On Saturday, July 20, Camp for Peace Liberia bade farewell to Yuri Suzuki Haga, a graduate student of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. As part of her academic requirement, Yuri was admitted into our program to do a two-month internship. While in Liberia, Yuri contributed significant value, new ideas, and energy to the growth and development of Camp for Peace Liberia. She produced concrete outputs of two specific projects that she designed and implemented. Yuri wrote the first edition of the Peace Newsletter, a news platform of Camp for Peace that intent to disseminate peace and development stories from the field every three months. She also wrote one project proposal to the Japanese Government for the construction of a modern cassava processing plant in Salayea, Lofa County. We hope that her kind gesture will gain meaningful results as we strive to build our post country society.
In a brief farewell remark, the Executive Director of Camp for Peace Liberia, Mr. B. Abel Learwellie expressed sadness at Yuri’s departure. He said the staff, students, and community members would miss you. “We sincerely appreciate all that you have done for us over the past two months and wish you the best,” Mr. Learwelhe said, before presenting Yuri with the logo of CFP. Abel used the occasion to explain the meaning of the logo, which stands for unity, hard work, commitment, dedication, passion, and all that it takes to be a force for good. He said we symbolize the attributes of the ant as a small organization but with a great dream and enormous achievement. Mr. Learwellie couraged Yuri to always think about the ants and the great potential they opt through unity and hard work. He, therefore, called on Yuri to serve as an ambassador in the international cycle and encourage others to join the CFP family in Liberia. “The offices of CFP are open to you at any time,” the Executive Director concluded.
Responding, Yuri was emotionally overwhelmed while expressing gratitude to the Director, staff, and friends of Camp for Peace Liberia for their support accorded her during her internship. She promised to share the new knowledge and experiences gained while completing her studies at Columbia and seek assistance on behalf of CFP whenever the opportunity exists.