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LDS in 2016 continued to receive funding from her traditional and other partners in support of program activities. The partners include the Church of Sweden, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in  America, the Bread for the World, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria, ACT Alliance and others. We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to these partners for their continual support to our work in Liberia.

With support from our traditional and other partners, and our staff trained  to carry out program activities in seventeen (11) districts in six 3 counties of Bong, Lofa and Margibi. Program activities implemented during the year included emergency disaster management through the Actalliance Forum and community based integrated programs to include, agriculture and food security, microfinance for empowerment, capacity building trainings, skills trainings, infrastructure construction and rehabilitation and new income generation methods. Our activities were achieved as a result of forging cooperation with the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and  the Actalliiance emergency project and community based organizations and community people in all of LDS project communities. We also worked along with local leaders and Community Development Committees and District Development Councils to be in line with the development agenda of counties in which we operated.

LDS Projects were implemented in seven of the fifteen counties of Liberia during the 2016 year. In Bong County, the project implemented included the Kpaii community empowerment project, the Sanoyea and Zota empowerment project, part of the vulnerable community empowerment project, the ECAP-2 project and part of the Act Alliance emergency project. In Lofa County, LDS implemented the LTI Skills training Program, the LTI animal project, and the Salayea and Zorzor empowerment project and part of the actalliance emergency project. The Actalliiance emergency project was implemented in Bong, Lofa, Cape mount, Gbarpolu, and Montserrado Counties. The Vulnerable community empowerment project which is the newest of all LDS projects was implemented in six districts of Bong, and Margibi counties.

Achievement by LDS during this year was a result of the efforts of our many committed and dedicated field and office staffs and community members that worked and cooperated with us during the period. We acknowledged and appreciate your commitment and dedication to work in the interest of humanity regard less of the many challenging conditions faced in the discharge of your duties.

During the  2016, the Lutheran Development Service implemented three projects. They included the Integrated Community Empowerment Project located in Sanoyea and Zota Districts, Bong County; Integrated Community Empoerment Project located in Kpaii ( Bong ), Salayea and Zorzor Districts in Lofa County and the Integrated Vulnerable Community Empowerment Project which is located in Bong and Margibi Counties.

  1. Bread for the World Community Empowerment Project

This is a right-based approach project.

The totals of 400 meetings were conducted by Community Development Committees (CDCs) members in 28 project communities in Sanoyea and Zota Districts, Bong County.  Those meetings were centered on the completion of community action plans (CAP); which included collection of village savings & loans, planting of crops at the farmer field school sites, fund raising done on a household basis to complete town halls, latrines, hand pump, purchase timbers, and the provision of local materials as community contribution to the community action plans earmark by each participating community. CDCs members held regular meetings each month.  During the reporting period, CBO members held meetings two (2) times monthly to enable them complete their individual and group projects.  All of these communities worked in lined with Rights-based Approach (RBA), which was discussing issues pertaining to action plans of their projects. Each meeting was monitored by CEFs assigned within the clusters to guide the process. Implementations of all community action plans took place in some communities such as the construction of latrines to help solve sanitation issues, construction and improvement of safe drinking water source, construction of meeting halls to solve the problem of public meeting space etc.

Community leadership is represented by at least 35% women

Community leadership by women has been raised to about 31% at present as a result of numerous trainings conducted by LDS within the two districts. The total of eight (10) women now served as town chiefs, Community chairladies, in strategic positions within the community structures. Women are becoming more influential in their respective areas of work. The leadership of women has rather increased in community based structures than local authorities.

30% of house have improve their level of housing by the end of the project

Community members in both districts are engaged in agriculture activity as a major source of income generation.  Each community at household levels has been trained in new and improved methods to increase yield of produce.  Members are also grouped per community to save proceeds generated from their farming produce and together they share any interest earned from money loan to other community members as credit.

Community members have been linked to markets by LDS to sell their farm produce to potential buyers for increase income generation purposes.  Household members have been encouraged to use the new agriculture knowledge given to increase yield and income as a means of sustainability and food security. Household members formed part of the Village Savings & Loan Associations (VSLA) that is functioning within the communities as local banks.  The management teams and members of the VLSAs in all of the participating communities have been trained to take charge of all financial transactions and keep proper records without supervision by LDS staff. Community members are confident of the team’s ability to handle their money and are confidently using the services provided by the VSLA team to save more money to improve their housing facilities and their standards of living. Incomes generated from the production of honey and crops such as (lowland& upland rice, yam, peanut, cowpeas etc.) are saved in the VSLA clubs which serve as banks for community members. Community members are constructing additional new homes from their VSLA savings.

In Zota district, a total of $1,388,695.00LD was raised in 2017.And in Sanoyea, $1,445,505.00LD was raised by the VSLA clubs. The total number of 532 VSLA members (186 males & 346 females) in both districts collected Liberian Dollars $2,834,199.00LD during the 2017 year.

 The number of people including children sick from water borne and other preventable diseases is reduced by 20%

Hand pump well under construction

Health & hygiene promotion campaigns, awareness and social mobilization messages on water borne, and other preventable diseases including Ebola, Malaria and its related signs and symptoms are continuously carried out by community empowerment facilitators. Dissemination of health messages is done using mega phones with the door to door approach at public places. Many community members have begun digging water wells to fetch safe drinking water rather than drinking water from the stream.  Every household has been engaged to have dish and clothes racks to avoid animal’s droppings and other skin diseases from affecting the community. Community members were warned to avoid touching dead bodies but rather call the county dead body testing unit for help. Some communities also have set up permanent hand wash stations for the prevention of diarrhea and other common diseases caused by lack of sanitation practices in communities.

 

Also in order to reduce diseases such as (diarrhea, cholera, running stomach, dysentery malaria, etc.), community dwellers have constructed 20 latrines that have 1 unit 2 compartments each within eight (8) communities in both districts as per their action plans.  Community dwellers are also carrying out health promotion campaigns (brushing grass around homes and towns, clearing dump sites etc.). The construction of sanitation facilities and health campaign are helping in the gradual reduction in the number of children affected by waterborne diseases as reported at health facility in the two districts.

Farmer knowledgeable in improved farming technique

Yam harvested by farmer field school

Farmer Field Schools within the five clusters in both districts have been trained in improved agriculture methods for increase yield in the production of crops. Trainings were conducted on site which has have helped FFS members to transfer learning to their individual farms at a larger scale.  The learning from the FFS has also been share indirectly to other community members who are now using the methods. As a group, they have planted on over ten (10) hectares of farm land and harvested 2056 kilogram of yam and cassava.

