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Jan 30, 2020

November 2019 -January 2020 REPORT

 

 

 

                                                   Learning Squared Liberia

            PROJECT Report:    Revolving Loan Support Rural Women in Liberia (38278).

 

 

 

 

                                                           DATE: January 29, 2020 

 

                    

                                                      LOCATION: MONROVIA, LIBERIA

 

 

 

 

Prepared By: LSL-Liberia
Phone: +231(0)886828014

              +231(0)776828014
Email: info@learningsquaredlib.org
Website: learningsquaredliberia.org

 

INTRODUCTION: 

This report covers recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the months under review (November 2019 –January 2020). The project ‘Revolving loan to Support rural Women in Liberia’ begin its pilot phase in Minor Community, Kakata. Margibi County, Liberia. This project which seeks to address some economic issues faced by single mothers in the community will train and support rural female family heads of household including strengthening and providing additional income generating opportunities for them. This report reflect loan payment and monitoring.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

2.1 Loan payment in Minor Community

2.2Project/ small business monitoring in Kakata

2.4 Women’s Meeting and additional training on small loan management 

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Loan payment:Loan payment in Minor community completed during the period under review, the total of 13 women in minor Community received the amount of $40.00 USD each for the establishment of small business that will empower them to continually keep their children in school. These 13 women are parents of the children that are presently on Learning Squared Liberia scholarship program in Margibi County. The total of $520.00 USD was given to these 13 rural women as a way of empowerment and a long term project for the advancement of their children’s education in the community. This amount will be paid back within the period of six months to the organization which will provide space and funding for additional women in the community to join the project.

The next phase payment will begin with women from the palm bush community also in Kakata city. These women are also single mothers of children on the scholarship program in the community. These women will also receive the amount of $40.00 each to start a small business or farm that will enable them provide school fees and uniform for their children at the end of the project. The total of 30 women are expected to benefit from this project from the two listed communities below:

  • Minor community, Kakata, Margibi Country, Liberia
  • Palm Bush community , Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia

 Project/ Small Business Monitoring: Learning Squared Liberia begin its monitoring on small businesses established by women from Minor Community in Kakata. Upon receipt of the first loan payment, beneficiaries begin the process of establishing a small business in the community. These women begin a small table market with rice, oil, and other cooking items in the community. Other women went back to the soil with the planting of cassava, eddoes & potatoes which will be ready for harvest in three months. During the monitoring process, the team also monitor and encourage women to save daily that will enable them to purchase new goods and payback the loan on the giving time.

Women’s Meeting and training: During the period under review women from both palmand minor communities attended a one day join meeting and training section in Kakata city, Margibi County. These women were able to bring out issues faced by the first group of women who receive their loan payment. The progress made and challenges were discuss with total of 27 women in attendance including three counties authorities and the program team from Learning Squared Liberia. This training which lasted for three hours provided women with additional information as regards to the project and it implementation. Other women who have begun engaging the soul express happiness for the loan project and said that it is a good way to begin their life again after a long time without business and products on the farms to plant and harvest.

4.0 Constraints:

There were few challenges that the project team encounter during the period under review, the lack of vehicle for the official use of the organization is leaving program staff to travel through public transport vehicle/motorbike which most times delay before reaching the project site.  

Also, the high demand for the implementation of the project in other communities is also a high challenge where other women that were not selected for the project is requesting to become a part. Lastly, language barrier is also a challenge as women in the community frequently communicate through their native language leaving the team speaking through an interpreter.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion: Thanks and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities and schools for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. Learning Squared Liberia remain open in working with all women in the community and Liberia at large.   


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Jan 27, 2020

November 2019 -January 2020 REPORT

 

                                                                 Learning Squared Liberia

                        PROJECT Report:   SUPPORT RURAL GIRLS EDUCATION IN LIBERIA (33068).

                                                               DATE: January 21, 2020

                                                           LOCATION: MONROVIA, LIBERIA

Prepared By: LSL-Liberia
Phone: +231(0)886828014

              +231(0)776828014
Email: info@learningsquaredlib.org
Website: learningsquaredliberia.org

 INTRODUCTION: 

This report covers recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (November 2019 –January 2020). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi, Bong and Montserrado counties in Liberia. This report reflects school monitoring of sponsored children and the selection one new school in Bong county, central Liberia.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

2.1 Monitoring of sponsored children at the various schools on academy activities;

2.2. Launch and distribution of 300 back packs to sponsored students;

2.3 Organized community and stakeholders meeting in Bong County;

2.4 Phase one payment of sponsored children tuition in Margibi County.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

School Monitoring:The Support to Rural Girls education project continue its second year of support to students in Margibi County through a regular monitoring at all school activities and students. Schools and students were visited at home and at the schools during the period under reviewed. Parents were encourage to always send their children to school on time and give them time to study their lessons after school, at the school, teachers and other school authorities were also encourage to provide a child friendly space for children to be able to learn with an open mind. Schools visited during the monitoring process included the below listed:

  • Jenneh Public School & Kingdom Builders Community School, Bomi County,
  • Madina Public School & Konjah Public School, Senjeh, Grand Cape Mount County,
  • Fred-Mart Community School and Lowerhardlanderville Community School in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County,
  • Minor Community School, Rosoden school system and St. Eafa Community School in Kakata, Margibi County.
  • Rebecca J. Wilson Public school in Montserrado County.

