Dollar for Peace Campaign

by Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Dollar for Peace Campaign
Community Empowerment
Community Empowerment

 

Making Youth Realize their Dreams

Introduction

A few months ago, GPFA launched its “Dollar for Peace Campaign” hoping that with the support of generous donors, we could provide 200 scholars with quality education and leadership training.

We have entered 2023 with even more optimism that even though we have not reached our targeted goal, this year will be a year to celebrate as we look beyond our ten years of existence since our founding in 2012. We continue to fulfill our mission through our three priority investment areas of intervention.

Because of your generous supporters like you, we have provided over 948 direct scholarships to women and youth as of December 31, 2022

1.  Education for Peace and Development

A. Scholarships

Between September 17, 2022, and January 4, 2023, we have awarded full scholarships to 14 students. 13 of those students are in Universities while one of them is in high school. 

Ten of those students were awarded on the same day, on October 14, 2022. They came from several colleges and universities in Montserrado County (Stella Maris Polytechnic University, African Methodist Episcopal University, United Methodist University, Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, Monrovia Bible College, and Bong County (Cuttington University).

B. Internship 

In addition to full scholarships (from the beginning of the scholarship through graduation), that GPFA provides to its recipients, it also grants and arranges internship opportunities for its university students with partner organizations. This program seeks to provide an opportunity for on-the-job experience and to serve as a means for young people to give back to their communities.

This year, GPFA provided internship opportunities to 29 University scholars. These scholars served in different communities in Bong, Lofa, and Montserrado counties, and each of them received a stipend of $100 at the end of the one-month internship

C. Graduates

We celebrated five graduates in the space of three months, four with Bachelor's degrees and one with a Diploma. Claudius was one of the graduates. He was the highest-performing graduate with a 3.98 GPA from BlueCrest University in Monrovia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Technology.

2. Transformative Leadership Initiatives

A. 10th International Day of the Girl Child

On October 11, 2022, the GPFA celebrated the 10th International Day of the Girl Child at the Christian Community Institute with about 60 female students and GPFA female staff and scholarship students who served as volunteers. The theme for this year was: It’s Her Time- Listen to her; Let Her Speak. The day began with a grand march and climaxed with an indoor program where the following topics were presented commemorating the day: The Rights and Responsibilities of a Girl Child 

  • Being a Peace Advocate
  • Health & Bodily Integrity
  • Moments of Inspiration---- Navigating towards Success

B. PeaceJam Liberia Annual Youth Leadership Conference

PeaceJam Liberia hosted its Annual Youth Leadership Conference to give students the opportunity to share, learn, and be inspired by a world leader for peace. Our very own Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee passed on the spirit of peace and hope to our young people. This year’s Youth Leadership Conference was held under the theme “Our Peace, Our Future, Our Legacy” from December 1st through December 4th, 2022. 340 people participated including PeaceJammers, Mentors, Adult Advisors, GPFA staff, and Guests from 22 schools and clubs. Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee closed the ceremony with a word of inspiration “Never Give Up”.

3. Driving Innovation through Community Empowerment

Sixteen Days of Activism

Sixteen Days of Activism against women and children (November 25-December 10) is an annual awareness activity at the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) and around the globe.  Our 2022 activism centered on the theme “Femicide” saw our youth conducting extensive awareness in Bong County targeting men, women, and children. 

More men were targeted because most perpetrators are male and needed to be educated and encouraged to join the campaign to protect their sisters and mothers. Some women were engaged as they were survivors; whereas children were spoken to during the campaign because they needed to be aware that all forms of violence against women/girls are crimes. 

The campaign was carried out through several activities such as: 

Grand Launch, High School Outreach, Community Engagement Talk Show, An Evening with the Boys, Umbrella Discussion, The Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes campaign and Say Her Name- Tribute to our fallen soldiers (mothers).


Thank you to all donors and supporters. We couldn't do this work without you. Thank you for your commitment to raising the next generation of peacebuilders and democratic leaders for Liberia and for the world!

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GPFA PRESIDENT AND SOME RECENT GRADUATES
GPFA PRESIDENT AND SOME RECENT GRADUATES

IMPACTING THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND YOUTH TRHOUGH OUR THREE (3) PROGRAMS

1.0 EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa’s scholarship program is proud to announce once again an additional nine (9) female students who graduated from Cuttington University on June 17, 2022 with Baccalaureate degrees in their respective field of studies: Economics, Biology, Natural Resource Management (Agriculture) and International Relations.

As more students graduate and transition into becoming useful citizens, it provides an opportunity for new students to be recruited. However, in the midst of huge economic challenges, the number of those applying for our undergraduate scholarship this year is more than 180 students. Presently, we have 112 students on our 360-degree Scholarship in the following categories: High School=56, Local Universities=50 and International Universities=6. The 360-degree scholarship is our wholistic approach to providing scholarship which include; tuition, medical assistance, feeding, accommodation, transportation and leadership opportunities to our recipients..

