West Point Women for Health and Development Org.

To tackle the many problems facing the West Point community. We aim to improve the livelihood for our people in the West Point community by bringing our Health and Sanitation System to international standard, reducing the cases of Gender Based Violence, providing Adult Literacy programs, reducing teenage pregnancy and prostitution, and providing temporary care for lost and abandoned children.
Feb 13, 2017

WPW REPORT FOR THE PERIOD: Nov. 2016- Jan. 2017

This report touches on the past Ebola project as well as the Vulnerable Girls Assistance Project.

During the past year January 2016 WPWHDO received funding from Globalgiving to help support WPW psychosocial support to Ebola victims’ family members undergoing trauma from the loss of their love ones who succumb to the virus. This project was fully implemented with most of the victims’ families transitioning from trauma to full recovery, some of them have left West Point to other counties and communities around Monrovia. Sometimes we follow-up on their progress finding out how they’re doing, some of them will tell us that they’ve moved on and trying to put their lives back together after the fear of the Ebola in Liberia.

 

The counsellors carried out psychosocial counseling in 2015 and in 2016 and were given stipend from the fund received from GlobalGiving for work done in these two years. The counsellors used to go into the field twice a week while the victims’ family members and orphans would come visiting at the Women’s Center for help with their children school fees and materials for daily needs.

 

WPWHDO closed the Ebola Response project due to the pronouncement by the Government of Liberia declaring the country Ebola even though there were works to be done after Liberia became Ebola free. These were some of the work WPWHDO was doing making sure Ebola victims’ family get the supports they needed to face life.

 

The Assist Vulnerable Girls Educational project is still awaiting support to help those vulnerable little girls in the West Point community of Liberia to go to school, these little girls can be seen in the community during school hours though the government has declared a free and compulsory education but this only effects public schools and there aren’t many public schools in and around Monrovia even there is only one public elementary school in West Point. There is More Than Me School established to help vulnerable girls from West Point to access quality education but cannot accommodate the number of small girls still roaming in the community of West Point. West Point Women is still helping few girls enter school but we have one who is our sole responsibility to care for, an Ebola victim’s daughter. We’re doing everything possible to make sure her welfare is secured.

 

We are still appealing to our kind donors out there to help support this Assist Vulnerable Girls in West Point, Liberia in order for us to help some of these girls who’re roaming about in the community to access schooling too. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you our donors helping to support our works in West Point, Liberia.

Oct 28, 2016

West Point Women Failure Forward Report

West Women discussing issues effecting them
West Women discussing issues effecting them

PROBLEM

When West Point Women first started with project implementation, we had 95% illiterate women in the organization. WPW was faced with the challenge of report making to donors and partners due to lack of capacity issue; no trained report maker, someone to collect data in the field, we were always behind ttime in reports and every other thing to make a non profit to function very well. Most of the women after working very hard on GBV and mediation cases, didn’t know how to capture their works in written communication but rather came to the office and give reports by word of mouth. All of the members of the WPW didn’t know how to use the banking system but kept monies they make from their little sale in their homes where rogues and some family members and friends will take advantage of to steal from them, taking away all the monies thet make from their petty business, thus making them start all over again which became a burden for most women and their children, some couldn’t take it anymore but decided to forget about selling and sit at home doing nothing, which led to spousal beating at the same time depriving them of their right to movement, most of these women became depressed and it became a problem for the organization.

WPW didn’t have the capacity to write proposal and make reports for several years due to the high illiteracy rate among the women in West Point, So what we did was sit and decide on what to do, we decided to start a night adult literacy school, a school that will help the women learn to read and write and also use the banking system. We also asked some young educated women living in other communities to volunteer with our organization, we asked other women led organization to help with equipments and asked philanthropists who were guest of the Liberia Philanthropist Secretariat visited our center to help us with equipment as well. From the Philanthropist Secretariat a lady name Jennah Scott introduced us to Globalgiving.org and help WPW to post our first Due Diligence, go on the dashboard and how to navigate the website on GlobalGiving within that time, GlobalGiving started fundraising for WPW.

When we did this, we had some people who responded; one philanthropist by the name of Glen Galach responded by buying us a brand new laptop computer, a young college woman named Beatrice Kaba from a far away community name Paynesville started volunteering and continue with us for a year, with fund raised from the GlobalGiving website, we were able buy a desktop computer and printer. We later on received a printer and internet modem from the Women’s NGOs Secretariat but what was there was capacity training issue, who to really do the work, how to go about it, how can we capture what we’re doing for others and how can we make known our works.

We talked to a consultant to help us develop a proposal for the literacy class teachers to get pay while at the same time provide electricity for the night school. We had an international women organization named Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation that visited at our center see what we were doing and we asked if they can help support our adult literacy initiative, they agreed and the proposal was developed, we send it to the international organization who give us funding for the short period of the year and later continue funding 2 of WPW major thematic areas; the empowerment and mediation component in our thematic areas of work. This organization had help to build WPW capacity to where it is today even though we still need more capacity building for our staffs and the women because we have people coming and going.

