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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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Feb 1, 2019

PROJECT UPDATE-NOVEMBER 2018-JANUARY 2019

 

 


          IDA-LIBERIA PROJECT UPDATE: SUPPORT RURAL GIRLS EDUCATION IN LIBERIA Project - #(#33068)

 


                                                                                 DATE: January 30, 2019

                                                                         LOCATION: MONROVIA, LIBERIA

Prepared By: IDA-Liberia
Phone: +231(0)886828014
+231(0)776828014
Email: info@ida-lib.org
Website: www.ida-lib.org


INTRODUCTION:


This update is a highlight of recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (November 2018-January 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 Signing of MOU and Child Safeguarding Standards policy with schools in five counties;
2.2. Commenced the payment of tuition and fees for 231 sponsored students;
2.3 Organized meetings with County and District Education authorities;
2.4 Organizing meetings with parents of sponsored students.


3. 0 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:
Program launch: Eleven programs were organized by the project team in different locations. The programs brought together over 100 participants and representatives from 11 schools in 5 counties in Liberia. The programs were aimed at providing update to schools and other partners about the project and signing of partnership agreements, including a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and the child safeguarding policy agreement.
Participants at the program came from across all sections of the community including; County and District Education authorities, parents, community and student leaders. Making a brief statement at the program on behalf of the organization. IDA—Liberia Consultant Alvin Freeman, stressed the significance of signing an MOU which will serve as a framework for implementing the project in 2019. 11 schools’ administrators signed the MOU and Child Safeguarding Standards policy agreement and received other relevant project documents.

The project team provided update on the scholarship program for 2019. The total number of beneficiaries for 2019 scholarship program is two hundred and thirty-one (231) primary school students. Between the ages of (8-16) (1st -6 Grades). (128 Female and 85 Male),( 6 Private schools and 5 Public) Students are from 11 schools in 5 counties in Liberia. During the project IDA-Liberia team also provided symbolic checks to schools representing the total amount of Liberian dollars that each school will be received for 2019 scholarship year.
Symbolic checks were presented to:
• 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.

School administrations, parents and community members lauded IDA-Liberia efforts for the initiative to support rural education in Liberia.


Scholarship disbursement: IDA-Liberia officially commenced the payment of tuition fees to schools to as a commitment to supporting rural education in Liberia.
Eight schools received their first payments, while three schools are in the process of setting up their bank accounts for the fund to be transferred. As part of the criteria for IDA-Liberia partnership agreement with the schools, schools are to have established bank accounts which would enable them to receive funds; for accountability and transparency purposes.
Staff and stakeholder training: On January 9-11, 2019, IDA-Liberia team conducted training for staff and other partners on child safeguarding standards. The training was aimed at enhancing the skills of staff and partners to better understand the project components and the significance of child safeguarding standards practices with the institutions and making sure other partners adhered to the policy.


Town hall meetings with community stakeholders: During the month under review, the project team also facilitated seven (7) town hall interactive sessions with County and District Education authorities, policy makers and local and community leaders in the project areas. The meetings were intended to provide policy makers and educational stakeholders with an overview of the project. They also sought to tease out what contributions local communities would make towards the project. At the end of the meetings, County and Districts Education authorities pledged their full support and commitment to the project and promised to work with IDA-Liberia project team to monitor schools and students. The meetings brought together over 30 participants and stakeholders from the project communities. As a way of contributing towards the project, County and District Education authorities agreed to work along with IDA-Liberia monitoring team in the schools to help monitor students’ performance in schools and encourage parents not to keep the children away from school for any reasons. They stressed the need for students to always be in schools as attendance was a hallmark to the success of the project.


IDA-Liberia team also met with parents and guidance of the beneficiaries. The aim was to provide parents with a brief overview of their responsibilities as parents during the implementation of the project. During the meetings, the team introduced another component of the project that was critical to the success of the project. The inclusion of an extra curricula activity that would require sponsored students to participate in two hours of community service every calendar school year. Parents and other stakeholders were excited about the inclusion of an extra activity that would train students the culture of volunteerism and giving back to community, since in fact, they were benefiting from such gesture. At the end of the meetings parents also made a recommendation to IDA-Liberia about the sustainability of the project.

Making a brief remark at the event, Madam Marcy Kamara a parent and member of the community expressed thanks to IDA-Liberia for the gesture and recommended to the team to facilitate the establishment of a community revolving loan scheme for venerable parents. Especially rural (women) whose children are benefiting from the program. She noted that with a small economic empowerment initiative for single mothers and widows, it would provide support for families to become self-supportive, self-reliant and be capable of providing their children’s needs (uniform, books, and shoes) in helping to alleviate some of the burden from IDA-Liberia. This will also help in terms of sustainability. She noted that most of the women are single mothers who are unemployed now and would be glad to enroll in such a program that will help keep their children in school.


4.0 Constraints:
Having experienced the implementation of project activities, there were few challenges that the project team encounter during to the period under review. Increased in the cost of transportation for our volunteers, due to the bad roads condition 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 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 continue to receive calls and appeal from other communities to extend the project to schools and counties. Rural women and survival of the Ebola epidemic whose children are benefiting from our scholarship program are appealing to IDA-Liberia to start up a small revolving loan scheme to support them,


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