 2.0 LEADERSHIP

GPFA’s seventh annual Peace Through Fair Play Youth Camp hosted the total of fifty (50) campers between 10-16 years of diverse backgrounds from Margibi from August 7-12, 2022 in Kakata, Margibi County. The theme of the camp was: “Inspiring the Future Leaders”. Participants were selected regardless of their religion, financial status, and physical or mental disability, amongst others. 

The goal of the camp is to promote respect, tolerance, non-violence, integrity and accountability as basis for fostering peace among youths in Liberia. The campers spent five days interacting with key actors sharing ideas, listening and learning from panel’s discussions. During the session with the Chief Justice one of our visually impaired participants asked, “Why is it that people with disability are not treated equally under the law or is the law only meant for people who can hear, talk, see, or walk?”

3.0 DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

The Feminist Lecture Series "HerStory" is a Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa event that creates an intellectual environment for women and men to discuss issues affecting society's peace and security. It creates a platform where women tell stories of how politics and injustice disrupt women’s peace and security in various communities.    

The 11th edition of the Feminist Lecture Series - "HerStory" was held on July 8, 2022 and featured current and former women Representatives and Senatorial aspirants who discussed the dynamics of women and politics. More than one hundred women and men attended this edition of the Feminist Lecture Series in Monrovia. They included representatives from Government and Non-Governmental organizations and private citizens. 

The forum aims to stimulate women's intellectual growth and capacity to be socially and politically active in society. It also enhances women's leadership capacity to advocate for all forms of violence against women and create an environment where women, men, and youth can dialogue on policies and support issues of gender concerns. 

 

THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE WORK WE DO AT THE GBOWEE PEACE FOUNDATION AFRICA THROUGH OUR DOLLAR FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN.

GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
GPFA SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE
PTFP CAMPERS AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN MONROVIA
PTFP CAMPERS AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN MONROVIA
PTFP CAMPERS AT THE SUPREME COURT
PTFP CAMPERS AT THE SUPREME COURT
PTFP CAMPERS WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE
PTFP CAMPERS WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE
PTFP CAMPERS WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE
PTFP CAMPERS WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE
PARTICIPANTS AT THE FEMINIST LECTURE SERIES
PARTICIPANTS AT THE FEMINIST LECTURE SERIES
GPFA FOUNDER & PRESIDENT WITH PANELISTS
GPFA FOUNDER & PRESIDENT WITH PANELISTS
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Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa’s scholarship program offers 360-degree support to students.  In February this year, three high school students were awarded with scholarships to attend Konola. Other GPFA scholarship recipients for 2022 include 62 university students and 55 high school students, making a total of 117 scholarship recipients.      

Eleven of our local students will be graduating with undergraduate degrees in June, August and November 2022, nine female students from Cuttington, one male from BlueCrest and one female from the African Methodist Episcopal.

GPFA Scholarship Program has so much to celebrate this year; the graduation of the first scholar to graduate as a medical doctor. Patience graduated from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Health and Life Sciences, as a medical doctor on March 21, 2022 with a MD degree in General Medicine.

We have also celebrated the achievements of Emmanuel who graduated in March with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with great distinction.

We embarked on supplying all our 37 high school boarding students for the second semester at Cuttington Campus School (15), Konola (13), Camphor (7), and Bromley (2).

GPFA continues to train young people in Liberia to be committed to democracy and the peaceful transformation of their communities through the PeaceJam Liberia program. For this year's youth camp, we have identified the Margibi County as host for our Annual Peace Through Fair Play youth peacebuilding camp. This will be a great opportunity       teach practical conflict resolution skills, community building and civics to the next generation of Liberian leaders. Although the Covid-19 Pandemic has prevented us from hosting this event for the last two years now. We have started recruitment for the camp which is expected to be held from July 19-23, 2022. 

On April 27, 2022, Our Founder visited a few of our PeaceJam Schools in Monrovia, including the Tubman High School where she met with students and adult advisors/teachers to present the PeaceJam Curriculum.

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Leymah Gbowee and GPFA Book Bag Drive recipients
Leymah Gbowee and GPFA Book Bag Drive recipients

GPFA starts 2022 with 114 scholarship recipients, with 62 university students and 52 high school students.. The new school year started in Liberia in November. It’s a busy time of year, with celebrations of Liberian Thanksgiving coinciding with the hustle and bustle of getting young people off to school. GPFA’s scholarship program offers 360-degree support to students in Liberia, which means that the Programs Team spend November and December ensuring that each student’s housing, food, school supplies and uniforms, and health care is taken care of, as well as transporting students from their home communities to their school or university.

Each year, just before school goes back, GPFA undertakes a Book Bag Drive which rewards high performing students across Liberia with a book bag, school supplies and a uniform stipend. While the demand for our scholarships is so high that we can’t possibly give a scholarship to every deserving student we meet, the Book Bag Drive is one of the ways that we fill the gap so that we are supporting a culture of academic excellence, and acknowledging the significant financial barriers that young people in Liberia face when returning to school. The Book Bag Drive has recognized the perseverance and achievement of more than 3,000 young Liberians since it started.