 

Farmer’s income is increased by 15%

Farmers in both districts have been trained on improved methods of farming to enhance food security and increase income.  All of these FFS members have had on site trainings on planting on mounds, mini setting, and tuber crops etc. These farmers have been trained on sites to enable them grasp the learning of how crops are planted to produce increase yield and income generation to improve their livelihoods. Farmer groups planted and harvested over 25,000 tubers of yams, cassava and eddoes during the period. Farmer Field Schools members have been linked to market for sales of their produce. Farmer harvested over 2,110 kg of yams that were sold and the total amount of L$105,000 LD generated from the sales.

The totals of seventy five (75) farmers were trained in bees keeping within the two districts.  Farmers mounted hives for bees to colonize it during the period. One of the groups harvested and processed some honey during the reporting period.

By 2017, 200 local leaders/members train in conflict management

During the period under review, the totals of 110 local leaders/CBO members were trained in conflict management and resolution within the two districts.  Those local leaders were trained on how to mediate conflict at community level without legal actions.  As a result of the training, local leaders are now utilizing strategies given them to manage conflict.  Based on the training, cases that were taken to court by community members before now are being handled by local leaders and committees’ setup by LDS.

Number of conflicts arising from land dispute reduces by 5%

Conflicts have been arising from land dispute in Sanoyea and Zota districts for a long time. During the period LDS invited Officials from the Land Commission set up by the government of Liberia to facilitate trainings on land dispute settlement. Also during the period, LDS conducted training on conflict management for the three (3) committees’ setup in 2014 to reduce land conflict within the 28 project communities.  For the past years land dispute was found to be one of the major sources of conflict in all of the project communities. Since setting up the structures to handle land dispute, cases are gradually reducing. Community members affected by land dispute report all cases to the committees for settlement.

Permanent committees’ setup to settle land matters in target communities.

There were three 3 committees setup in two (2) districts, Sanoyea and one (1) in Zota District.  Two of these structures are located in Sanoyea town and Gbonota while the other is in Belefania, Zota.  These structures have handled/mediated numerous conflicts on land dispute.  As a result of the many land issues, farmers find it difficult to acquire land for farming purposes.  Since the setting up of the structures, members have begun to mediate land conflict in targeted communities affected by the issues. These committees’ members were trained to settle conflict arising for from land dispute that has enabled farmers to cultivate larger portion of land for farming activities.  In the rural communities, land and many other cases have been resolved through customary methods: through chiefs, elders’ mediations that people have always used for resolving not just land cases, but a wide range of cases that are going on in local communities. This method had not been able to settle land matters and some aggrieved issues.  But with the trained committees setup and strategy given them in settling land disputes, they continue to handle/mediate and helped to resolved land conflict or other issues affecting the development of their communities.

 

District leadership is (DDC) is active in the district and communities and is linking with County leadership

Support in the form of (lubricants) were provided for the motorbikes of the district development council (DDC)  chairpersons in the two districts to actively participate in development activities of the district by regularly visiting towns and meeting with their leadership on development activities of the towns where the project is being implemented.

 

30% of households have improved their level of housing by the end of the project.

Newly constructed meeting hall

From October 12-26, 2016, Village savings and loans refresher workshops were conducted for all VSLA clubs under the project in the 28 communities. The trainings specifically targeted the management team of each operating club in the 2 districts. A total of 420 persons were trained including (285 females & 135 males)   As a result of the introduction of the VSLA activities into the project, many project participants have been able to improve their level of housing and their standards of living. Many of them have been able to save the proceeds from the sale of their agriculture produce and credit money from the clubs to buy necessary things for their households and family members thereby improving their standards of living and improving their housing. Ninety percent of households in Bread for the World project community that had thatched roof when the project started in 2014 have change to zinc roof. During the period, a total of two million eight hundred thirty four thousand one hundred ninety Liberian dollars districts ($2,834.199.00LD) was raised by the VSLA clubs in the two districts.

 

The number of People including children sick from waterborne & other preventable diseases is reduce by 20%

In line with this objective, a pump mechanic repair and maintenance workshop was conducted from September 22-27, 2016 for five communities to empower them with knowledge to help maintain their hand pump wells in the Zota and Sanoyea districts. A total of 200 participants were trained including 120 women and 80 men. The training involved the use of local materials to repair hand well which makes it less expensive for the community residents.  Also during the period two day awareness training on the importance of keeping communities clean was conducted from 15-25, August 2016 in the 28 communities of the project. The awareness was carried out for two days each in the 28 communities.

By the end of the project 60% of households (HHH) have been trained on good hygiene practices &environmental protection

In an effort to help mitigate disaster resulting from strong wind and fire, a tree planting and environmental protection workshop was conducted from August 26-30, 2016 in some of the bread For the World project communities where these incidents are prone. A total 250 people were trained on how to plant trees that will serve as wind breakers and reduce the effect of wind in their communities. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Charles King from the Central Agriculture Research Institute (C.A.R.I) IN Bong County central Liberia. During the workshop, 45 trees were planted in several of the targeted communities. Trees planted included the cashew and terminlia trees.

 

Farmers knowledgeable in improved farming technique

New farming method being practiced CBOs

LDS organized several farmer field schools in the two districts to teach improved methods of agriculture to farmers in targeted communities.  During the period several crops such as cowpeas, peanuts, rice, cassava, corn, and yams were grown on twelve acres of land in the 2 districts.  The farmers were trained how to miniset tuber crops such as eddoes, cassava and yam and also plantain. As a result of the training, several of the farmers working with the CBO group farms also took the knowledge to their individual farms where they produce yams, plantain and eddoes on large scale.

 

Target communities knowledgeable in conflict management and are coexisting

LDS set up three (3) land dispute committees at cluster level which include Sanoyea town, Gbonota and Belefania town. These committees were mandated to mediate land conflicts in targeted communities in the two districts instead of going to court with every case which makes the people vulnerable to poverty. A refresher workshop was conducted for members of the three committees from August 12-14, 2016 at their various locations in the 2 districts. LDS provided USD $50.00 to each of the three committees as transportation to travel to various locations to carry out findings in cases that were referred to them for investigation.

 

PROGRAM TITLE:   SALAYEA/ZORZOR&KPAII INTEGRATED COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT, LOFA / BONG Counties – 2016

 

The Lutheran Development is a national non- governmental organization serving as the development arm of the Lutheran Church in Liberia with the aim of helping to reach the most vulnerable people regardless of status, tribe and religion. This mandate is being achieved through donor’s assistance, which made Church of Sweden to provide funding for the implementation of the project named “Integrated Community Empowerment Project”. This empowerment concept intends to build capacity, give power and wealth in combating poverty which may lead to the improvement of vulnerable groups, community based organizations, village savings and loan associations livelihoods thus enabling them to become self-reliance by taking over their own development. It also provides awareness on sensitive issues to include health promotion, hygiene practices among school going children through health clubs. The roles and responsibilities of community leaders, principle of good governance, vegetable farming, and helping community leaders to identify their potential in providing public services for themselves such as building school, town hall, latrine, etc.

