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Jul 30, 2019

PROJECT REPORT - May-July 2019

INTRODUCTION: 

This update is a highlight of recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (May-July 2019). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties in Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between GlobalGiving and the Learning Squared -Liberia for the implementation of the project.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH:

2.1 Globalgiving Foundation Field Traveler, Visits Learning Squared Liberia Country office

2.2. Completion of activities for 2018-2019 school year

3.0 ACHIEVEMENTS/ IMPACTS OF THE PROJECT FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Globalgiving Foundation Field Traveler, Visits Learning Squared Liberia Country office

Learning Squared, formerly IDA-Liberia was excited to receive Globalgiving Foundation’s Field Traveler, Dalila Sumani, from the United States of America in its offices in Monrovia. This visit comes as part of the partnership agreement between GlobalGiving Foundation and Learning Squared Liberia. 

The purpose of the visit was to provide our partner the opportunity to monitor project activities, speak with some beneficiaries, and understand the level of impact support from Globalgiving and other donors support have made on the lives of ordinary Liberians, especially women and children through our intervention. The visit will also provide the opportunity to Globalgiving Field Traveler to interact and monitor ongoing projects implemented by Learning Squared in Liberia

Sumani’s visit provided the opportunity to meet staff of Leaning Squared, share experiences, lesson learned, challenges and impacts of Learning Squared Liberia. Making a brief remark at the office Mr. Alvin M. Freeman, Program Manager, welcomed Globalgiving in Liberia and expressed the organization’s unflinching support and commitment to work with her while in Liberia. 

Making a brief remark, Sumani expressed thanks to Learning Squared team and praised them for the level of work done in the County and Liberia as a whole.  She thanked and encouraged team to keep up the good work and continue to work in the interest of the beneficiaries. She further urged beneficiaries to take Learning Squared Liberia project activities under the support to education and village loan saving projects serious. As it will help provide alternative solutions to some of the challenges, they faced at the community level. 

Completion of activities for 2018-2019 school year

Learning Squared Liberia successfully completed its 2018-2019 scholarship program in Liberia.  The organization partnered with 11 schools in 5 counties in Liberia. Over 231 students received scholarship assistance, including direct support in the form of tuition payment, notebooks and distribution of assorted books, and learning materials to students. The 2018-2019 school year was full of lesson learned, challenges, impact and success stories.  The overall percentage of enrollment according to school administrators and management teams were overwhelming. This was due to support and the willingness of the schools and communities to support the project.

4.0 Constraints:

During the months under review, there were few challenges that we encountered. Transportation and accessibility of rural and remote areas. This is a serious challenge to our work, we had to allocate extra funds to make sure our team travel to project sites. Our team had to used bikes and some instances walk miles to get to our beneficiaries.   

 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. As the team continued to support our beneficiaries. Learning Squared-Liberia is appealing to supporters and donors for more support as the increasing demand for support to rural children education in Liberia is increasingly alarming


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May 6, 2019

PROJECT UPDATE/ REPORT - FEB-May 2019

      LIBERIA PROJECT UPDATE: REVOLVING LOAN TO EMPOWER RURAL WOMEN IN LIBERIA Project - #(#38278)
                 DATE: May 5, 2019 LOCATION: MARGIBI COUNTY, MONROVIA,
               LIBERIA Prepared By: IDA-Liberia Phone: +231(0)886828014 +231(0)776828014
                             Email: info@ida-lib.org Website: www.ida-lib.org

 1.0 INTRODUCTION: This update is a highlight of recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned project covering the months under review (FEBRUARY-MARCH 2019). Activities were held in Margibi County in Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between GlobalGiving and the Initiative for Democratic Alternatives (IDA)Liberia for the implementation of the project.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTHS:

2.1 Organized community mobilization and project awareness sessions

2.2. Selection of female heads of household for the pilot project

2.3 Organized orientation sessions with beneficiaries 2.4 Identified projects for beneficiaries

3.0 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW: Community mobilization and project awareness sessions: 3 community awareness sessions were organized by our project team in Minor and Effa Communities during the months under review. Bringing together over 60 female heads of households from the 2 project communities in Margibi County. The programs were aimed at providing more information to the beneficiaries, community members and provide detailed information about the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the project area.

