Dear partners and friends
We are fast approaching the end of 2016, I just want to take this opportunity to extend my sincerely greeting and best wishes to all of you for the Holiday season. I also want to take a moment to thank each of you for being part of CfP-Liberia’s journey over the years as we work to expand and grow our partnerships, projects and evaluations across Liberia.
As we enter the year 2016, it is my anticipation that this collaboration will continue and will even expand beyond what we’ve accomplished so far. I want to pledge my full commitment on behalf of CfP-Liberia in collaborating with you in transforming a society that will be proactive in taking positive action for the maintenance and sustenance of peace in Liberia and around the globe.
I thought I would also take this opportunity to share some good news about our accomplishment. During the year 2016, CfP-Liberia, with your support sponsored 30 students that successfully graduated from the Lutheran Vocational Training Institute in various disciplines ranging from literacy, life and vocation education such as agriculture, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity, drafting and building trades. It can be recorded that since 2012, CfP-Liberia in partnership with the Lutheran Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program and the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union has provided opportunities for over 300 war affected youths and vulnerable persons to undergo vocational training at the Lutheran Vocational School in Salayea (Lofa County), StarzCollege of Technology in Monrovia, and the Bowker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County.
A major benchmark in our work is that beneficiaries are effectively utilizing their skills offered by contributing meaningfully into their communities. While our program emphasizes literacy and pyschosocial support, acomplimentary objective is that livelihood skills offered by the project are integral to assisting the beneficiaries successfully reintegrate into their communities, build alliance with other youths and other local and national actors to enhance reintegration, governance, socio-economic participation, peace consolidation and development. Details of our work can be found on our website at: http://campforpeace.org
We are also working on launching the next phase which is underway in 2017 that is expected to enroll and graduate at least 40 beneficiaries in different life skills. In order to understand how our program and beneficiaries fit into the larger picture as it relates to enhanced utilization of skills and knowledge on national level, we are launching a research to explore what post training activities can compliment a Program beneficiaries. The aim is to explore possibilities for more youths in Liberia to benefit from employment opportunities or take advantage of other development programs offered by larger organizations, government of Liberia agencies and other local establishments that are working to accelerate reintegration and development initiatives, be it (social, economic, environmental, infrastructure, religious, agriculture, etc.) in Liberia.
I would also be interested in learning more about your organizations goals for strategic partnership and collaboration for 2017 onwards in order to see if there might be an opportunity for us to work together.
I wish you all a very great holiday season and an incoming year filled with joy, peace, prosperity, productivity and a renewed energy that will make us to continue working for peace and justice in this world.