 

The project was implemented in 54 communities as of the inception of the program. The fifty four (54) communities are clustered into 10 (ten). Each cluster has four communities being managed by each of the ten community empowerment facilitator who in return are manage by the Project Manager. This gives the total of 12project staff.

 

The project has field offices in Palala in Bong County and LTI campus in Salayea Lofa County. The administrative seat of Kpaai district is Palala and the administrative seat of Zorzor is Zorzor city while the administrative seat of Salayea is Salayea town. The district commissioners of these three towns reside in them. The District Commissioners presides over paramount chiefs and clan chiefs, the latter being responsible for several towns each governed by town chiefs.

This report is intended to inform Partners on activities implemented in the Salayea/Zorzor/Kpaa project during the period under review, such as budget, input, output, outcome, success stories, constraint and most likely recommendation(s) from January to December 2016.

Act: 1.1 two project awareness meetings for local leadership

In order to provide information in all aspects of the 2016  community empowerment project, a stake-holder information sharing meeting was held from March 4-5, and March 12-13, 2016 in Palala city, Kpaai district, Bong County and Salayea city, Lofa county respectively. The meeting aimed at providing information to the district stake-holders (farmers, chiefs, youths, women, District Commissioners, Paramount and Clan chiefs and others) on projects activities carried out in 2015 and projects to be implemented in 2016. The workshop was attended by 102 (56 males-and 46females) in Palala and 205 participants including 105 females and 100 males in Lofa county.

An overview of the   project as it was implemented in Kpaai district over the years was given in a power point presentation by the Project Officer Mr. Samuel F. Flomo. In this presentation, he outlined the activities as undertaken in the communities in over the years. He disclosed that the project operated on a budget that was funded by Church of Sweden (COS). He further revealed that because of the non-cooperative posture taken by four communities (Wheyee, Galai, Tassah, and Dortinta); the project was implemented only in 24 communities in the project area. The project officer also in his presentation outlined the below support given to communities during the project implementation period as outlined below:

  • Support to school construction in Seketa, Galimon, Dan-Kan, Kpalikpala
  • Support to town hall construction in Charlie Too town, Yopea, Mineeta Support to Farmer Field School in Kapeta
  • Support to village savings and loan associations in 24 communities in Kpaai district
  • Support to community based organizations in the provision of vegetable seeds, oil palm seedlings, and improved rice seeds, improved cassava cuttings, farming tools, technical advice and training.

Act: 1.2 Training of community leadership in good governance

There were two good governance training workshops conducted from March 30-31and April 6-7 respectively, 2016 in the eleven (11) clusters in Kpaai/and Salayea and Zorzor. The total of 600 participants attended the workshop. This constitutes 360 females -60% and 240-40% males. The workshop was intended to enhance the understanding of the communities’ leadership on the concepts and application of good governance in their different groupings in the community’s.

Act: 1.3 Training of local leadership in planning and budgeting

Two days Planning and Budgeting training workshops was held for CDCs, FFS, CBOs and district leadership from June 16-17, 2016 and June 22-23 respectively in Palala town, Bong County and in Salayea town in Lofa County.

The training targeted 99 participants in Palala, Bong County and 160 in Salayea, Lofa County but was attended by 82 participants (58 females and 24 males from 20 project communities in Palala. The training was facilitated by an extended facilitator ApianClay coming from the Development Educational Network-Liberia DEN-L) in Gbarnga. Salayea Lofa County was attended by160 participants including 92 females and 68 and males.

The workshops aimed at equipping participants with the full understanding of the importance of planning and budgeting in personnel and communities project to meet its goals and objectives.

 

The training was characterized by group discussions, group work, lectures, and presentations and was done with focused group discussion among the participants. During the process, the participants demonstrated their ideas about planning and budgeting. At the end of the workshop, the participants thank the LDS management for organizing the training and promised to put the knowledge into practice to help them ensured community development and livelihood improvement.

 

Participants at the Planning and Budgeting workshop in Palala, Kpaai District, Bong County

Act: 1.4 Media Coverage

The radio program” Focus on LDS” is a live radio program sponsored by the  Lutheran Development Service in Liberia to air LDS activities in the Kpaai, Salayea, and Zorzor districts  through talk shows, interview and discussions.  The program is carried live on Tuesday of every week in the district and replay at any time. Meanwhile, in an effort to enlighten the minds of project beneficiaries and the people of   the three districts, and its environs, staff from LDS project appeared on the talk shows of every week to discuss issues of vital importance regarding project activities. The talk shows which is interactive, discussed among other things, the roles and responsibilities of the Community Empowerment Facilitators in the project, the agriculture aspect of the project, micro-finance activity, LDS mode of operations, progress and challenges. The show has been moderated by Voice of Reconciliation (VOR) chief, Mr. Lawrence Allen and other staff.

Act: 1.5 Linking CDC to local government

Link Community Development Committee to local government by the District Development Committee chairperson is an activity to be implemented by DDC in the district. His sole responsibilities are to visit, conduct meetings, collect reports from the CDCs, monitor community development activities, attend district and county development meetings and give feedback both to the district and county concerning the level of developments ongoing in his district. He’s also clothed with the responsibility to recommend support for development activities within his district and give constraints facing his communities.  The (DDC) District Development Committee chairperson functions effectively, by visiting communities, hosting meetings and, attending meetings etc.

Act: 1.6 Conduct participatory rural appraisal (PRA) impact assessment

Participatory rural appraisal Impact Evaluation exercise took place from April 6th to 13th 2016 in 24 communities in Kpaai district, Bong County and April 20-29, 2016 in 26, communities in Salayea and Zorzor district Lofa County. The objective of the exercise was to gage the impact the project has made on the community since it inceptions in 2014. In 2014, LDS conducted the Participatory Rural Appraisal to ascertain community’s needs and informed it intervention strategy. In the spirit of understanding how communities dealt with the issues unearthed by the PRA, to establish whether or not communities were able to execute their plan of action from the PRA assessment The exercise involved 750 (450 females 300 males) community dwellers including women, youths, elders, CDC members, chiefs and other members of the communities.

