child soldier who has been rehabilitated and reintegrated. He is currently taking care of the cassava farm at the center and loves his work. The cassava farm is doing well and we look forward to our first harvest (please see the attached pictures).
The President of our Program Partner IDEFOCS, Morris Matadi, reminds us "Together we can change the world".
The biggest need at this time is more funding so we can break ground on the building.
Mar 24, 2015
Reintegration Center update (BRV)
By Ramses A. Hutchins - Head of Programs - IDEFOCS
I'm happy to report to you the progress made on the Reintegration project. Clearing the land has been the hardest part of getting the farm ready!
Hired work force of 20 men from neighboring towns in little Bassa, these men were paid per day to brush the 2 acres farm land. The brushing and felling of trees started Jan 6 and ended on the 11, 2015. After 14 days, the brushed bush was ready to be burned, on Jan 28.
Hired 10 men to burn the farm and after 5 days the land was ready for de-stumping and clearing.
The planting started on Feb 18 and ended on 27, 2015. We hired 8 women of Little Bassa, who planted the cassava and corn on the 2 acres of Land for7 days.
Power Saw Chain- The lack of power saw chain caused us to spent more money as it was not stipulated in the budget. We had to rent power saw chain to cut bigger stumps for total clearing of the site.
Dwelling Place – the lack of dwelling place during our stay in Little Bassa, makes our stay uncomfortable until we return to our individual homes.
Work Force – It was extremely difficult to organize a committed workforce in Little Bassa, because majority of the youth focus on fishing, we have to go into surrounding villages to organize a dedicated workforce.
The beginning of the BRV project was really a lesson and a success. We are happy that we were able to prepare the land for farming which of course we have already planted cassava and corn as start-up crops on the BRV. We are also grateful to Action10 for her continuous support in helping IDEFOCS achieve some of her many goals. As we move forward with the BRV, we anticipate more support to help manage the farm regularly as stated in the BRV Work plan.
Funding to hire work force to weed the field
Funding to put fence around the crops to protect from wildlife
Liberia project update (Ebola Final Report & Phase I Reintegration Center)
By Staci Pauly - Action10 Manager of Sustainable Economy
In our last report, we shared with you the Ebola project that was necessary even before we made preparations to build a re-integration center for the former child soldiers of Liberia. These former child soldiers were the most vulnerable due to the conditions of their living. We are happy to tell you the Ebola project was completed successfully!
Ebola Campaign Impact:
There was tremendous output from 10 different communities at the campaign exercise. They were eager to understand how they could help fight the Ebola pandemic themselves. Concrete education and prevention on the virus were provided to the communities. They were all happy to receive such education and physical illustration on the origin and danger of Ebola. Each community was given a bucket/barrel, chlorines, and soap as practical means of fighting the Ebola virus. Each member of the community also became an educator in promoting safety measures on the Ebola pandemic in their various homes.
Please see attachment for full report.
Reintegration Center Update
Now that the Ebola pandemic is under control, our full focus is on the Reintegration Center. The first part of the project is to prepare the farmland which will help rehabilitate the soldiers and help make the center able to support itself. In the past two weeks, local workers from Little Bassa provided the brushing and tree felling services. Now the land is ready from burning and clearing (which is scheduled in February). As we receive more donations we will be able to continue with the next part of the project.
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