Building from the roots up, our hopes, our dreams, our livlihoods, our destinies, the Christian Association for Regional Development cares about regional development in West Africa.
Poverty and lack of economic growth in the African region has grown tremendously in the last decades. Families in turmoil, Early teenage school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence and much more are all plights that afflict West Africa.
In August, we in CARD Europe realised that the situation in Liberia with regards to Ebola was getting worse and worse. We experienced that our colleagues in CARD Liberia were afraid for their lives, people died in the streets, schools and gatherings closed indefinitely, and normal business and activities had to stop in Monrovia, the capital.
Dance Ebola Away - Amsterdam
On 24th of January. CARD Europe, in partnership with several Liberian organisations in the Netherlands, arranged “Dance Ebola Away” in Amsterdam, for the purpose of raising funds for providing Ebola protective kits and otherwise helping people in Liberia. This was the third event arranged for this purpose by CARD since its fight against Ebola started autumn 2014.
LIBERIA HIT HARD
Combined with an almost 15 year long civil war, Liberia was hit very hard. Large parts of the population were displaced as refugees, many of them still have not returned, their homes and businesses destroyed. Jobs are scarce with an unemployment ration of 85% as a consequence. The education system is in ruins. Many schools were destroyed or damaged and are in need of repair. The quality of the educational system is of great concern.
Run Ebola Out - Oslo
The event was arranged October 11 at thee community house at Jar, near Oslo, where we were fortunate to have the venue for free for the event. Press release was sent to all major media, including TV and radio in advance, and we managed to get an interview in a radio program.
In a situation where people were largely left to manage on their own, we considered information and protective kits to be some of the most efficient ways of containing Ebola. However, during the dark hours the identification and treatment of people could be a challenge, as well as to use the protective kits. Particularly challenging for those being quarantened due to risk of Ebola. Lights would therefore be invaluable.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been eradicated and people live in dignity and security. CARD will be a global force and a partner of choice within a worldwide movent dedicated to the ending of poverty. We will be known for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people. The cards we are dealt in life are not the cards we have to live with. Change must come from within us, the will and right to live in a safe and secure world.
Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP)
Brenda Brewer started this initiative in September 2014 when she was tutoring her two boys at home and felt that other kids in her community were just as idle but lacked the basic educative supplies and tutoring to keep their minds engaged due to economic constraints. Brenda started putting together ‘educational packets’ based on grade levels and started delivering these packets personally door to door in the various communities in Monrovia.