 

Act: 1.7 HAP (Complains and Response Mechanism- CRM)

As part of LDS routine field activities and in keeping with the goal of the above mentioned project, Humanitarian Accountability partnership training was conducted for the twenty-four (24) communities in Kpaai project from April 14-15, 2016 and for Salayea and Zorzor district from May 2-3, for 26, communities 2016. The workshop was attended by 225 (95-females130 males) participants in Kpaai district. The training was conducted in two communities (Palala & Zoweinta). The training in Lofa was conducted in Salayea town and Sucromu towns respectively. The overall objective is to increased awareness among community members on Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Complaint Response Mechanism (CRM) to exhibit good working relationship between beneficiaries and project implementers. Some topics explored were: HAP background, HAP six bench marks, entry points, and complaints procedures etc.

HAP is meant to cement the working relationship and built trust and confidence between the project implementers and beneficiaries.

Act: 1.8 Training community leadership in Roles and Responsibilities

There is no defined role for leadership in most local communities in Liberia. As such LDS is working to strengthen the capacity of targeted project community leaders to ensure that they function properly. During the period the Salayea, Zorzor integrated community empowerment project conducted refresher trainings targeting 312 participants that brought together 309 participants. Of this number 155 were females while 154 were males. Some topics discussed during the training were; Understanding Leadership, duty and responsibilities of leadership, Taking meeting minutes, and Planning.

 

Act: 2.1 Peace Building and Conflict Resolution

Two days Conflict Resolution and peace building workshop took place in the Palala city hall from the 20th of May to the 21’st 2016.Also in Salayea and Zorzor districts, conflict resolution training workshop took place in Salayea town and Konia towns respectively from May 24-25, 2016. The workshop was facilitated by an external facilitator in person of Professor James Cooper of Cuttington University College, Department of Peace Studies. The Workshop targeted 69 persons from the project communities in Kpaai district, while 150 participants took part in the training from the Salayea and Zorzor districts. A total of 219 people attended from the three districts including 132 females and 87 males. Those that attended the workshop included district authorities, youth leaders, women leaders, community based organization members, and the community development committee members.

 

Participants at the Conflict Resolution Peace building Workshop in Palala

 

 Act:  2.2 Celebration of the International Day of peace

This activity was conducted under the budget in collaboration with the Civil Peace Liberia (CPS).  The activity which is carried out on September 21, of every year, witnessed colorful event during the period under review. The Peace Day celebration for the year 2016 was held in Palala city, Kpaai District on September 21, 2016. Participants who attended the celebration included government officials, District Elders, Paramount and Clan chiefs, Youth groups, Women groups, cultural troop, Schools, the Motorcycle union, Teachers, Representatives of nongovernmental organizations, Football and Kickball teams from  surrounding towns and villages and Palala city as well as Representatives from the Christian and Muslim communities. Attendance at the celebration were  over 500 men, women and children from over seven communities in Kpaai district as well as participants coming from as far as Monrovia and Gbarnga.

 

The president’s proclamation for the day was read by a proxy of the superintendent of Bong County, Mrs. Selena Mapay. The day was climaxed by Football and Kickball matches between teams from Baila town and Palala city.

Highlights of the International Day of Peace – September 21, 2016

 

Act:  2.3 Training on health awareness malaria, HIV/AIDs, hygiene promotion etc.

As LDS continues the integrated community empowerment project, two distinct topics were facilitated under this result during the year under review. The topics include hygiene promotion, and diarrhea.The workshop brought together about 144 lactating mothers and pregnant women in Kpaai district, Bong County. The health awareness on Diarrhea was a day activity in each cluster that targeted lactating mothers and pregnant women and was held from June 20-24, 2016.

Act: 2.4 Train child Focused

 Health clubs in targeted schools within the project communities

Child Focused Health Club workshops were held at three frequencies during the year under review. The workshops were held in the areas  of diarrhea, hygiene and safe drinking water. The activities were conducted on the followings schedules: April 12th to 13th; 2016. The objective of the workshops were to create awareness and enhance the understanding of the child focused club members on the topics outlined above; it significance etc. The workshops were attended by 358 (182, males 176 females).

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, a day diarrhea workshop to increase the knowledge of school age children on health was held with the child focused health clubs from the twenty-four schools of LDS project communities. The workshop was simultaneously conducted in the 24 project communities from June 8 to 9, 2016 and targeted about 360 (180 females & 180- males) students.

 

Safe Drinking Water

In continuation of the Child focused Health Club trainings, two   days awareness in how to keep water safe for drinking was conducted among the CFHCs members from November 23-24, 2016. The total of 384 (185-females & 199 males) students and health instructors attended the workshop.

Despite the shortages of water facilities, the need to drink safe water in and around the project communities is very vital for promoting good health and preventing water borne diseases. This stimulated the Lutheran Development Service, Salayea/Zorzor and Kpaai project to consider it important to create awareness on Safe Drinking water for 50 child focused health clubs in the communities of LDS project interventions. At the close of the awareness meeting, several hygiene kits were distributed to enhance good health practices. The items included: laundry soap 384 pieces, 384 water containers, and 384 drinking cups.

 

Act: 2.5 Facilitate Training for community members on key messages: Human Rights, GBV, Environmental protection etc.

During the month three days awareness workshop on Gender Based Violence was held in the district. This event took place from May 18 – 20, 2016 with 344 (204 females & 140 males) in attendance. The objective of the Gender Based Violence workshop was to build participants knowledge and skills to identify and be able to respond and prevent incidences of Gender  Based Violence among community’ dwellers. Several topics were discussed including, what is gender based violence, Types of gender based violence, difference between sex and gender, Causes of gender based violence and the, Prevention of sexual gender based violence. Methodologies used in the conduct of the workshops were lectures, dramas group work and presentations. The work shop targeted women, girls, men and boys from each of the 50 Communities in the project area in Salayea/Zorzor and Kpaai.

 

Act: 2. 6 Land reform policy for communities The Land reform policy workshop was conducted in the 24 communities of the Kpaai project intervention for two days from November 17-18, 2016 in Palala town, Kpaai district, Bong County. The two days activities were meant to create awareness among the communities’ inhabitants about the numerous conflicts that are associated with the issues of land in Liberia. The workshop which targeted 60 participants was attended by 68 project beneficiaries to include56 Community dwellers, 6 District officials, and 7 LDS staff.