Selection of female heads of household for the pilot project: As a way of sustainability, IDA-Liberia will empower female heads of household whose children or child are on our scholarship program; this will enable their children to continue their education in the absence of IDA- Liberia support. The selection process was based on several factors and or requirements, established by our team and the community. Participants must be a female head of household and a resident in one of the project communities. Female head of household whose child or children are benefitting from our 2019 scholarship program and are currently involved with an income generating activity to support their families IDA-Liberia support will enhance their income generating activity by providing a small revolving loan to each participant. The total of 14 women from the Minor community were selected for the pilot phase of the project.

Organized orientation session with beneficiaries and leaders: An orientation session was held in Minor community bringing together participants , community leaders, members of the Ministry of Education in the county and other local authorities.

The session brought together over 60 participants from different sectors of the community, and county. The session was chaired by IDA Liberia Program Manager, Alvin Freeman and Program Assistant ,Jennis Rue . Making a brief statement, the Program Assistant , Jennis Rue stressed the significance of the project to the community and IDA-Liberia plans to promote best gender practices in the project area , “IDA-Liberia is convinced that working with rural women and empowering them will helps to promote gender equality and promote women’s empowerment at the family and community levels”. Miss Rue noted.

 Identified projects for beneficiaries: Participants and IDA-Liberia agreed on two projects that would help increased their income generating activities within the next six - twelve months and be able to sustain their children in schools after IDA-Liberia shall have left. Agriculture and petty trade, which are the most income generating activities in the project community . Most of the heads of household identified are 75-85% involved with agriculture and petty trade within their communities. The amount of $100- 150 USD will be given to each participant to begin their project which will be payback within the period of 6-12 months.

4.0 Constraints: There were few challenges that the project team encountered during the period under review. Increased in the number of female heads of household interested in the program and are calling on IDA-Liberia team to assist. IDA-Liberia is appealing to its donors and supporters to for more support to be able to reach out to as many female heads of household who are languishing in communities and need some help to improve their income generating activities . This will help to pinpoint the value added that women bring to supporting education and be able to take on the responsibility to support their families and children in 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. As the team continued to support our beneficiaries, IDA-Liberia will continue to reach out to out donors suppor


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Apr 30, 2019

PROJECT UPDATE-March-May 2019

       IDA-LIBERIA PROJECT UPDATE: SUPPORT RURAL GIRLS EDUCATION IN LIBERIA Project - #(#33068)
                                                                   DATE: April 30, 2019
           LOCATION: MONTSERRADO, CAPE MOUNT, BASSA, MARGIBI , BOMI COUNTIES, LIBERIA
                                                                Prepared By: IDA-Liberia
                                                 Phone: +231(0)886828014 +231(0)776828014
                                                                     Email: info@ida-lib.org
                                                                     Website: www.ida-lib.org

1.0 INTRODUCTION:
This update is a highlight of recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (February -May 2019). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties in Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between GlobalGiving and the Initiative for Democratic Alternatives (IDA)-Liberia for the implementation of the project.


2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH:
2.1 Completion of tuition payment 2019
2.2. Monitoring and follow up field visits
2.3 Book distribution to schools
2.4 Partnership and stakeholders’ meetings


3.0 ACHIEVEMENTS/ IMPACTS OF THE PROJECT FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Completion of tuition payment 2019

IDA Liberia is working in 5 counties and 11 schools in Liberia , under its Support to Girls Education Project in 2019. The project which is aimed at supporting the educational needs of students in rural Liberia; especially rural children who are faced with financial hardship in those communities. This project has up to 231 children benefiting from a full scholarship , stationery and other learning materials in 2019. This year project has a total of 128 girls and 103 boys.
Out of the 231 sponsored students . IDA-Liberia has made full payment of 80% tuition payment , meeting all our obligations with our partnered schools in 2019.

