We give our deep thanks for your generous support of the Liberia project. Although progress has persisted for six months in a very "slow but steady" fashion, the recent GlobalGiving 100% match has helped to finally allows us to jump in with both feet. It’s been one year since we first heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and you may not be seeing or hearing about it so much in the media these days. The outbreak left the already struggling population crippled with food shortages, price spikes, and faced with missed planting and harvesting seasons. With the recent shipment of 50,000 packets of seeds successfully delivered to Liberia, we are working with our in-country partner, Church Aid Liberia, in monitoring distribution and planting of the seeds.
E-mail update from Rev. Brown of Church Aid Liberia:
April 16th, 2015
"Dear Seed Programs International,
Greetings! I wanted to tell you that my colleague Miatta hasn't been well in the past few days since she returned from the ECHO West Africa Agriculture conference in Republic of Ghana. This has even slowed down our plans to experiment a Moringa field to explore the possibility of massive production since experts say the plant has many health benefits.
However, as soon as Miatta recovers and is back at office, she'll be able to write in detail about her activities. Currently, veg seed distribution is ongoing. Field volunteers are moving in the field with inputs to assist gardeners to plant seeds. Post-Ebola Liberia is even more challenged in terms of food shortages.
Concerning women program, it's a big part of Church Aid programming. Our layer of programs include:
1. Community Women Training Center (CWTC)
2. Mobile Skills Training Clinic (MSTC)
3. Micro-enterprise development program (MED)
4. Girls Career Club (GCC)
5. Women in Agriculture program, etc.
Looking forward to sending you updates and progress reports of the seeds and the program.
Thanks, God bless
Our partner, Church Aide Liberia, directed by Rev. Kortu Brown, relies on our partnership and works closely with others service providers to reach Liberians in need.
Although we’ve reached our initial goal of $2000.00, the need is far greater and we can do more. So, if there is anybody among your friends, colleagues, or family who intended to give and may have forgotten, or who you think might gain satisfaction from supporting this project, let them know today! Global Giving is offering 100% match up to $1000.00 per donor while funds last. Global Giving also offers nice e-cards, printable paper cards, and mailed cards for giving in honor of Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any other occasion. With monies raised we are able to go forward in getting more seeds and other gardening resources to Liberia.
Again, we thank you for your continued support!
Seed Programs Internationl