Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK)

Mission: THINK exists to demonstrate genuine "kindness" to the poor in Liberia, especially women and children, by providing services and programs that would empower them to transform their lives, become self-sustainable citizens who will contribute to their communities.
Nov 7, 2016

Advancing the Rights of Adolescent Girls Project

THINK, as an implementing partner of UN Women, has just started a short-term, 4 months with the UN/Government Of Liberia Joint Programme on Adolescent Girls (JPAG) in Montserrado, Margibi and Gbarpolu Counties. This term is the third phase of the project helping adolescent girls to know their rights, participate in basic literacy, acquire business skills, life skills, learn about HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Gender Based Violence prevention and response and interact with each other using sports, music and drama. 

  • 450 adolescent girls and young women mobilized and recruited from 6 communities: Bensonville 100, Careysburg 100, Totoquellie 100, Soul Clinic 50, Gaza 50 and Wroh 50.
  • The girls enrolled for the project with 51 interested in Business Development Skills and 49 in need of Literacy &Numeracy. Totoquellie, 100: Business Development Skills 50 and Literacy &Numeracy 50 
  • Soul Clinic, 50: Business Development Skills 30 and Literacy &Numeracy 20 
  • Gaza, 50: Business Development Skills 25 and Literacy& Numeracy 25 
  • Wroh, 50: Business Development Skills 25 and Literacy & Numeracy Training 25
Oct 26, 2016

Let Girls Learn

October 2016

  • Six visually impaired students receive lap top computers from donations made possible by the Global Neighborhood Fund and the Santa Barbara Foundation. A School in Boston heard of the drive to get computers for Liberian students and donated 30 lap top computers to THINK for students and for THINK to start a computer literacy program.
  • Global Fund For Children paid a field visit to THINK this quarter.
  • International Day of the Girl Child 2016 Celebrated in a Special Way

In June 2016, 23 girls were selected from Public Schools that had Peace Corps teachers, the Advancing Youth Program of USAID, girls from Gbalatua Mission School, Bromley Mission School and Ricks Institute, and Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK), Inc. These girls had the opportunity to hold a Round Table Discussion with the American First Lady and tell her their stories personally. A Documentary was made of the daily lives of 5 of the girls, one of whom is from the UN Women/THINK Adolescent Girls Project of the JPAG in Bentol City, in the person of Janet Jackson, 17 years old of the Frank A Tolbert Jr.& Sr. High School. The other two girls are: Joletha Joe, 17 years old, also of the Frank A. Tolbert Jr. & Sr. High School and President of the Adolescent Girls group in Bentol and Alice N. Mulbah 19 years old, of the LEELA Girls Drop-In Center and THINK Rehabilitation and Empowerment Home.

The girls were briefed and prepared for the Round Table Discussion by Journalist, Isha Sesay of CNN and Freda Pinto moderated the session with the First Lady. For some of the girls, it was their first time riding an elevator at the Peace Corps headquarters. 

As if that was not enough for an experience of a lifetime, we were notified by the Public Diplomacy Officer at the US Embassy, Monrovia, that Mrs. Obama invited the girls she met and who participated in the documentary to attend the Premier of the documentary, “We Will Rise”, at the White House in Washington, DC on October 11, 2016 “The International Day of the Girl Child 2016”. The 23 girls from Morocco and 23 girls from Liberia spent one week in Washington, DC as guests of Mrs. Obama. 

All travel arrangements and travel documents were prepared and the girls passed their visa interviews on Friday, September 16, 2016. They left Liberia on October 7, 2016 and return on October 14, 2016.

 

The THINK Safe Homes received 25 children this quarter

 

We take this time to thank all of you, our faithful donors, partners and supporters!!!

 

Jul 25, 2016

Michelle Obama surprise visit

THINK girls with CNN team
THINK girls with CNN team

On June 27, 2016, Mrs. Michelle Obama, her mother and two daughters visited Liberia and had a Round Table discussion with 20 adolescent girls, 3 of whom were from THINK. The rest of the 17 girls came from USAID and Peace Corps projects as well as girls from two boarding schools.

The girls talked about challenges they face in being able to go to school and growing up in a developing country in sub-Sahara Africa. They are challenged with harmful traditional practices such as early marriage, teenage pregnancy and Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Some of them engage in transactional sex in order to raise money to support themselves in school.

The girls shared their dreams are and hopes of having more girls getting the opportunity to attend school under the “Let Girls Learn Project” that Mrs. Obama initiated. The girls also thanked the Peace Corps for coming to Liberia to help them with lessons especially in Math that they find difficult to understand.

The Peace Corps in Liberia have been very instrumental in helping girls with tutorial classes at various rural schools and Advancing Youth Program sites implemented by United States Agency For International Development (USAID). CNN journalists are developing a documentary of the stories of 5 of the girls. The documentary will come out in the near future.    

 
   

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