GCJ/PCO Peacebuilder Project


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  • Welcome by Susan
  • Introduce the team – you[ll be hearing from each of us
  • Susan
  • Introduce the team – you[ll be hearing from each of us
  • About the Size of Virginia 3.5 million people $300 per capita income (another sources says $1,000) Life expectance: 49 58% literacy
  • 40 % Christian, 40% traditional, 20 % Muslim
  • The name Liberia denotes "liberty" as Black Americans were sent to Liberia in 1822, and founded the country in 1847 with the support of the American Colonization Society creating a new ethnic group called the Americo-Liberians . [4] However, this introduction of a new ethnic mix resulted in ethnic tensions with the sixteen other main ethnicities Capital = Monrovia – named after James Monroe, 5 th US President Never colonized by Europeans (only African country in addition to Ethiopia)
  • - Engaged and empowered 2,188 community members and leaders with peace dialogue that led to reconciliation in Buduburam
  • - - Engaged over 266 tribal leaders, opinion and community leaders into reconciliation forum, workshops, and traditional peace festivals -
  • Empowered 398 most needy Liberian refugee women with vocational skills and little businesses
  • Constructed and turned over to the community, the first multi- purpose youth center in Caldwell, Liberia - Hosted 209 international volunteers from Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. - Developed an elaborate national peace program to be implemented in Liberia.
  • Introduce the team – you[ll be hearing from each of us
  • Introduce the team – you[ll be hearing from each of us
  • Introduce the team – you[ll be hearing from each of us
  • GCJ/PCO Peacebuilder Project

    1. 1. Global Citizen Journey
    2. 2. Global Citizen Journey Leadership Susan Partnow, Founder and Executive Director Steering Committee Volunteers Project Directors & Country Hosts Delegates
    3. 3. Global Citizen Journey GCJ Mission Global Citizen Journey GCJ Mission How do we awaken to our interconnectedness, our grassroots power, and our mutual responsibility … so we are inspired to act as fully engaged global citizens?
    4. 4. Global Citizen Journey Emmanuel Dolo Founder and Director Population Caring Organization (PCO)
    5. 5. Building Peace in Liberia
    6. 6. Population Caring Organization (PCO) “Care for the Future” Developing Peaceful Communities in West Africa
    7. 7. What is PCO? <ul><li>Humanitarian NGO founded in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated to improve the well-being of West Africans, especially Liberians and Ghanaians </li></ul><ul><li>Work to empower Liberian refugees in Buduburam to reconcile their war inherited differences and to rebuild their lives. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Liberia is in West Africa
    9. 10. Liberia’s Ethnic Groups <ul><li>- Kru - Gola </li></ul><ul><li>- Gio - Belle </li></ul><ul><li>- Mano - Gbandi </li></ul><ul><li>- Kpelle - Sarpo </li></ul><ul><li>- Krahn - Bassa </li></ul><ul><li>- Lorma - Dey </li></ul><ul><li>- Mandingo - Kissi </li></ul><ul><li>- Via - Grebo </li></ul><ul><li>Americo-Liberian </li></ul>
    10. 11. History of Liberia <ul><li>Formation of Liberia </li></ul><ul><li>Role/Impact of U.S. in sending ex-slaves back </li></ul>
    11. 12. Civil War
    12. 13. Civil War
    13. 14. Impact of the War 250,000 people died, properties destroyed or damaged, internal human displacement:; refugees
    14. 15. Buduburam Refugee Camp (in Ghana)
    15. 16. Where is PCO Located?
    16. 17. PCO Programs : Working to empower Liberian refugees in to reconcile their war inherited differences and rebuild their lives. <ul><li>Peace and Reconciliation </li></ul><ul><li>Community Peace Cell </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal leaders forum </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational & life skills empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Primary education to refugee children </li></ul>
    17. 18. Peace and Reconciliation
    18. 19. The Peace Cell Project <ul><li>A gathering of neighbors to discuss issues relating to their well being as a community </li></ul><ul><li>Key goal: promote peace and healing through community dialogue and communication </li></ul>
    19. 20. Tribal Leaders Reconciliation Forum <ul><ul><li>Goal: generate commitment to genuine peace and reconciliation in Liberia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring together elders and leaders of Liberia’s ethnic groups </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in discussion forums, workshops, and traditional peace festivals </li></ul>
    20. 21. Refugee Mothers Vocational Skills Training Center <ul><li>Empowers war-affected mothers who can’t support themselves and their families </li></ul><ul><li>O ne-year course to provide skills in sewing, literacy, peace education and women’s health </li></ul><ul><li>Sends their children to the PCO Primary School.  </li></ul><ul><li>Upon completion, mothers join PCO Women’s Cooperative to produce quilts and clothing </li></ul>
    21. 22. Primary Education to Refugee Children <ul><li>- Established and </li></ul><ul><li>run by PCO in Buduburam </li></ul><ul><li>- Provides free </li></ul><ul><li>quality primary education to refugee children whose parents cannot afford school fees </li></ul><ul><li>- Taught 733 students and provided 6-8 hours of classes since 2004 </li></ul>
    22. 23. International Volunteer Program <ul><li>Since 2003 hosted over 209 volunteers from 17 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes effective use of volunteers while providing a fulfilling experience </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers make the free and quality services PCO provides to needy people of Buduburam possible </li></ul>
    23. 24. Liberia’s Current Situation <ul><li>Democratic process in place </li></ul><ul><li>Liberians are returning home </li></ul><ul><li>Relative Peace </li></ul><ul><li>(UN Peacekeepers) </li></ul><ul><li>Need to build sustainable peace among the tribal groups </li></ul>
    24. 25. Future Plans of PCO <ul><li>Consolidate presence of PCO in Liberia by constructing the Foundation Community </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a national framework for deeper reconciliation among the ethnic groups of Liberia through the national tribal leaders reconciliation project </li></ul>
    25. 26. Forum <ul><li>Proposed National </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal Leaders’ Forum </li></ul><ul><li>PCO Peace Program Background </li></ul><ul><li>What we did </li></ul><ul><li>What we gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are going </li></ul>PCO’s Next Step
    26. 27. Global Citizen Journey GCJ Partnership
    27. 28. Cross Cultural Dialogue & Reflection in Circle Time
    28. 30. Honoring & Hearing All Sides
    29. 31. Town Hall with 140 in Axim, Ghana
    30. 32. Town Hall with Oporoza Villagers
    31. 33. Ijaw, Itsekiri & Urhobo women and men knee to knee Children are continuously exposed to environmental hazards.
    32. 34. Citizen Diplomacy
    33. 35. Niger Delta Friendship Library
    34. 36. Orphanage-Community Center with partner WHH-Axim, Ghana
    35. 37. Our presence – Building the Global Neighborhood
    36. 39. Inspiring hope, friendship, volunteerism & empowerment
    37. 40. Forum <ul><li>Work with Global Citizen Journey to form a partnership with PCO </li></ul><ul><li>Help find funding </li></ul><ul><li>Provide technical support </li></ul>Ways to Get Involved
    38. 41. Global Citizen Journey Thanks so much for your attention Population Caring Organization