FORWARD:

Through the many struggles and appeal for capacity, we now have office staffs that can do more work then ever before; we have a Project Coordinator, a Program Officer, Finance Officer, a GBV & Mediation Case Recorder, 2 Securities to guard WPW property and a Cleaner to clean our building as well. Some of the women can read and write and even help with collecting data in the field, most of the women who attends the literacy classes and members of the organization are using the banking system, no more allowing unscrupulous people to steal their monies in their houses again.

WPW is now running projects even though our capacity is not develop to that extent but we’re somewhere that we can boast of when it come to projects implementations and reporting.WPW have decided to be on time with donors reports and to carryout activities intended for the projects, we have that commitment to use the fund on what it is intended for no matter what the circumstances.

Our many THANKS to all of our donors and all of those who’ve help to bring us where we are right now and to all of the would-be donors who love to help us help humanity most especially the people living in the slum community of West Point. And to GlobalGiving, we extend our heartfelt THANKS too for fundraising for the West Point Women in Liberia. Because of the commitment of our donors out there we were able to kick Ebola out of West Point and Liberia through your kind donations form GlobalGiving.

Some office staffs of West Point Women
Some office staffs of West Point Women
Aug 1, 2016

2nd Report for Assist Vulnerable Girls July 2016

Chelsea Queen holds her certificate
Chelsea Queen holds her certificate

WPWHDO started the process of vetting some vulnerable school going age girls, the next thing we did was to pick out the most vulnerable, those that we could work with first looking at funding issues. WPW was able to identify the first 10 to be recruited for the educational assistance. Our intention is to start with those in the beginner’s class to help them start kindergarten up to grade level. Those identified will be on our active list that whenever we get some funding, we can have them put in school bit by bit. The age of these girls ranges from 6-10 years old living in West Point. 

Our ardent hope is to raise some fund for this project before September 1st, 2016 in order to help these 10 girls get in school first, at least these are girls in the beginner class we can get started with for now because looking at the project funding goal, we haven’t gone anywhere with respect to helping all 30 girls so far. Therefore 10 girls can start in the beginner’s class and then, we can continue with the rest of the girls who we’ve identified.

A girl name Beatrice commonly called “Chelsea Queen” one of the Ebola orphans living with WPW graduated from the kindergarten class on the 4th of July 2016. The graduation was held with mix emotions, tears and joy. Tears because the girl lost both parents and weren’t present for their daughter’s happy day, and joy because WPW was happy to help this beautiful little girl achieving her first milestone to literary education. Chelsea Queen came to live with the West Point Women for Health and Development Organization through the request and insistence of her dying father, he told the Ebola case finder two days before his death, that he never wanted his daughter to live with any of his relatives but should be taken to the Women Center to live with the Women’s Organization. The case finder called in the police to ascertain the facts if they could be witness to the dying man’s wish and the girl’s father said the same thing to the police who in turn brought the crying girl to the Women’s Center. This is when we started caring for this little girl, sending her to school as well and on this day in July, she was able to make us proud by graduating from kindergarten to the 1st grade. Chelsea Queen is among those girls to benefit from this project fund.

With the fund received from GlobalGiving in January 2016 for help to our psychosocial works in West Point, we were able to help carryout counseling and little support to few of the Ebola orphans. Right now as we speak, there are two small boys from the same parents who lost both parents to Ebola have become our sole responsibility to support. Both children are brought to us by their caretaker for counseling and other support like clothing and small financial assistance to help for their feeding. The caretaker two weeks ago said she is unable to take care of these boys anymore, she isn’t in the position to support them due to family problem facing her right now.  WPW plans to help send these little guys to school come this September 2016 during the beginning of the school year.

There is so much to be done here with respect to help improving the lives of people living in this slum community of West Point in Liberia. We’re still asking our good donors out there to kindly continue their donations to help us help humanity through the works we continue to do here in West Point, whether we like it or not, we find ourselves doing what are doing because many look up to as for guidance and assistance. At times they come knocking at our doors to do things outside the scope of our works but we have to help them anyway.

To all of our kind donors out there who believe in helping our programs we extend our gratitude saying                  THANKS SO MUCH for your help to the West Point Women and to all of our beneficiaries.

In case you wish to contact WPW directly, the email addresses and phone number for the West Point Women are: westpointwomen@hotmail.com & nellyslebocoop@hotmail.com

Phone # +231-777-809-353

Chelsea Queen when she first came to us
Chelsea Queen when she first came to us
The two boys, their caretaker & foster sister
The two boys, their caretaker & foster sister
 
   

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