The objective of the workshop was to train community dwellers, local leaders and staff in land reform policy of Liberia so as to all necessary action that will help curtail land conflict. Land ownership in Liberia is a sticky issue that continues to break up family, friends, relatives and communities. The issue of land has also destroyed lives and properties thus creating animosity among friends and relatives’. Land reform involves the changing of laws, regulations, or customs regarding land ownership. Land reform may consist of government initiated or government backed property redistribution, generally of agricultural land. It is therefore refer to as transfer of ownership from the more powerful to the less powerful, such as from the relatively small member of wealthy owners with extensive land holding. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in relationship between land redistribution, economic growth and the welfare of citizens in a given region. Land reforms Liberia is aimed at improving the poor’s access to land, although their effectiveness has often hindered by political constraints on implementation. The state of Liberia has actually been in the struggle of securing a sound and better land reform policy that seeks to alleviate fears in the owners of land and those without land.

 

At the close of the workshop, participants admonished LDS for this important training. They termed it as very relevant to this era where families no longer regard their relatives’ life on the issues of land. Meanwhile, a call to repeat this training among the entire citizens was raised by the participants. They said it will be very prudent if LDS will repeat this workshop.

Result No. 3 Increase access to Public services by community members

Act: 3. 1 Support community development Initiatives as per MoU

Several communities’ initiatives were supported in Salayea/Zorzor and Kpaai districts during the year under review. The communities include: David-ta, Kapeta, and Dunbar’s farm, Kpalikpala, Seketa and Dahn-yee.

Others communities include, Gizziboiga, Zelaimeh and Zolowo. Some materials donated were: cement, assorted nails, paint, plywood, zinc, white wash, and ceiling tile; mesh wire, zinc nail, steel rod, benches, tables etc. Public services supported are: David-ta- meeting hall; Dahn-yee –Town hall; Dunbar’s farm—meeting hall and Kapeta—Meeting hall; Seketa and Kpalikpala-school buildings. The support to community initiatives is an activity geared toward enhancing community development within the given community. Support is given only to community who initiates their own development by molding their bricks, saw wood, mobilize sand and gravel; hire and pay laborers.

The Lutheran Development Service Liberia gives minimum support to enable project come to completion. This action is meant to allow end user to take ownership of their development.

   David-Ta meeting Hall initiative-04/2016

Kapeta, Dunbar’s Farm and David-ta Communities receiving building materials donated by LDS

Act: 4.1 Create and support Farmer Field School

 

Dunbar’s farm Community Meeting -04/2016

Several farmers’ field schools were created where new farming methods in crop production was taught to famers in the various clusters of the project. One training section was conducted from March 31st to April 5, 2016. The training impacted farmers in new farming technology and was facilitated by an external facilitator, Mr. Joseph K. F. Jorkeh from the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Bong County.

 

The Farmer Field School Workshop was attended by 235-females-165 and 70 males) in the two districts. .

Few supports were given to Yila and Dahnkan farming groups with the below farming inputs. The support was meant to buttress the efforts of the famers that are engaged in large skill production. 50kg of paddle rice, 200 grams, pepper, 2 bags fertilizer, 5pcs shovels, 5pcs file,5pcs pin axe,3pcs digger, 4pcs watering cans,15pcs scratching hoes, 35kg cow peas,1pc decameter ,1 measuring tape, 5pks pre-germ palm seedlings.

 

Act: 4.3 Train farmers in lowland rice production

Two low land rice production groups in Palala and Yila received support during the reporting period. The support was directed to provision of seeds and tools. The supports include 50kg Suakoko rice, 30 pairs of rain booth, 50kg paddle rice, 10pcs shovels, 10pcs pin axe, 5pcs cutlass, 5pcs regular axe, 5pcs regular hoe, 2pcs files and 20pcs scratching hoes.

 

The supports were meant to empowered and encouraged farmers in lowland farming in order to maximize yields and discourage highland farming which leads to cutting down of trees and burning which affect the environment. In this light, farmers w

ill consider one year for hard labors to layout the swamp and do less for the rest of the farming periods. This will curtail the change of location for farmers leaving from one

point to another. The group had the total membership of 72 constituting (48- females & 24- males).

Act: 4.4 Train community based organizations (CBOs) in targeted communities

 Three trainings took place for Community Based Organization members from the ten clusters of Salayea/Zorzor and Kpaai districts. The training took place from April 28 to 29, 2016 in Kpaai district and from May 5-7, 2016 in Lofa County. The total of 300 people took part in the training including 250 females and 50 males. The training involved mostly women and few men who are involved in the village savings and loans associations.

 

4 Act 5: supports Kpaai nursery project

In an effort to ensure project sustainability, the Kpaai integrated community empowerment project has established an oil palm and cocoa nurseries project in Palala, Kpaai district. The initiation is aimed at capacitating the farmers by assisting them with seedling to help them kick start their project in 2017. Initially, the project nursed two thousand and five hundred 2500) cocoa pods (and four hundred and fifty (450) oil palm seedlings. Additionally, the project also planted 96 pieces of yam on mounds. So far the pepper and yam cuttings are doing well, whereas the bitter ball seedlings planted on April 1st has been re- planted due cricket attack which caused damage to the young seedlings on the ground nursery.

 

Act: 4. 7   Bees Keeping

During the month of May 2016, a two day Bee Keeping workshop took place in two venues in the project area. The two venues were Palala and Zoweinta. The Bee Keeping workshop was facilitated by Mr. Spencer Cooper, an expert in bee management from the Bread for the World project. The workshop targeted 112 participants from the project communities including Farmer Field School members, Community Based Organization, Community Development Committee members.

 

Act: 5. 1 Conduct monthly programmatic staff meeting

During this reporting period, the program Officer, Project Managers and finance department met on a monthly basis to discuss matter of relevance regarding the program implementation during the reporting period. During the meetings, updates from various projects are reported for questioning where necessary and any bottleneck encountered are discussed. Briefings are also given by the program Officer regarding decisions taken during management meetings. The meetings also review financial reports for correction where necessary. Above all, reports, settlements, quotations and work advances are submitted for probing by the finance office and program departments. The meetings enables the participants to review past meeting minutes, correct and consider finding way forward that could bring about improvements in the program implementation.

 

Act: 5. 2 Environmental training for staff

Training in environmental protection was conducted for staff of the Salayea/Zorzor and Kpaai project. The training was intended to make staff of the project know the importance of the environment in the work they are involve in the local communities. When the staffs are trained, they will in turn train the CBO farmers to know how to manage their environment well and promote the sustainability of the forest and the important role trees play in sustaining their livelihoods.

 

 

VUNERABLE COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT-2016

LDS is currently working in a total of sixteen (16) communities under the vulnerable community project. The third phase of the vulnerable community empowerment project started February 2016 and ended January 2017. The activities of the project include but not limited to agriculture production in all of the communities, small infrastructure construction such as latrines, hand pump wells, and piggery.