Unfortunately, the COVID19 pandemic has stopped our annual Peace Through Fair Play children’s peacebuilding camp the past two years. We are hopeful that we can update and reconvene this program this year as a way to teach practical conflict resolution skills, community building and civics to the next generation of Liberian leaders. 

We continue to train young people in Liberia to be committed to democracy and the peaceful transformation of their communities through our PeaceJam Liberia program. In December, we hosted a PeaceJam Slam, which brought together a total of three hundred and thirty (330) people including students, adult advisors/teachers, mentors, mentor volunteers, volunteers (power house members) workshop facilitators and guests. This years’ service-learning project presentation was on the 16-Days of Activism against Sexual & Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) awareness campaign that the PeaceJammers had carried out from November 25 to December 10, 2021.

We continue to work with the women of Liberia to build peace and security for women across the country. Through our Sustain the Peace initiative, we have supported and trained one hundred fifty (150) Peace Brigades from communities in Montserrado, Lofa and Grand Gedeh. The members of the Peace Brigades includes women drawn from all sectors of society: traditional leaders, teachers, health practitioners, civil society actors, traders, farmers, and civil servants. The 150 peace brigades reached out to 5380 women and girls. Peace Brigades conducted weekly door-to-door outreach in one hundred (100) violent-prone communities in Lofa, Montserrado and Grand Gedeh counties. Women created early warning systems by sharing information of any conflict to prevent it from developing into serious violence. The youth were targeted and engaged in discussions about sustaining Liberia’s peace. They hosted massive awareness in their respective communities and encouraged partisans from Liberia’s leading political parties to have a talk about political differences, while they preached peace messages. The political environment in Liberia is increasingly tense, and it’s more important than ever that women and youth have the skills and networks to promote peace and security.

COVID19 prevention and awareness continues to be necessary. GPFA staff, students and volunteers undertook a massive public awareness campaign, speaking to community members about the symptoms of COVID and the health protocols to keep communities safe. The team also distributed thousands of face masks and hand sanitizers.

Thank you to all donors and supporters. We couldn't do this work without you. Thank you for your committment to raising the next generation of peacebuilders and democratic leaders -- for Liberia and for the world!

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GPFA scholars undertake community outreach
GPFA scholars undertake community outreach

Supporting the next generation of Liberia's peacebuilders and leaders 

We believe that education is a key vehicle to deliver and create sustainable change. It's why scholarships, mentoring, and access to education is at the heart of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa's programming in Liberia, as well as creating opportunities for collaboration and learning across generations and locations.

Recent estimates indicate that 129.2 million girls worldwide are out of school. This includes 32.3 million girls of primary school age, 29.9 million girls of lower secondary school age, and 67 million girls of upper secondary school age. We are only just beginning to understand how the global pandemic has disrupted education and widen the accessibility gap.

Over the course of the year, despite interruptions from the COVID pandemic, the foundation had much to celebrate. Eight of our female students graduated from High School and University. The foundation has witnessed a 36% increase in the number of female students on our scholarship over the course of 2021.

We emphasize the recruitment of female students for our scholarships – in recognition that women and girls continue to face extra barriers to their education in Liberia, and because we believe in the transformational power of women’s leadership.

The motto of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is "empower to inspire." When a girl or a woman is educated, she in turn is able to educate and inspire those around her. This cycle of inspiration is the key to shaping a world that welcomes the full participation of women and girls in their communities. 

Supporting education through a pandemic

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation has remained active in supporting its students to ensure the interruption of life for all, does not negatively impact their
academic life.

From the very first wave of the pandemic through to the third wave with which Liberia was recently hit, the foundation—with the dedication and commitment of its programs department—has been consistent in engaging our students. In addition to regular campus and home visits, the foundation also created an Enrichment Program to keep students engaged in academic work during the stretch when schools were closed.

Women and youth promoting pandemic awareness 

Building on the legacy of the Liberian Women Mass Action for Peace, a movement that used community mobilization to end Liberia’s civil war, the staff and volunteers of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa have responded to each wave of COVID by mobilizing in communities across Liberia, providing emergency health training and grants for community-based organizations, and distributing much needed medical supplies. 

In order to counter misinformation, GPFA uses awareness raising activities such as radio jingles, voice memos from Leymah Gbowee and other notable Liberians, stickers, and distribution of printed materials using pictures to describe what community members should be looking out for as they monitor for cases of COVID-19.

The women of Liberia have been at the forefront of addressing every societal concern Liberia has faced since the end of the civil war, such as responding to the Ebola outbreak, and addressing political violence. Through Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and its network of partner organizations across Liberia, the women and youth of Liberia are once again showing the power of community organizing to address peace, health, and education in an integrated way.

Distributing materials from the GPFA office
Distributing materials from the GPFA office
GPFA providing oxygen to Liberian hospitals
GPFA providing oxygen to Liberian hospitals
GPFA outreach to community members
GPFA outreach to community members

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