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|
|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|
|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