 

For proper and effective program implementation, the sixteen (16) communities of the project were segmented into clusters with each community empowerment Facilitator assigned each to a cluster. A cluster consist of three or more communities that were grouped together to make easy access for the community empowerment facilitators to visit.  The project was implemented in six districts (6) in two counties. The counties are Bong and Margibi counties. The districts targeted in Bong County are, Suakoko, Salala, Jorquelleh, and Fuamah. The districts in Margibi are Gibi and Kakata. The communities targeted in Bong County are Handi, Popota, Zeanzu, Jangbata, Phebe Airstrip, and Lofa high way, Vanyanga, Gberyilata, Moabata and Wainsue. The Communities in Margibi are Nyankata, Kowata, Bonolon-ta, Gberyilata and Bulonmu.

 

The Vulnerable project phase III employed a total of five staff to include 4 community empowerment facilitators (CEF) and one project manager. Several workshops were conducted to empower the project  participants improve their living standards  and their livelihoods which was reduce as a result of a long period of war in Liberia. The workshops included, agriculture, microfinance, and community empowerment for the members of the Community based organizations (CBOs).The piggery constructed by LDS for project participants in Handi, Bong County and stock with five piglets in 2015has increase to a total of 35 pigs. In addition to these, two latrines and two hand pump wells were constructed in four of the project communities to include Handi, Bonolon-ta, Moipata and Wainsue town.  Also during the period, several tree crops seedlings including palm and cocoa were distributed to several communities along with fertilizer to enhance the good growth of the seedlings.

 

Major activities undertaken during the reporting period- Training Workshops

CBOs in Training workshop

 Several trainings were conducted for CBO members in the sixteen (16) communities of the project.  The trainings included agriculture, microfinance and leadership. The workshop was conducted in each community by the community empowerment facilitators. The trainings targeted 350participants from the 16 communities and were conducted in each community so that every group member could partake by attending on scheduled days.

 

The group leaders were schedule on separate days while the entire group attended on separate days to incorporate everyone to give their views and ask their leaders questions. A total of 100 females and 158 males were in attendance making 258.00 participants in all. Another training conducted during the period was the business management training for the CBO members. The training help the farmers properly recorded the sales of crops grown on their farms. The workshop targeted 300 participants from the 16 community based organizations (CBOS) of the project. The workshop participants included 200 females and 100 males making a total of 300 in all. The training was conducted in September, 2016 in the four clusters of the project. Some of the targeted CBO members could not attend due to the intensity of the farming season and other farming engagements such as the KUU system that is present in all of the project communities.

 

Construction of Hand Pumps and Latrines –Support was provided to four of the communities under the vulnerable project. The communities included Handi, Bonolon-ta, Moipata, and Wainsue. These communities benefitted from latrines and hand pump wells. In Handi, one latrine was constructed for the community, in Moipata anther latrine was also constructed for the community. In Bondo lonta, one hand pump well was constructed for the community, while in Wainsue one hand pump well was also constructed at the school as requested by the community because they felt that the school yard was the ideal place for the community pump. These structures are in place and helping the communities with clean drinking water and solving some of the numerous sanitation issues face by the people. The hand pumps and latrines are being maintained by the CBO members in whose communities these infrastructures were constructed.

 

CEF training CBO farmer to plant oil palm tree

Maintenance of Cocoa and palm–Several seedlings of cocoa and oil palm that were distributed to communities under the vulnerable community project in the two counties during the month of August and September 2016 are presently being maintained in the various fields. A total of thirteen (13) towns from the sixteen communities targeted under this project benefitted from the distribution.  A total of 1,720 palms and 1,638 cocoa seedlings were distributed during the exercise. The communities were selected based upon the availability of land to plant the tree crops which are life trees.  The seedlings were distributed along with fertilizers to enhance their growth. At present, the seedlings are growing well in the field.

 

Microfinance activities–Microfinance activities continued in the various communities of the project in the village savings and loans schemes. A total of 12 out of the 16 targeted project communities are carrying out the village savings and loan schemes (VSLA). The scheme helped villagers and community members’ access money during the year through borrowing to carry out activities intended to enhance their daily lives. As a result of the loan scheme, a total of $LD2, 234,250.00 was raised as savings by the 12 groups during the period under review. Share out is done at the end of every year to enable members buy Christmas gifts for their family members. Christmas is the most celebrated season of the year in Liberia.

 Cultivation of Land-   The major activities being undertaken by communities under the vulnerable project is agriculture. Food insecurity has been identified as one of the major problems faced by rural communities in Liberia; major emphasis has been place on agriculture as a means of encouraging farmers grow more food to reduce the level of malnutrition seen in communities. During the period under review, all of the communities planted crops ranging from pepper, rice, bitterballs, cowpeas, and cassava which they harvested and sold some thereby raising money for their various groups which they gave out to members as loan. At present, most of the groups are clearing areas for their summer vegetable gardens where they will grow cabbage, corn, water melon, cucumber and other nutritious crops.

Visit of LCL/LDS partners to Liberia

In 2016, delegation from ELCA, ELCB and COS, partners of the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia visited Liberia and went on the field to visit some of LDS projects in Bong and Lofa counties just before the LCL Partners in Mission Meeting in Monrovia. Below is a group photo of partners and LCL members after the LDS meeting in Monrovia.

 

LUTHERAN TRAINING INSTITUTE- SKILL TRAINING PROGRAM – 2016

The 2016 cycle of the Vocational Training Program at LTI in Salayea, Lofa County started with registration which began on April first, 2016 and ended April 15, 2016.At the end of the registration, a total of 78 students were registered. Of this number, 63 were males and 15females. As a result of drop in funding to the program due to the rate of exchange between the Swedish Crown and the US dollars, the program operated only 4 departments, namely Agriculture, Auto-mechanics, Building Trade and Electricity.  The 2016 program serve as a transit point for the skill training program at LTI. This was the last cycle for the program cycle that has been ongoing since 2005.

 

Classes for the training cycle begun on April 26, 2016 with 80 students registered under the four (4) departments that were offered during this cycle. Of the 80 students registered, 63 were males while 17 were females. During the cycle a total of seven students dropped from the program for different reasons ranging from family support challenges to illness. At the end of the cycle, a total of 67 students were graduated on December 18, 2016 on the campus of the Lutheran Training Institute in Salayea, Lofa County.

