Jan 6, 2021

NO COMPLACENCY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID 19

Awareness Raising
Awareness Raising

A common adage in our local tradition says, " a child who says the mother will not sleep let that child also know that they will not sleep. This means to say as long as COVID 19 remains stubborn, we will not get tired.

It is against that traditional philosophy that we continue to battle COVID even as it takes an uphill trend. During the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia recapitulated its effort in providing education and awareness among local people many of whom still believe that COVID 19 is a myth. We conducted awareness in 12 communities showcasing the realness of COVID and the danger it poses to mankind and humanity. We told participants that the fight against COVID 19 is not an optional choice that anyone can make. Instead, it is a must that everyone should believe in and take the necessary precaution and prevention in eradicating it from the earth. It does not matter where one lives. It is a global battle and can only be defeated through a collective effort and unwavering bullets.

Through our awareness, we were able to break barriers and misconceptions that continually hinder the eradication of COVID 19, making it subversive. A 62 years elder quotes, "why if you have not come from your comfort zone to reach in this jungle with awareness messages, what would happen to us? What would happen to our young generation? We want to be grateful to you and your donors for saving our lives from this deadly disease"unquote.

As a result of our intervention, rural community dwellers have transitioned from being reactive to becoming proactive. They are now washing their hands regularly. They have stopped shaking hands and unnecessary touch, practicing social distancing, and observing signs and symptoms of COVID 19. These various steps have helped reduce the number of cases reported in the region during the period under review.

In the word of one of our donors, quote, " I have no regret of donating to your project to fight COVID 19. I wouldn't have spent my money any better way than this by helping to save lives in a distance that is many miles away from me. COVID generated from several miles away, and no one ever thought it would reach this far. With this assumption, I believe that the best way to eradicate COVID 19 is to attack it in the same many miles away from me. I call this the law of replication. I am pleased to be a benefactor of your project".

As we move forward in the months ahead, we will double and extend our efforts to hard to reach so that the message of collective engagement can continue.

All these can be possible if we, as service providers, remain honest, sincere, committed, and accountable to the community we serve. These attributes will help us to overcome COVID 19.

Nov 11, 2020

Camp for Peace Liberia graduates 23 youths

Female graduates in a joyous move
Female graduates in a joyous move

During the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia graduated 23 students from its 9th vocational training program and 3rd agriculture cohort in Salayea, Lofa County. The training started as far back as 2013, has trained over 500 youths with skills in various disciplines. The efforts of these graduates have contributed to Liberia's social, economic development. Of this 9th cyle and 3rd cohort, the training components included animal husbandry encompassing pig production, goat raising, poultry, fish ponds, cows, etc. Students were also trained in rice and vegetable production, palm nursery and management, cocoa nursery, etc.

The raising of animals and the production of crops and vegetables have proven to boost Liberia's food security and enhance the Liberian economy from dependency on sustainability.

Speaking in a joyous move, some of our graduates made these statements:

"I am overly grateful to Camp for Peace Liberia and the people who supported us to get this training. I came here with nothing, and I am going back to my community with something" - Ciarra

"How would my life be if I have not had the opportunity to learn how to plant crops, manage, and do value-added agribusiness? I am glad that I have to acquire the skills and knowledge to go with me for the rest of my life. I want to be grateful to Camp for Peace Liberia for imparting knowledge in me" - Ashe.

As a result of the accomplishment, some partners also congratulated and made comments, as indicated below.

"That's great news! You are raising both food and world leaders. Congratulations" - Ruth

" I wish I would have more dollars to give for this worthy cause. Your achievement has overwhelmed my aspiration, and will continue to connect others to donate to this worthy undertaking. Congratulations" - Julie

"Thank you for the great job you are doing, Camp for Peace. We will continue to support you" - Lois.

We want to take this time to thank all of our partners, students, teachers, and support staff of Camp for Peace for their tireless effort in making this project successful.

Group photo after graduation
Group photo after graduation
Raising duck on campus
Raising duck on campus
Taking tour on fishponds
Taking tour on fishponds
Palm Nursery
Palm Nursery
The road leading to Lofa
The road leading to Lofa

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Aug 9, 2020

Keeping the torch of camp through an online platform

Radio for distribution
Radio for distribution

During that period, we introduced an online platform where campers had the opportunity to share their experiences and memories about camp. They also invented new songs and plays that were shared through our platform. During the period, there were no physical activities due to the COVID 19. Still, campers stayed in touch with each other on the platform.

We also launched a radio program called "digital inclusion," where camp education was aired for campers. During these radio education programs, we stressed most on the importance of camp and how to get young people and kids engage to take camping seriously. Parents also had the opportunity to call in and express their commitment to camping as one of the fastest and easiest ways of transforming young people. They said kids are quick to learn from each other, and they become physically and mentally fit when they engage with each other and nature in an open space.

It is anticipated that enough resources will be mobilized to host over 500 young campers at the upcoming camp in December and January. It is even more critical at a time when every effort to eradicate or minimize the COVID 19 can work. The momentum is building, and campers are becoming excited about the coming camp. Many kids and young adults have expressed deep excitement that they cannot wait to get out. They want to re-engage nature, interact with friends, and play again after nearly nine months of staying home. We want to thank our partners and donors for supporting our camping programs.

 
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