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Nov 8, 2018


                                          IDA-LIBERIA PROJECT UPDATE: SEPTEMBER -OCTOBER 2018

                                    SUPPORT 50 RURAL GIRLS IN SCHOOL IN LIBERIA Project - #(#33068)

1.0       INTRODUCTION: 

This update is a highlight of recent activities undertaking on the above Project covering the month under review (September -October 2018.) held in Monrovia, Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between GlobalGiving and IDA-Liberia for the implementation of the above-mentioned project:


2.1 Application and eligibility package distributed to selected schools

2.2. Staff training on Child Safeguarding Standards  

2.3 Meetings with policy makers, stakeholders and local authorities

2.4 Organized orientations sessions with proposed school administrations


The initiative for Democratic Alternatives IDA-Liberia Project Team, distributed over 125 application and eligibility packages to five selected schools in Liberia. Proposed schools included; Golodee Public School, Rebecca J. Wilson Elementary School, ROSODAN School System, Harriet E. Bailey Memorial United Methodist High School and Kpanay Town Public School. These schools are in five counties in Liberia namely; Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and Capemount. The aim of this exercise was to provide adequate information to eligible and prospective students who would like to benefit from the 2018-2019 scholarship tagged “Enroll and Stay in School”

Information provided to the various schools included; guidelines for acceptance into the program, rules and regulation of participating schools, obligations of school administration, application form, eligibility and responsibilities of students.  A total of twenty-five packages were distributed to each school.

IDA-Liberia management team also decided to organize a two days staff capacity development training. The training will be focused on enhancing the skills and capacities of staff and project team about the significance of child safeguarding standards. The training will be aimed at developing project implementation documents on monitoring and evaluation and other policies and regulations that will helped in adequately undertaking the project.

Under the period in review. IDA-Liberia project team also organized five meetings and awareness sessions with policy makers, local leaders and community leaders in the project areas.  The meetings and awareness sessions brought together over 45 policy makers and leaders to provide update on our program and provide a framework for our work in those respective counties. Policy makers and local leaders expressed willingness to work with IDA-Liberia project team. The participants expressed commitment to support education and children education in Liberia. IDA-Liberia team provided an overview about the 2018-2019 scholarship program,  detail expectations of the policy makers and leaders.

During the period in review. Our project team also organized five orientation sessions with the proposed school administrations. The meeting was organized to provide a detail information about the implementation of the program. The expectations and duties of each school.  What will be included in the MOU and seek to understand some of the issues rural school administrations are faced with. School administrators and teachers expressed willingness to work with IDA-Liberia in improving the children’s education in Liberia.

4.0 Constraints:

Having experience implementation of project activities, there was no major constraint for the project activities in Liberia.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion:

 Thanks, and appreciation to our supporters, GlobalGiving and our project staff for the level of commitment shown for the successful implementation of the activities during the month in review. As the team continued to work with beneficiaries and local communities IDA-Liberia is beginning to receive numerous calls and appeal from the other communities to extend the project to their cities and communties

Aug 10, 2018


                                                                       FINAL REPORT
                                                       Covering period January – June 2018
This report highlights activities undertaking on the above Project covering the period under review (January -June 2018.) held in Margibi County, Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between Global Giving and IDA-Liberia for the implementation of the above-mentioned project: The project was implemented in district #2 Shuffling community, lower Margibi County, in partnership with the ROSODAN School System in Liberia
The project which was aimed at intervening within the educational sector by creating awareness and support to sponsor 25 rural girls and boys in school between the ages of 8-12 years for a year. By awarding them full and partial tuition fees payment. We hosted over ten interactive sessions with sponsored students, including study sessions to help with homework, and monitoring the progress of students, distributed over 15 dozen of learning materials, note books, pen and pencils for all 17 students throughout the school year in 2017 and paid in full tuition for all 17 students.

We are glad to report that all 17 of our beneficiaries made outstanding successes during the school year and were promoted.
ROSODAN school administration, parents and students showed increased willingness and interest in the project and fully participated and supported project activities at all levels. From the project activities, achievements and outcome reported above it can be seen that the first six months of the project intervention within one school in Liberia laid a firm foundation for grounding the support for girl’s education in Liberia.
The stage is now set after the pilot phase and subsequent implementation of the project. If provided another opportunity IDA-Liberia will be in the position to impact positive changes and provide more rural girls opportunities to further their education and achieve their dreams.

During the past six months of intervention in the school, we received appraisal from every sector of the community relating to the project: and appeal to continue to increase our support as many students are far from reaching their full potential because of financial hardship.

With the achievements and outcomes of the project already realized in the first six months. A firm foundation has been laid whereby the work of promoting support to girl’s education can be boosted. It would be only prudent to now build upon the foundation laid, and replicate the experiences already gained.

Today we are launching a campaign to have students in rural communities in Liberia “ENROLL AND STAY IN SCHOOL”. This campaign is aimed at assisting other children who are disadvantaged and underprivileged the opportunity go to school. Our goal for 2018-2019 school year is to increase our scholarship beneficiaries to 200 students from six counties. And you can truly make this possible!! You have always been a valuable part of our campaign to provide hope and future to underprivileged students.

Finally, on behalf of the students, parents and school administration in the name of the management and staff of Initiative for Democratic Alternatives-IDA-Liberia. We extend special thanks to Global Giving US, for the valuable contribution they made through their platform, to help raise awareness for support to girl’s education in local communities in Liberia. Thank you so much for the support you continue to give to our education project in Liberia. Your hearts, hands and voices have touched so many underprivileged girls and provided hope for their future. Your donation continues to make a significant difference and because of you, underprivileged students in Liberia can achieve their dreams of a better life.

Thanks to all.
Prepared by:
Anthony S. Kolaco Sr. President & Project Leader, IDA-Liberia

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