 

ORIENATION: The orientation activities for the 2016 training cycle begun on April 15, 2016 `and ended on April 30, 2016. The orientation was aimed at informing the incoming students about the layout of LTI campus, how to get around to their classes, dining hall, trade shops, dormitories,, bathrooms, latrines and the activities to be undertaken by the school and the students during their stay on the camps for the duration of their training. Other issues discussed with the students during the orientation period included the rules and regulations of the school, the student hand book as well as other issues of importance that will affect their stay on campus. Classes for the training cycle begun on April 26, 2016 with 80 students registered under the four (4) departments that were offered during this cycle. Of the 80 students registered, 63 were males while 17 were females. During the cycle a total of seven students dropped from the program for different reasons ranging from family support challenges to illness.

TOOLS & MATERIALS FROM STUDENTS

In order to help augment the extra financial burden caused by the dropped in the rate of exchange f between the United States dollars and the Swedish Crown, and help offset the training tools budget, each student was asked to bring along with them during registration for the 12th cycle, 2 pieces of tools each, as needed to do the training of their choice and the rest was provided by LTI according to the budget funded by the church of Sweden.

 

TRAINING MATERIALS

Assorted training tools and materials were procured for the four departments according to the budget.  The second-hand vehicle purchased for use by the Auto department for training purpose along with a portable electric welding machine for use by the Auto department is still in used. During registration for the training cycle students were asked to bring along some common tools used for their training, as result, the school was able to save money to buy needed items for the other departments whose needs could not have been met by the budget.

All of department heads were involved with the identification, selection and procurement of tools and materials for the departments operation.

 

Agriculture Department

The agriculture department registered 18 students (9 males &9 females).It is the only department that have a Teaching Assistant that is helping the teacher with practical activities. This department commenced its training activities in April like all the other departments of the institution. Topics discussed during the period included Introduction to vegetable production, Introduction to swamp development, Swine management. Other topics taught included vegetable site selection, field layout and preparation, nursery construction and seeds sowing.  These topics were taught both theoretically and practically with the involvement of all members of the class. At LTI skills training school, work is done 6o% practically in the field and 40% theoretically in the class room.

                LTI Agriculture Students

 

Auto –mechanic

The Auto department registered 19 students for this training

Auto mechanic students in practical session

cycle and 17 were male and 2 females. Activities of the department were very good this year with students helping to carryout routine mechanical work on the campus. The department went into full swing with members of the department being very instrumental in the repairs of the campus generator. Notwithstanding, the theoretical aspect of the course was taught while awaiting the procurement of training tools which was done before the close of the year. During the period, the following were theoretically and practically taught, safety rules in the work place, history of Automobile, tools and measurement, introduction to automobile, the major components of the vehicle: engine, power train, break & steering system and driving a vehicle.

Electricity

Electricity students in theory class

The electrical department received 16 students; all of them males. All of them were in full attendance. Some instructional lessons covered during the period included, general electricity, safety rules and practices, hand tools care and usage, Electrical instruments and measurement, Lighting process; single pole switch controlling lamp in series and parallel circuit, double pool switch controlling two or more lamps in a circuit, lighting circuits controlled from two locations etc. Like the other departments of the school, this department also carries out 60% practical activities with 40% theory. This is done in order that the students learn and practice more hands on work.

 

Building trade Department

The building trade department is a combination of the carpentry and the masonry department. This was done as a result of the drop in funding from our donor partner, the church of Sweden during the reporting period. The department registered 24 students with 4 being females and 20 males. Some topics covered during the period included, introduction to building trade (soil types, soil classifications & field assessment, safety rules, measurement (linear, metric and conversion), Cement: types and usage, walls and types of walls, lintels beams, columns etc.

Clinic

The skill training program on LTI runs a campus-based clinic to cater to the health needs of students and staff. This clinic received medical drugs procured by LDS every training cycle to be used to treat students and staff that become ill while on campus. Although the drugs are intended to serve students, especially those of the skill training program, it is being widely use by students of the academic division and other workers of LTI. Drugs purchased during the past training cycles were adequate to take care of the students for every cycle. Today however, the situation has changed owing to the fact that the budget line for drugs has been reduced due to financial constraints. In the wake of such budgetary constraint, the number of persons using the drug has also tripled. Although this report covers the 12th training cycle April 1, 2016- December 31, 2016, it also accounts for drugs that were brought forward from the 11th cycle since students did not used all the drugs that were procured for the last period. A new consignment of assorted drugs was purchased by LDS and send to LTI for use by the clinic in April 2016 when new students were accepted for the 12th cycle of training.

FOOD FOR STUDENTS

During the period under review, assorted food stuff were procured by LDS and sent to LTI for students’ breakfast   and lunch. In addition, cash provision was also made for local soup kind on a monthly basis

 

FIELD GENERATOR

The generator has been in use by the school since 2005. Repair works has been costing the school a lot of money. During this reporting period, the generator based on the campus of LTI which supplies the entire compound with electricity broke down completely. Before now there was a constant breakdown of this generator over the last two years due to the old age of the machine.The13KVA generator intended for the animal fence is the one that is presently being used by the school for the provision of electricity on campus.  LTI is still appealing for help from friends and partners for a replacement of the 35 KVA generators.

 

VEHICLE REPAIR         

Bad condition of Lofa road in 2016

The only vehicle belonging to LTI got damaged while enroot from Monrovia in early 2016 and has not been fixed up to the end of this training cycle. The mechanic assessed it and said that it cannot be repaired. The campus is now without a vehicle. The road to Lofa was damaged during this training period which made it difficult for cars to be able to travel on it. Cars could not easily travel to Lofa. Most movement on the road was on motorbikes.

 

CAMPUS MAINTENANCE

Maintenance work on the compound of LTI has always been done in two folds: structure repairs and general cleanup of the campus, all under the supervision of the maintenance supervisor.   Since the beginning of the period under review, there has been a change in the way the casual workers are assigned. This new arrangement has given the campus a better look. Apart from just cutting grass on the campus, the maintenance department has been instrumental in carrying out   repair works on some of LTI’s buildings. During the period, several spoiled locks were replaced, bathrooms worked on, and the repair of septic tank done. This department also received several materials including tools and safety equipment to enhance their work.

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FARM

In a bid to raise local income to help with the suitability effort at LTI, money was budgeted to carry out agriculture activities that will be sold and proceeds used to help sustained LTI. During the period several crops were planted to include, cowpeas, peanuts, rice, cassava and yam. Agriculture tools were also procured for this purpose. Tools purchased included, cutlasses, files, regular holes, local hole, etc. During the period, a total of 14 acres of land was brushed and planted with the above named crops.

