From Learning Upgrade:
“We are thrilled to announce Learning Upgrade’s partnership with Foundation for Women in Liberia. Over the past 3 months, we have orchestrated an 8-site, 200+ person deployment in Liberia where children and adults have been using the Learning Upgrade app to learn English, math, and job skills for self-reliance. The 8 sites range from elementary schools, church communities, to microfinance groups and community health clinics.
The results have been striking: nearly 1,000 hours of learning, over 5,000 lessons completed, and 70 certificates earned (each certificate is equivalent to 1 school year of learning)!!
To celebrate the success of the program, Foundation for Women staff in Liberia wrote and produced this song, which debuted today at Proliteracy’s 2022 Conference on Adult Education in San Antonio, TX.
The people of Liberia have suffered through civil war and disease which has prevented so many from receiving a quality education. Now, with an opportunity to rapidly learn anywhere and at any time, we are seeing a renewed sense of hope and a path towards the end goal: to provide every Liberian an opportunity to reach full proficiency in English, math, and job skills.
We are so grateful to the Foundation for Women team for investing their time, talent, and resources into making this a success. This is just the beginning!”
All of us here at FFW are so excited for this new partnership and can't wait to see where we go from here. Thank you to everyone at Learning Upgrade and welcome to the FFW family!
As part of our commitment to Collective Impact, Seats at the Table for Liberia, we welcomed Safe Conversations www.safeconversations.com to our collective partnership in June 2021. We launched a pilot in two of our FFW Liberia partner schools, bringing Safe Conversations to students. Students and school staff are so eager to learn and practice Safe Conversations!
Two very dear Liberian friends, William and Raw, surprised me by creating a Safe Conversations Song. Here is the link to the newly recorded Liberian-English version which is now airing on the radio throughout Liberia. Listen to the song below and check out a few pictures from the meetings.
Monday, January 24, 2022 Monrovia, Liberia
As my dear friend Q Karmue constantly reminds me, every challenge is an opportunity. Eight nights ago, armed gunmen broke into my treasured friend/staff person Calvin Zuomie’s home, terrifying him and Kebbeh and their 10-month old daughter. Though the robbers managed to take everything of value, thank you God no one was hurt.
Many of you have responded with concern and offers of help. Thank you so much! Kebbeh’s aunt in Philadelphia has offered to gift them with a plot of land so they can build their own secure home – so fabulous! We are hoping that many of you will choose one of the options below to make a huge change happen for Calvin and family here now – together we can make this miracle a reality!
January 17, 2022 Monrovia, Liberia
As the US and many around the world celebrate MLK Day and our collective prayers for peace for our one human family, I am trying to breathe here in Liberia…
At 3AM this morning, many armed men entered treasured colleague Calvin’s home and took everything, EVERYTHING – including client repayments Calvin had secured and safely as always stored in his car inside his garage. As the men left, they fired their guns and terrorized his community. HOR-RI-BLE as my dear sister Dr Angela would say, yes beyond horrible.
Thank you God, Calvin and wife Kebbah and 9-month old daughter were not hurt, the top of our collective gratitude list now. AND how members of our one human family experience such here in Liberia and elsewhere, so many challenges for so many – this one terrifying…
This experience is of course very personal for me. My heart is beyond broken and at the same time full of gratitude for Calvin’s family’s safety.
Many of you know of Calvin for a decade now, my truly dearest brother. This moment I am thanking God for their safety and thinking of all of those suffering by such an experience who do not have the support that I/FFW offer Calvin.
So am wondering how we can turn this awful experience into something – perhaps the Calvin Family Connection Initiative? Can we connect you to a family here who would love to know that someone cares about them??
With great gratitude and love for your support and caring for so many years now – blessings,
January 11, 2022 Monrovia, Liberia
I am in awe. As I write this blog, I am completing 15 years of the Foundation for Women’s service here in Liberia, perfecting our collective impact model, Seats at the Table for Liberia. Whoever would have thought??
I arrived in this impoverished and completely wrecked West African nation on Christmas Eve 2006. The next day I attended a Christmas party hosted by Ma Frances Mayson and her family for children who had nothing to do on that special day. There were perhaps 250 children in the family compound. Amazed by the joy, I captured much by photo. Every time I turned to take an image, there was Moses.
Please join us on Sunday, November 14th 3:00 at the home of Dr. Paul & Barbara Insel in celebration of our FFW–Savvi Partnership. Meet those who have joined us in this special partnership and learn more if you have yet to join with us. Board Member/Donor Janie Davis and I are traveling to St. George, Utah on Wednesday to meet with the company – hear about that visit as well on Sunday. Please view this 1-minute video where Janie shares her thoughts about this partnership:
Help Us Light the World! Buy a portable Solar Powered Chandler Charger and/or Solar Luke Light for yourself today, and one will also get sent to FFW Liberia! Monday, November 1 through Sunday, November 7th is our Buy One | Give One (BOGO) sale with Unite to Light. That means if you visit this link www.unitetolight.org/buy-one--give-one and purchase the BOGO product on Unite to Light's website, you will be donating one to FFW AND you will receive one! These lights and chargers are great for camping, your emergency kit, bedside reading and anywhere else you need portable power and light.
FFW has partnered with Savvi! We officially launched our partnership with the new athletic/leisurewear company and we're so excited to tell you all about it! Here's a short video that explains how it works. After you watch, go to www.savvi.com/ffw and sign up with us today to Purchase for a Purpose!
Sign up to be a brand partner by the end of this month and have wholesale pricing for life! Go to savvi.com/ffw and sign up today! Follow the simple instructions in the video below and make a commitment to Purchase for a Purpose!
About the Author
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.
"Just a quick note to say how we appreciate all that you are doing in Liberia and wish we could do more to help. We enjoy reading your newsletters which are always so well written.
All the best!" ~ Ian and Julie Allen, Africa and Beyond Art Gallery