As I return home to embark upon my peace initiative in Liberia, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my iLEAP family for their continued support and collaboration.
I am thanking them because three years ago, I found myself in a serious situation where I needed a group to help me overcome a challenge to respond to the call of my fellow Liberian war wearied refugees.
In 2008, roughly after 5 years of testing out peace-building and reconciliation work in the Buduburam Refugee camp (Ghana), refugee tribal elders and their traditional leaders called on me and my organization (PCO) to extend our peacebuilding effort in the camp, to Liberia.
This was a huge challenge for me and my group because we needed to be able to first rise above our own fears, pains, and all the traumatic experiences we encountered during the civil war in our country before we could help others to do the same. Secondly, we needed to increase our leadership skills and understanding of how to lead such a critical effort that include rebuilding trust, healing war inherited wounds and effects, and promoting national unity and reconstruction in a post conflict country like Liberia.
In search for solutions, I came to iLEAP in 2009. Since my acceptance, the iLEAP international training programs provided me a better understanding of the concept and principles of the Change Theory. I have also learned more about leadership, digital literacy, social innovation, and the list goes on and on. With these skills, I am now able to rise up above whatever personal experiences or trauma I may have encountered, to see the bigger picture of things. I am confident that my team and I will be able to organize and mobilize our targeted communities to take on positive social change through our peace-building efforts.
With these skills, I feel more prepared to take on the elders’ call for me and my group to establish a national peace building and reconstruction initiative.
I’d like to therefore thank the iLEAP family for their support. Especially, I’d like to thank Prof. Britt Yamamoto and the iLEAP staff and International Faculty around the world. I extend my gratitude to JB and the iLEAP board, Antioch University, and all of iLEAP’s partners. I’ll like to also thank all of our professors who helped to mold our minds.
Finally, I’d like to thank my sweetheart Bet for her continued love and support in all my endeavors and for saying “yes” to me. I’ll be back with you soon.
I will keep you posted