There are tremendous needs in LIBERIA , so the board focused specifically on the City of Monrovia. It was divided into 6 zones. We invested 56 days to develop demographics and apportion need with the proportion of contacts and centers in and around Monrovia.
New kru Town
Clara town Town
Sinkor 4 3
Matardi 6 2
Old-Road 9 4
Congo-Town 3 1
ELWA 7 2
Dupo-Road 8 3
Police-Academy 3 Zone V
Red-Light 27 6
Morris Farm 4 2
Factory Area 4 1
72nd Area 12 3
Gardnersville 14 2
Doe Community 12 3
In Monrovia we have a statistic figure of 216 Ghettoes and 58 Prostitute Centers. Even though most of the prostitution centers are active from 8:00pm, vey few do operate during the day. We have started outreach with two of the zones already; that is zone one and five they are about the largest zones, currently; the outreach team is focusing 60% on youth and 40% on teenagers.
With an high unemployment rate of 75% and illiteracy 75% coupled with the diverse effect from our civil crisis that lasted for fourteen plus years, these groups are marginalized and termed as useless citizens with absolutely no attention pay to them. This initiative as designed and structure by Global Teen Challenge will not only bring change to the lives of these youthful addicts but transformed them into productive citizens capable of contributing meaningfully into both the economy and infrastructural development of this war torn nation Liberia.
Our interpretation for transformation stands from the structure of Global Teen Challenge mandate by empowering individuals to become spiritually alive, mentally sound, physically well and socially adjusted.
The Board of Teen Challenge Liberia has spent over one year preparing the data of locations and contacts of addicts in around Monrovia and three out of the fifteen counties in Liberia. We have also being praying for the program globally, seeking God's intervention for Teen Challenge Liberia.
We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Lutheran Church of the Masters, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis through our international coordinator Evang. Charles Obeize. Who also have been making some financial contributions toward the upliftment of Teen Challenge Liberia.
We are also grateful to Rev. Father. Rogers who paid us a visits at our temporary office in Sinkor, Airfield road, Monrovia, Liberia. His visit was quite inspiring and motivating. During our first meeting on the 15th of June 2009. Father Rogers share his compliment with us and informed us that he was in Liberia for a meeting with the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship and that he met with some Global Teen Challenge officials in Minneapolis, where he was asked to visit the Teen Challenge office in Liberia to acquaint himself with developments in Liberia.
The visit of Father Rogers has really sparked more spirit into the development of Teen Challenge Liberia.
On the 17th of June there was an emergency meeting called very close to our office area at the Baptist Guest House, at this meeting there was a representation of the Episcopal Bishop in person of Father A-too Williams, Sister Rebecca Monseo Bershe from the Friends International Organization NGO, catering to street girls, people with HIV conditions and difficult circumstances. During this meeting introduction was made, from Teen Challenge Liberia, Rev. Wilson, Mother Bryant and Rev. Christopher were present.
In our deliberations, pertinent issues were discussed:
The office Space
Those present at this meeting agreed and emphasized the importance of the office space, Sister Rebecca in her contribution suggested that we should get an office space at the center of the city. She told us of a very good space that they were negotiating for at the cost of about US $250.00 per month and the owner was asking for one year down payment. She was then appointed to negotiate with them and bring us fill back at the next meeting.
Father Williams also suggested, the use of the Old Boys Town Camp that is not in use at present, he said that the camp is under the direct supervision of the Episcopal Church and that he will meet the Bishop to discuss the possible turnover of the camp to Teen Challenge Liberia for some renovation work to commence.
Teen Challenge Liberia is a 10-15 months Christian residential program, we are targeting male and female youth age ranging from 16-25 years. This will include programs like literacy, vocational training and basic skills acquisition, such as industrial training etc. This program is available for contacts who are willing and desiring a change of life.
With the magnitude of contacts or addicts we are experiencing and have to contempt with, we are of the convection that partnering with other organizations who accept the underlying principles of this program will create a head way for success. We will also be working based on the concept defined in the Global Teen Challenge Manual. We will also encourage strong partnerships with Churches and organizations for the successful implementation and integration.
One of the basic points in this initiative is the strategy to develop an endowment fund, which primarily is the responsibility of the Executive Director. For a start we are expecting seed funds from our Global body to kick the project.
We are still working on the year one budget, and operating expenses for a start with about 20-25 students. We are still working out and developing income generating opportunities that will generate financial support to the initiative.
It is our foremost desire to be sincere and be committed to this dream and to create measurements of accountability or regular financial statements to donors to show financial success and failures of how the deliverables were.expended.
IMMEDIATE TAKE OFF NEEDS
~~~~~~~~ Thank you for your partnership! ~~~~~~~~~~ We could not reach them without your prayers and support. May we never forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.