Program posted by: Self Help Initiative for Sustainable Development (SHIFSD Liberia), Inc.
Posted on: November 3, 2012
Date of Establishment:
SHIFSD was founded in the Central Region of Ghana by a group of Liberian Refugees on November 11, 2000. Today, the organization is duly incorporated as well as accredited (MPEA/NGO/AC#0369) in Liberia and has relocated its office to Monrovia, Liberia.
Head Office Location: Bend & Stop, Bardnersville Estate Road, Monrovia, Liberia
Zwedru Office: In Zwedru, SHIFSD has a functional Field Office located in Boley Community, Sinoe Road , Grand Gedeh County. This office coordinates our work in the southeastern part of Liberia.
SHIFSD envisage a just society free of illiteracy and poverty.
SHIFSD exists to reduce poverty through access to Functional Adult Literacy and Entrepreneurship. We believe that through ensuring access to functional adult literacy and economic entrepreneurship, SHIFSD will be contributing to the fight against abject poverty and the lack of resources which breed social imbalances that lead to conflicts. We believe also that sustainable development is inextricably linked to the active promotion of Human Rights.
Our core values are:
SHIFSD's core program objectives are to:
Expected Outcomes in relation to core program objectives:
SHIFSD currently has 15 full time and over 50 part time staff including one volunteer; many of whom have background in education. The management holds periodic staff meetings to discuss and make decisions; all decision makings are participatory. The organization also has a seven member Board of Directors.
Financial resources (i.e. cash and in-kind donations):
SHIFSD's institutional donors and/or supporters are: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), MIVA/onemen; Stichting INITIAT, Wild Geese Foundation, ZOA Refugee Care Liberia, Norwegian Human Rights Funds (NHRF), Gered Gereedschap, Ibis Liberia, Universal Hope Initiative (UHI) and IREX/WANEP Liberia.
Who does the NGO receive technical support from?
SHIFSD receives technical support from the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Ibis Liberia, ZOA Refugee Care Liberia, National Adult Education Association of Liberia (NAEAL) and IREX/WANEP Liberia.
Overview of projects:
The nature of our programs/projects and day-to-day decisions or choices is informed by our vision. Our areas of intervention are:
a) Functional Adult Literacy (FAL):
SHIFSD's target beneficiaries are: the youth, refugees and women in deprived communities.
SHIFSD seeks out and partners with local and international organizations or institutions with which it shares similar mission.
Achievements: current and past activities highlights:
The number of program beneficiaries rose from 40 to 187 women presently. The program uses the group solidarity model as described by the United Nations Capital Development Fund's (UNCDF) best practices and includes an informal educational component as designed by Freedom from Hunger. However, following SHIFSD's program staff acquisition of knowledge and skills in the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Microfinance Distant Learning Course including the ILO organized Generate Your Business Idea/Start Your Business (GYBI/SYB), and the Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) Training of Trainers' program, SHIFSD integrated the SIYB into its entrepreneurial skills training activities for improved and sustainable impact.
Our main challenges include:
- Lack of long term funding;
- Website administration;
- Completion of the SHIFSD Multipurpose Youth Training Center
Lessons learned based on our experiences:
- A very thorough and well documented baseline survey is always necessary for proper monitoring and evaluation of any serious project since it will be very difficult if not impossible to know how far one has come unless he/she know where s(he) started from;
-Another lesson is that the future of any group of change agents lies on the will, energy, expertise and knowledge of its members, leaders and supporters, and that nothing can change unless their "hearts are in it";
-Project success depends largely on the availability of resources; proper use of meager resources coupled with accountability and transparency; respect for the views, values, cultural beliefs and shared ownership of the project by beneficiaries.
SHIFSD's future plans include but not limited to:
- construction of a multipurpose youth training center to provide Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to vulnerable youths and women; and building of a viable organization that would cope with changing times.
Profile updated March 4, 2013.
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