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

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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Leymah Gbowee with GPFA graduating scholars
Leymah Gbowee with GPFA graduating scholars

We are inspired by them to continue the work we do - providing outstanding education to Liberian women and youth

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa continues to increase access to outstanding education and leadership opportunities for women and youth through several interventions (projects) in our three program areas: Education for Peace and Development, Transformative Leadership Initiative and Driving Innovation through Community Empowerment.

We are delighted to inform you of our greatest achievements since we launched the Dollar for Peace Campaign -- investing in the education and leadership capacity of the next generation of Liberian peace builders. Your generous support makes us brave to invest in more students knowing that someone somewhere will reach out to us.

Investing in education is not a one-time only task. At Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa we make a long-term commitment to our scholars and journey with our students until they graduate college. We are particularly grateful to the generosity of our donors - whether you are a long-term supporter or newer to our community- as your support allows us to fulfil this long-term commitment to the scholars. 

Scholarships with Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa are tailored to the circumstances of every student. Our 360-degree program provides healthcare, assistance with job placement after college, housing in some cases, and other financial assistance beyond tuition to students who come from impoverished backgrounds.

We recently celebrated the graduation of seven of our students who earned Bachelor Degrees (in disciplines such Accounting, Public Administration, Biology and Natural Resource Management) from Cuttington University in March 2021. Our support to these students started in 2016 and we are so proud to see what they have achieved and we are filled with every confidence that they will continue to make their communities proud.

We would like to highlight the story of our scholar Austin, who is our first visually impaired student to graduate. Austin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement with honors.

Since March 2021, we have awarded scholarships to 22 new students (14 university students and 8 elementary and high school students). We now have 100 full-time scholarship recipients and over six hundred students sponsored through our 4 partnership institutions.

There is no doubt that COVID19 has disrupted education in Liberia, and it has challenged many families who wish to provide quality education to their children. This has been the single highest intake in less than three months. We continue to receive requests and with new funding we will be able to support more students.

This is your investment in action. Thank you for your belief in the young people of Liberia. We are so proud to play a role in raising the next generation of peacebuilders and democratic leaders for Liberia and the world.

Celebrating GPFA graduations
Celebrating GPFA graduations
Austin, GPFA scholar
Austin, GPFA scholar

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Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Location: Domah's Town, Montserrado - Liberia
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David Konneh
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