Greetings in Jesus name!
By the grace of God, we had two beautiful, eventful days already this week. We were in the village of Gbokolleh, about 15 miles northeast of Monrovia, where visiting Jeanette Mills aka Jabonkah Sackey spoke to about 32 women who graduated from our small-skills training program yesterday.
It was a program attended by a representative of the Minister of Gender and Development and local chiefs, church people, press and villagers. There was z procession, great singing in English and Kpelle, speeches, drama, presentation of certificates, distribution of 65 packets of rice, exhibition of materials – soap, tye-dye cloths, etc produced by the girls in this community. [Photos soon]..
The community appealed to government and Church Aid to help with water and sanitation, a school, connection of their feeder road from village to other villages [about 17 villages in this chain], empowerment of girls, etc.
They were appreciative of the training and other assistance from CAI and partners to this village. You know this includes US Embassy, CWS, New Water in the Desert Assembly, etc who have assisted CAI in the past in the work in Gbokolleh. An Assistant Minister of Gender and Development pledged $500 for the women to continue their training activities.
We pledge to work with all the partners to establish The Gbokolleh Girls Mission that will help empower youths in this neglected part of rural Montserrado, a few miles away from University of Liberia Fendell Campus.
When the girls complete 6th grade in this community, they get stuck in the village because there’s no junior or senior high school here. As a consequence, teen pregnancy is on the rise. The village is on the road to the neglected and shrub-covered town of slain 19th President of Liberia, William R. Tolbert.
On our return to town, we swung through the old Soul Clinic mission in the eastern Paynesville suburb of Monrovia where Sister Mills was a ‘mission girl’ between 1962 and 1966
Thanks, God bless
PS. A brief about CAI and Gbokolleh is attached
CHURCH AID INCORPORATED
2ND CYCLE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SMALL-SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM
SPONSORED BY THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
About Church Aid and Gbokolleh Village
A little over 5 years ago, Gbokolleh Village, about 15 miles northeast of Monrovia, the Capital of Liberia was randomly designated by an assessment team from the parent body of Church Aid, The New Water in the Desert Assembly (NWIDA) as an outreach community. The church has just launched her “Mobile Missions” initiative to reach “neglected” and hurting rural and semi-urban communities. Just a few years away from the civil war that ravaged the country, people still require help in many ways.
The first mission was fielded to Gohnzipo Village in western Liberia. It was highly successful. The teams took along both physical [food, clothes, medicine, building materials, school materials donated by CWS, etc.] and spiritual [counseling, etc.] help to reach a whole village. During the subsequent review and planning meetings, the road between UL Fendell Campus and Bensonville City was selected for our second mission.
That’s how Gbokolleh village was “invaded” by a big Mobile Mission convoy with assistance from Church Aid and other departments of the church to the utter surprise of the villagers. The elders welcomed us and asked us to stay with them to help in whatever way. Patients were treated; material relief items distributed including school materials for the kids, hygiene and baby kits from CWS in New York; adult literacy learners, and houses with leaks, repaired, vegetable seeds for farmers, amongst others.
Then the first training was launched with a small grant from US Embassy Public Affairs Office (PAO) to include two other areas, Golodee in Bomi County and the Girls Career Club (GCC) in Brewerville, Montserrado County. So here we are celebrating the development of a healthy partnership between this village and Church Aid and partners. We look forward to strengthening this partnership in many ways including empowering the girls of this community, encouraging food production activities, etc. in collaboration with existing and new partners to include Christ Cornerstone Christian Church based in California, USA, [bold added] whose representative is here with us today; Ministry of Gender and Development, etc.
Congratulations to the graduates. And thank you to the Governor, Chiefs and Citizens of Gbokolleh for their warmth welcome. God bless.