Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) enables community groups to provide basic services and health information to local constituencies. Our approach is to build local leadership in the communities they serve. The slow and uncoordinated response of the national government has sowed mistrust, panic and complacency. The history of Liberian politics is fraught with favoritism among political and ethnic lines, disengagement with poor and rural communities, and suspicion of government action and engagement. The current Ebola outbreak resurrects ongoing tensions as it highlights how the national government prioritizes or ignores communities in its fight to slow the outbreak. GPFA recognizes the gap between government actors and the communities it serves, and works to build local leadership and groups to foster greater trust and cooperation. We believe that the outbreak will end when actors at all levels--the national and district governments, community-based organizations and the health sector--work cooperatively to engage local communities.
The purpose of this report is to highlight a few beneficiaries who used grants to build local knowledge and quell fears. The legacy of this effort fosters trust and cooperation in local communities.
Messengers of Peace (Montserrado County) Minds Integrated into National Development (MIND) (Montserrado County) West Point Women for Health and Development Organization (Montserrado County) Community Action Network (CAN) (Montserrado County) New Kru Town Youth Association (Borough of New Kru Town - Montserrado County) Young Women of Substance (Montserrado County) Liberia National Youth Congress (LNYC - Montserrado County - Morris Farm Community Paynesville) Champion Intellectual Social and Civic Movement (CISCM - Montserrado County) Forum for Democracy and Civic Education (Montserrado County) Liberia Youth Initiative (Brewerville- Montserrado County) Vision Incorporated (Montserrado County - PHP Community) National Student Intellectual Council of Liberia (NASICOL - MONTSERRADO County, Slipway Community) Rockhill Women (Rockhill Community, Paynesville, GSA Road – Montserrado County) Christian Women Peace Initiative (Montserrado County) Lakpazee Women Association (Airfield, Lakpazee - Montserrado County)
RURAL COMMUNITIES Tienii Youth for Progressive Action (Grand Cape Mount County) River Cess Rural Women (River Cess County) River Cess Youth League (River Cess County) WIPSEN Rural Women (BONG COUNTY) Women In Peacebuilding NETWORK (WIPNET,Totota - Bong County) Dolo's Town Youth Council (Margibi County) United Youth for Sustainable Peace (Bomi County) Nimba Rural Women - (Nimba County) FACE AFRICA – Liberia (River Cess, etc)
RADIO STATIONS Radio Gbarnga (Bong County) Radio Bong (Bong County) RBS Radio (Rivercess County) Radio Margibi (Margibi County) Radio Bomi (Tubmanburg, Bomi County) Radio Nimba (Nimba County)
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