GRADUATION

The 12th training cycle of the LTI skill training program was like the last of the program for the time being. This is the only cycle that came to an end without LDS expecting a new program for the following year. In fact during this phase, because of funding issues, only four trades were offered. The four trades offered were, Agriculture, Auto mechanics, Building trade, and Electricity. The students were graduated in December of 2016 on the LTI campus in Salayea, Lofa County.  A total of 67students graduated from the four (4) disciplines offered by the school for the 2016 academic year. Of this number 15 were females while 57 were males. The graduates were from the various departments, Agriculture -9 females—8 males, Auto Mechanic–2 females-14 males, Building trade–4 females–19 male, Electricity -0 female—11 males- which totals, 15 females and 52 males = 67 students that graduated in 2016. The graduation took place on December 17, 2016 with Hon. Rufus Neuville, Deputy Minister for vocational and Technical education, Ministry of Labor and Youth serving as guest Speaker for the occasion.

 

LTI ANIMAL PROGRAM -2016

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is supporting an animal multiplication program at the Lutheran Training Institute in Salayea district in Lofa County, Liberia. The program has animals such as cattle, chickens; goat and sheep. These animals are multiplied and sold with the aim of raising funds to help run the institution. Agriculture students on the skill training program used the animals to carry out practical trainings in animal husbandry during their stay on the campus.

 

Major Program Results for the Reporting Period

The LTI animal project was managed during the period by three persons to include one assistant supervisor, and two casual workers. The three staff was supervised by the training supervisor of the LTI skill training program. The three staffs employed were paid for their services in the poultry house and cleaning, brushing and maintenance of the animal fence.

LTI procured 300 young broilers to raise and sell to the local market during the first half of the year 2016. However the growth of the chickens did not go well as anticipated by the administration of LTI animal project. The growth of the chickens was stunted due to limited and low quality feed and other sicknesses that attacked the birds. As such the chickens could not be sold with the plan price anticipated during the purchase of the chickens.  The sickness and feed shortage caused a loss of 232 birds leaving only 68 birds to be sold. The 68 birds were sold and the money deposited into the bank. Three cattle were sold for 1,575.00USD during the early part of the year and the money deposited in the bank.

Major Activities undertaken during the reporting period

Feed Supplements

During the reporting period, Apart from the consignment of chickens procure during February, 2016, there was no other major purchase made for this 2016 project as the road got cut off from the rest of the country due to the heavy down pour of rain. Cars could not access Lofa County, only motor cycles which cannot carry heavy load or anything significant. Feed and feed supplements and protein supplements were procured to feed the 300 broilers chicks before the road got totally damaged. The total of 30 bags of chicken feed and assorted medication was procured to feed the chickens.

 

Assorted Medication

A consignment of assorted medication was also purchased for the treatment of animals at LTI (cattle). The cattle were treated on a regularly against internal and external parasites, worms, diarrhea and wounds, while the chickens were treated against infections. Vitamins were also given to some of the animals, especially the chickens and lactating pigs and piglets.

 

As a result of poor outcome the broilers procured during the period, only 68 of the chickens were sold on the local market while 232 died from sicknesses and low quality feed.  For the cattle, there were a total of 14 cows beginning February 2016. However there were three births increasing it to 17, cows at present.

Animal/Product Sale

 

 

 

 

Cows grazing on LTI campus

Duck purchase

 

The ducks and guinea fowls that should have been procured to raise on LTI in the animal project beginning 2016 has not been purchase up to present due to  the bad road condition which prevented cars from traveling to Lofa during most part of the year. The road to Lofa County was damaged as a result of the heavy rains. This is the worst road condition since the past three year. Movements to and from Lofa County has really been a very serious challenge during past years. Now that the roads are dried, LDS will procure the ducks later.

 

Sanitary materials

Materials such as Clorox, soap and insecticide are regularly purchased for use in the animal area as a means of preventing the outbreak of disease. These materials were purchase for the chicken house.

Maintenance of Animal Houses

A small building containing three rooms was constructed to be used for safe keeping of materials to

be sold. This building along with the chicken houses is maintained on a regular basis so as to keep away snakes and grass away from the animal fence.

ELCA delegation visiting LTI piggery

Training of agriculture students

During the period, a total of 20 students were trained in animal husbandry in addition to other courses taught in the agriculture department of the skill training program.

 

Constraints

During the period under review, there were constraints that made activities in the animal area difficult to be properly performed.  Some of such constraints were overcome, however, the animal business is still faced with the below.

  1. The lack of vehicle to take animals and their products to the market and to collect inputs and supplies for the project; and
  2. The very bad road condition which prevented cars from traveling to (LOFA) the project area.

Unexpected Results

As a result of the rainy season, the road leading to Lofa County where the project is located got badly damaged in 2016 more than anticipated and restricted the movement of vehicle and people. This situation led to the shortage of basic commodities on the local market and prevented the project from being fully implemented as the ducks and guinea fowls and their feed could not be bought.

 

Most Significant Changes and Lessons Learned 

The most significant changes and lessons learned during the period was the reduction in the budget of the animal project by our donor. The reduction in the animal budget made LDS to plan and initiate other activities that will help to augment and also the closure of the road leading to the project site which was not anticipated at the time of the writing of the project.

 

ACT Liberia ForumEmergency: Army Worms Invasion in Liberia 2016

 

During the reporting, ACT Alliance Liberia Forum implemented a Rapid Response Project in Bong County where there was an outbreak of Army Worms that led to the destruction of food crops and contamination of safe drinking water.  The outbreak took place in Zota District and later spread into other districts to include  Kpaii, Salala and Sanoyea Districts in Bong County.

 

As the result of the outbreak of these dangerous and distructive worms, ACT Alliance Liberia Forum,  through the Lutheran Development Service  and  in collaboration with the  Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture intervened to combat the outbreak. During the implementation of this project, 5 hand pumps were constructed and 5 hand pumps were rehabilitated respectively. 4 of the hand pumps were constructed in Zota District while 1 was constructed in Salayea District  where there was another serious attached of the army worms. The construction of the pump Salala was requested by Bong County Superintendent, Selena Mappay Also 5 hand pumps were rehabilitated in Zota District.

 

Also as during the period of the outbreak of the army worms, the local people were unable to go on the farms so LDS purchased rice and distributed it to the local population. In addition, chemicals were also purchased and given to the Ministry of Agriculture which was used to spray the worms by  trained staff of the Ministry.  Stipend was also provided for the staff that were doing the  spraying.

 

The Liberia Government expressed thanks and appreciation to the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia for the support provided by LDS to it during the outbreak of the army worms as it was only the ACT Alliance Liberia Forum through LDS that provided support to the Government during this difficult period.

 

New hand humps construction activities during the reporting period in Zota and Salala Districts, Bong County