Distribution of 300 back pack: Learning Squared Liberia received a donation of 300 back packs and some children cloths for distribution to students in all five project counties. This process officially begin in all five counties with over 300 school going children  receiving back pack, used cloths, pens, pencil, and copy books at all 11 project schools in Liberia..

During the distributions, students receive free school supplies, interact with Learning Squared Liberia staff, volunteers and other partners in the field. This year’s school supplies distributions brought significant value in working with children of Liberia.  We envision every child having the best learning opportunities possible, beginning with the tools they need to succeed in school.

This distribution process which took place for two weeks in the country was supported by staff, volunteers and other partners of Learning Squared Liberia.  The total of three back packs were provided by sponsors in the USA through the effort of the president of the organization LSL.

The back pack distribution provided the underserved students with the supplies they need to succeed while in school. Learning Squared Liberia was able to supply over 200, 1- 6 grade students with backpacks.

Community & Stakeholders Meeting: Learning Squared Liberia facilitated three stakeholders meetings in Bong County our newly selected county. These meeting which included one community members meeting and two stakeholders meeting was well attended by the County Educational Officer CEO, District Educational Officer DEO and other policy makers in the county. During these meetings, Learning Squared Liberia provided full information on its Rural Girls Educational project and how to become a partner to the organization.

These meeting which was very interactive was facilitated by Learning Squared Liberia program team with support from other participants including stakeholder, question and answers were held and the acceptance of the project in the county were highly accepted by the citizens and stakeholders of the community

Phase one scholarship payment: Payment for the 2019/2020 school year begin with the total amount of USD $ 541.00 paid to 35 students in two schools in Margibi County, Liberia. These students are between the ages of 7-17 years and from the 1st to the 6th grade classes in St. Effa community school and the Manor community school located in Kakata, Margibi County.

These students are orphans and less fortunate children living in the communities, these payments represent the full tuition for the first academic semester of this new school year. These amount are presented to schools authorities through its bank account at the school’s account.

The Rural girls Educational project provides support to under privilege school going children living in the community, they also benefits from other school distributions in the county. 

4.0 Constraints:

There were few challenges that the project team encounter during the period under review, the lack of vehicle for the official use of the organization is leaving the staff constrain to travel through public vehicle/motorbike which most time delay before reaching the project site.  The high demand for the project implementation in the community is also a high challenge. The increased in schools tuition fees at all schools is a major challenge in the community leaving parents with no options but to keep their children away from school.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion: Thanks and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities and schools for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. Learning Squared Liberia is open in working with all children of Liberia, mostly the under privilege children in rural Liberia.  


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Oct 31, 2019

PROJECT REPORT - August- October 2019

 

INTRODUCTION: 

This update covers recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (August 2019 –October 2019). Activities were held in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia. This update reflects the beginning of the rural women’s loan project payment in Minor Community, Kakata, Margibi County.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH:

2.1 Signing of MoUs and other project documents;

2.2. Joint Meeting with both women’s group in Kakata City;

2.3 Organized meetings with DEO and community women on project related issues;

2.4 Women’s project payment phase one begins.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Signing of MoU & project documents: The women of both Palm Bush and Minor Communities completed the signing of MoUs and other project document that makes them fully involve with the loan project. These documents include the following; 1. Commitment Forms, this form is to ensure that all members of the group fully commit themselves to the loan payment and is witness by a reputable member of the community.2 The Bio-Data Form, this form is a complete self-information of each member of this group. 3. The child protection policy document and the MOU that both the women and Learning Squared Liberia signed. The total of 30 women are on the pilot  project.  17  women from Palm Bush community and 13 from  Minor community.

Joint Meeting: Learning Squared Liberia conducted 2 combine meetings with both palm bush and Minor communities, the purpose of the meeting was to explain the full intend of the loan project and payment plans. During these meetings, women of these communities were encouraged to take this project as their own and work hard to pay back the loan on time. Also, parents were informed that children benefiting from the project last year will also be a part of the scholarship program this year .

Stakeholders Meeting: During the period under review, Learning Squared Liberia facilitated five (3) town hall interactive sessions with County and District Education authorities, policy makers and local and community leaders in the project areas.The purpose of these meetings was to provide complete information to all stakeholders and policy makers on the loan project and payment plans.  

These meetings which brought together over 230 persons in the two project communities was very interactive open to all participants, question ask and participants spoke on other issues and promise to work in line with  Learning Squared Liberia loan and other policy.

Women’s Loan Project. Learning Squared Liberia begin loan payment to women of Kakata, Margibi County under the titled; Revolving Loan Support Rural Women in Liberia. This project which is aim at supporting rural female heads of household to strengthen and provide additional income generating opportunities for their family and community, which brought improvement in the quality of life of rural women whose children are benefiting from our educational program.  

The total of 30 women of Kakata city has begun receiving loan payment of ($50.00USD) as a way of sustaining themselves through improving their businesses and creating income to further sustains their children’s education.   Women of this community are involved cash crops production, and other agricultural activities. 

4.0 Constraints:

There were few challenges that the project team encounter during the period under review, Increased in the demand for the project to other communities and high cost of transportation for volunteers and staff, due to the bad roads condition during the rainy season in rural Liberia, Our team had to travel on motorcycles to get to communities and schools.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion: Thanks, and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local community for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. Learning Squared Liberia continue to receive calls and appeal from other communities for similar intervention.  Hope we can get more donations and contributions to increase the number of women on the program.


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