LAC 2014 Department Of Community Services

Overview: We are pleased to present to you the evidence of the great work the church continues to do for the people of Liberia with support from the people and government of Norway, working in concert with disadvantaged communities across Liberia. DCS is the arm of the church into the community; organize to provide basic social services for the people of Liberia. The Department currently runs three different programs which include Community Development Program (CODEVPRO), started in 2008; Community Integrated Education Program (CIEP)-2011 and Child Sponsorship Program (CSP)-2012. There is a fourth program yet to be finalized name and styled Given Hope to a Child –Liberia, to be sponsored by Giving Hope to a Child Norway. The entire report is summarized in a table form capturing the major points for your attention.

PROJECT/ACTIVITY(IES) LOCATION CATEGORY STATUS EXPECTED COMPLETION TIME TOTAL  BENEFICIRIES COMMENT
External trips Sierra Leone Administration executed 11/5-10/2014 Regional Center Activites
USA Partnership Summit Executed 11/15-29/13 Presented DCS to partners
Norway Training/Netwk executed 5/27-7/14, 2013 Leaders Forum and Networking
Recruitment DCS Office Administration executed Accountant hired
Recruitment DCS Office Administration pending 41671 CODEVPRO Program  Coordinator
Recruitment DCS Office Administration Pending 41671 Office Manager
Recruitment DCS Office Administration pending February Engineer
CODEVPRO PROJECTS
Vertekeh Margibi County School 85% complete 41699 300 students 6 class rooms, inside toilet, teacher lounge
Gbonyea Multipurpose Hall Lofa Guest/Multi  Purpose Hall 80% complete 41730 20 towns and villages Three rooms with 300 capacity hall and inside bathrooms
GonglotaMulti Purpose Hall Lofa County Guest/Multi Purpose Hall 80% complete 41730 15 towns and villages Three rooms with 300 capacity hall and inside bathrooms
Compound Three Primay Health Center Grand Bassa County Clinic Roof level N/A 10,000 + persons Local authorities not honoring MOU
Norvlin Town Hand Pumps Montserrado County Wat/san completed 1000 persons Hand pump completed and turned over
Frank Brown Project Grand Bassa County Wat/san Completed 200 persons Hand pump completed and turned over
Klens Town Bridge Grand Bassa County Bridge 90% complete 41699 Entire District No. 3 C
Zanzaye School NimbaNounty School Completed 500 students School turned over and in use
Boyee Nimba County Health Center 80% complete 41699 5000 inhabitants First clinic in the entire region
CIEP PROJECT
BKT School Margibi County School Completed 200 students School turned over and in use
BKT Teacher Qtrs Margibi County Housing 2 sets complete; 3rd 80% complete 41699 10 teachers Housing with rooms, inside toilet, kitchen, parlor and furniture
BKT Agric farm Margibi County Rubber 1000 trees planted n ongoing Planting completed in 2014 200 students & community Agriculture farm at early stage
Behneewein School G. Bassa Co. School Completed 400 students School tuned over and in use
Behneewein Teacher Qtrs “. Housing 2 sets completed; 3rd at foundation level 41944 15 teachers Housing with rooms, inside toilet, kitchen, parlor and furniture
BehneeweinAgiculture Rubber 2000 trees planted Planting completed 2014 400 students & community Agric farm at early stage
Marblee Public High School G. Bassa Co. School Foundation level 41974 200 high school stud’s First High School in the District
Marble High Sch Teacher Qtr Housing Foundation level 41974 12 teachers Housing will enhance quality education
MarbleeAgric Farm Rubber 2000 trees planted Planting completed 2014 Students and community Agric farm at early stage
Garkpeh Town Public School Margibi County School Physical work not started yet 42064 Students from 12 towns modern school with all facilities
Garkpeh Town T. Q. Housing 42064 10 teachers Housing will enhance quality education
GarkpehTwn Farm Farm Farm to be decided Process starts in early 2014 Students and community Farm not started yet
Kor Public School Grand Bassa Co. School 40% work done 41944 200 students Elem &Jr High sch with tea. lounge, modern toilets & clean water
Kor Teacher Quarter G. Bassa Co. Housing Work to commence 42064 12 teachers Housing with rooms, inside toilet, kitchen, parlor and furniture
Kor farm Rubber Land is clear Planting will end Dec 2014 Students and community Rubber farm to be planted for school’s upkeep
Barseegiah Public School Grand Bassa School Work to commence 42064 Students and community Modern school facilities
Bar Teacher Quarter Housing Work to commence 42064 Students and community Housing with modern facilities
Barseegiah Farm Farm Work to commence Planting will end Dec 2014 Students and community Rubber farm to be planted for school’s upkeep
Zammie Town Public School Rivercess County School 90% complete 41699 400 students 9 classrooms including teacher lounge, toilets, reading room, etc
Zammie Town Teacher Qtr Housing 2 sets 60% complete; 1 to be started 42309 15 teachers Housing with rooms, inside toilet, kitchen, parlor and furniture
Zammie School Farm Rubber Clearing of land in progress Planting will end Dec 2014 Students and community Rubber farm to be planted for school’s upkeep

Evaluation: The second international external evaluation under DCS for the Community Integrated Education Program was successfully implemented in 2013 from 6-19, December. The evaluation was conducted using the participatory model whereby stake holders including one international evaluator, Department staffs, community leaders and a national evaluator carried out a successful process to assess the effective functioning of the entire program. After a 20 day period of moving around the country including a one day validation seminar, we are pleased to report that Liberia through DCS/LAC/UMC again has come out with preliminary flying colors pending the final report. It is important to note that the participatory model of evaluation is new to Liberia and was very effective in helping all parties to appreciate the level of engagement and challenges with the project implementation. We will be sharing with the Annual Conference subsequently the final report from the evaluation

Acknowledgement: We give God the glory for the wonderful and blessed things God is doing for our people here in Liberia. We give Him all the praises for all His blessings and guidance that have been enabling us to transform our part of the world in helping to get this great country out of poverty.

We are humble as we salute our dear Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, whose vision and farsightedness has made a great impact on, not just our Church, but the country, region and the entire Christian Community Worldwide. Under his dynamic leadership, with emphasis on accountability and transparency, we can proudly celebrate the massive feat achieved thus far.

We appreciate our staff for their tireless efforts, untiring commitment and dedication to duty which continues to produce bountiful accomplishments since we started in 2008. We could not have come this far without their endurance and support.

The Norwegian Partners and Government without whose support we could not have done anything under this agreement deserve our profound gratitude. They have shown love beyond measure which is immensely impacting the lives of Liberians.

Let me thank all United Methodists, District Superintendents, the leaders of our Church and all Liberians for accepting this program and ensuring that it survives. You are making it happen for Liberia.

Conclusion: We have again ended another successful year looking into the future. We are confident that we will remain engage with all people to wards working to end poverty in our nation especially with the help of our brothers and sisters from Norway. All we ask for is your prayer, support and cooperation to celebrate this success together. May God bless our church and make His people to prosper.

Respectfully submitted: Jonathan L. Kaipay, Director