PTFP Youth Camp Participants @the Liberian Senate
Summer has come and gone and we are again rendered proud as we celebrate the successes of our Scholars benefitting from our African Girls Leadership Initiative (AGLI). This is because, several of our students are expected to complete High School and attain undergraduate degrees in different field of studies. We have new students recruited into AGLI, while six of our beneficiaries are serving as interns with us. GPFA also carried out programs under our Leadership track this summer, such as our Peace Through Fair Play Youth Camp, which was conducted in three counties. We are now in preparation mode for our last quarter of the year, starting with the hosting of our 2nd Annual Ambassadors for Family Planning Training Workshop the second week of October, in Monrovia.
Our Beneficiaries are Graduating
We are so very excited to share that the month if September saw us graduate one of our first rural recruited beneficiaries. Wanita came to us in very low spirits feeling like her world had come to an end with no hope of ever being able to become someone who could be educated and gainfully employed. On September 26th, we saw her proudly march up to the podium of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. Considering the main goals of the AGLI which is to provide educational, financial, social and relevant opportunities to underprivileged females, especially, vulnerable women and girls across Liberia, Wanita’s success has brought us much happiness as she leaves University and breaks history in her family – being the first of her generation to attain such educational status. Additionally, four of our beneficiaries are expected to leave University this year: Patience and Nuwoe will both be acquiring individual Bachelor degrees in Biology in November, from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Carenether leaves the United Methodist University in December with a Bachelor in Public Administration, while Becky will be leaving the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University with a Bachelor in Accounting. The accomplishments of each of these students are no small feats and means a lot for us at GPFA, for their families, and most importantly for themselves. This is because, they are now empowered to continue on the pathway of being inspired to do great things in life.
Meet our Newly Recruited Students
In achieving the goals and mission of GPFA which is to empower disadvantaged and less fortunate women, girls and youths, every year GPFA recruits new beneficiaries into its AGLI program with approved funding allowance. This year, GPFA recruited seven new beneficiaries. Promise, Benson, Ruth and Emmanuel who have been enrolled at the Konola SDA Mission School in Margibi County; Faith and Sandra are enrolled in the United Methodist University in Monrovia, and Jenneh is now joining other GPFA beneficiaries at the Cuttington University in Bong County. The four Konola SDA Mission students are orphans whose parents died during the deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia.
Master Students: Ireland and Arkansas
Tennen, the lucky young woman who was vetted, shortlisted and won the Leymah Gbowee Scholarship at the prestigious Dublin City University, finally left for Ireland for her one year graduate study in International Security and Conflict Resolution at DCU. She came first out of a line-up of nine applicants in a rigorous, 3-tiered competitive selection process in June 2015. Tennen is excited to be at school and starting a new journey that will get her closer to her dream of becoming an expert in her career field. We now move away from continental Europe into the great land of the US, where our Master’s program senior Georgia has returned to the Clinton School of Public Service after a very busy summer internship served in Liberia. Georgia who will be graduating in the summer of 2016 spent her time working with us and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Liberia. She carried out an Impact Survey for MOYS and served as GPFA’s Camp Coordinator for this year’s PTFP Youth Camp. She did a wonderful job. To see her bloom and appreciate her education and the doors being opened to her, personifies the reason why we invest in scholars such as herself.
GPFA Beneficiaries on Internship at the Foundation’s Head Office
Over the years, we've realized that to grow the mind of our scholars, we need them to be able to practicalize the theories that they are learning in the classroom. As such, we have opened up spaces at the Foundation to accommodate six of our beneficiaries to intern with us at our Headquarters. Stiffinnie and Ma- Hawa of the University of Liberia – who are supporting the Finance and Administrative Departments individually; Becky of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University who’s supporting the Finance Department, and Prince and Helen of the Cuttington University who are supporting Programs and Admin Departments. These Student-Interns are giving back to the community through a Semester-long GPFA internship program – one that is normally carried out over the summer months only. . Every year, GPFA ensures that all of its beneficiaries serve as interns with various partners, but this year, we decided to extend the opportunity as we feel that by doing this, GPFA gives these students access to practical working experiences.
GPFA Hosts its’ 4th Annual Gathering of the Scholars
On July 8, 2015 we held our 4th Annual Scholars Gathering at Terra Cotta Restaurant in Congo Town, Montserrado County. This year’s Annual Gathering brought together 23 of our scholars from various Universities, Colleges and High schools in Montserrado, Bong and Nimba Counties under the African Girls Leadership Initiative (AGLI). We also had our international scholar from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Policy in-country and she also attended the gathering. The Annual Gathering is one of the ways in which we allow our AGLI beneficiaries to understand the importance of that particular Initiative. It is also an opportunity for them to interact with each other and most importantly, with our President and Founder, Nobel Laureate Leymah R. Gbowee. The gathering also serves as an opportunity for GPFA to formulate new ideas for development and progress for our flagstaff program, while providing a platform for us to directly understand some of the difficulties faced by our scholars during the period of studies.
Our 2nd Annual PEACE THROUGH FAIR PLAY (PTFP) Youth Camp
We hosted our 2nd Annual Peace Through Fair Play (PTFP) Youth Camp and it brought together 37 boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 16 years from diverse background. It was conducted in Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi Counties over a period of four days. The premise of the camp is to give opportunity to young people to understand the Liberian Civil Conflict and, to discuss Peacemaking in the context of said conflict. This year’s Youth Camp provided a sensitization framework to increase awareness among camp participants on their roles and responsibilities in promoting respect for person, and law and order as a basis for responsible citizenship and peaceful social interactions. The camps agenda included a career day, learning about peacemaking from real-life activists, a Farm excursion to learn about farming, our culture and traditional values and a visit to the three branches of Government. The children met with Representatives and Senators of the Liberian Legislature, the Chief Justice and his Associate Justices of the Liberian Judiciary and were able to see the Vice–President interact with visitors in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. As always, Madam Gbowee herself served as Camp Director with ensured the Camp’s objective of promoting respect, integrity and accountability as a basis for fostering peace among youths in Liberia.
As we move into the last quarter of the year, we just want to extend heartfelt appreciations on behalf of ourselves and our beneficiaries, to all of YOU - our considerate donors and partners in progress. Our success depends on your many contributions to the work that we do here at GPFA. Through your donations, you have helped change the lives of many a disadvantaged and less fortunate person, via the programs we run, supported by your benevolence. Please feel free to definitely share with us your thoughts and ideas on ways you feel we can enhance our work to further benefit those in need. We look forward to a continued partnership as we all strive to do what our motto states: Empower to Inspire!
PTFP Youth Camp Prepping!With Leymah & Nurse Naomi
Boarding Scholars get taken to Campus
Career Day + Camp Finale at the Monrovia City Hall
GPFA Interns Becky,Helen,Prince,MaHawa & Stiffinie
Graduate Wanita & our prospective 2015 Graduates