The remaining 20% will be made available before the second semester ends June 2019 and progress reports are also made available to our program team .


Monitoring and follow up field visit:

During the month under review, our project team visited 8 schools to monitored and follow up on students and hold discussions with school administrations . Between March 23- April 15, 2019. The team met with 120 students and 27 school administrators from the below listed schools.

• Jenneh Public School & Kingdom Builders Community School, Bomi County,
• Madina Public School & Konjah Public School, Sinjah, Grand Cape Mount County,
• Fred-Mart Community School and Lowerhardlanderville Community School in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County,
• Minor Community School and St. Eafa Community School in Kakata, Margibi County.


During the visit, our team also received progress report on each student , which was part of the requirement for acceptance on the program. The team also had 8 meetings with school administrations bringing together over 27 participants at various locations. The meeting was aimed at highlighting lesson learned, success stories and challenges of the program for 2019. IDA-Liberia will follow up with the Ministry of Education and other relevant authorities about some of the challenges and how to adequately address them as the sector responsible for education in Liberia at various partnership monthly educational sector meetings.

Progress report emanating from the schools showed students are doing excellent in schools, students’ participation in class lectures and discussions has increased to 45% as compared to the time we started at 20%. Students involvement in class activities have tremendously increased. This is due to fact that students are using the books that were donated by IDA-Liberia to do assignments and home work. Student dropped out has also significantly dropped this year according to the school administrators, which is all due to the support IDA-Liberia and its partners are providing. Attendance has also increased to 45 % as compared to last year, when schools in those communities had a very low rate of attendance.

Books distribution:

During the months under review, IDA-Liberia project team distributed 380 pieces of assorted elementary school books to 9 schools in Cape Mount, Bomi , Montserrado and Margibi counties, Liberia. IDA-Liberia team made the donation between March 15-April 15, 2019. The below listed schools received books , The remaining 2 schools will received their books in May.

• Konjah Public school- Grand Cape Mount County
• Madina Public school- Grand Cape Mount county
• Kingdom Builders community school –Bomi County
• Jenneh Public school –Bomi County
• Rebecca J. Wilson public school –Montserrado County
• St. Effa community school-Margibi County
• Minor Community School- Margibi County
• ROSODAN School System- Margibi County
• Harriette E. Barlay school system- Margibi County.


Partnership and stakeholders’ meetings:

During the months under review, IDA-Liberia project team participated in 7 partnership and stakeholder meetings. Those meetings brought together over 160 participants representing various institutions working in the same community on various programs. Participants and stakeholders are these meetings included, County and District Education authorities, policy makers and local and community leaders , International NGOs, and local NGOs representatives.
Partnership meetings are aimed at providing updates and progress reports on projects and activities to the line ministates and authorities. And to further strengthen networks and collaboration between, International NGOs, and local NGOs working on the same thematic issues .

These meetings provide organizations the opportunities to share lesson learned, and success stories about their projects and activities in the same community. IDA-Liberia Program Manager ,Alvin Freeman provided updates on our current projects and activities and shared some of the success stories from our program.


4.0 Constraints:

During the months under review ,there were few challenges that the project team encountered. Increased in the cost of transportation for local volunteers, due to the bad roads condition in rural Liberia and the high cost of living in those communities. Team members traveled by motorcycles to reach communities and schools in rural Liberia . The demand from more schools and families in the communities has increased . IDA-Liberia continued to received information from public school authorities in rural communities about low turnout of volunteer teachers in public schools. This is due to little or no incentives for Public school volunteer teachers from the central Government, or community. IDA-Liberia project team begin holding consultations with school authorities to encourage volunteer teachers to continue their services, as look out for other options during the next fiscal school year.


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. As the team continued to support our beneficiaries. IDA-Liberia is appealing to supporters and donors for more support as the increasing demand for support to rural children education in Liberia is alarming.


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