Liberia Programs

The solutions to Liberia’s greatest challenges can come from within Liberia.

Life is extremely challenging in Liberia due to high poverty levels, post-war trauma and economic struggles. More recently, the Ebola virus epidemic caused further suffering: over 4,800 people died and many more were affected and are struggling to rebuild their lives. Even before the civil war Liberia was already one of the poorest countries in Africa – no good infrastructure, poor educational systems etc. Currently around 82 per cent of people live in poverty. Many basic services such as safe drinking water, sanitation and a public power supply are unavailable. Eighty-four percent of the population lives below the international poverty line (1.25 U.S. dollars/day). The frequency of negligent and violent acts, including sexual abuse, against children is very troubling. Infrequently punished, harsh treatment is largely widespread especially within the family, and bodily harm towards children is not formally forbidden at school or home. 70 percent of rape victims are mostly girls from 10 years of age to 16. Many of them do not testify from fear of being rejected by their family and community. Young boys and girls find themselves in stressful and potentially dangerous situations without any means of defense.

Agriculture

Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people get their food and income by farming small plots of land about the size of a football field. Most of them barely get by—struggling with unproductive soil, plant diseases, pests, and drought. Their livestock are frequently weak or sick. Reliable markets for their products and goods information about pricing are hard to come by, and government policies rarely serve their interests well. These factors, in turn, put millions of families at risk for poverty and hunger as well as malnutrition—the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality.

Our goal is to help farming families in Liberia and across Africa increase production in a sustainable way, and sells more crops locally and internationally, is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty over the long term. We believe when farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able to feed their families, send their children to school, provide for their family’s health, and invest in their farms. This makes their communities economically stronger and more stable.

Our Strategy

Agricultural Development is one of the primary focus of Delano King Foundation in Liberia, and across West Africa. By partnering with donors, investors, US farmers and other for-profit organizations, we will be able to provide farmers with the right equipments that will enable them to produce more food. Our approach will be base but not limited to the following principles:

1. Listening to farmers and addressing their needs

We will talk to farmers about the crops they want to grow and eat, as well as the unique challenges they face. We will partner with organizations that understand and are equipped to address these challenges.

2. Increasing farm productivity

We will partner with governments, nongovernmental organizations, traditional and emerging donors to support a comprehensive approach to helping farmers prosper that includes access to healthier seeds, more effective tools and equipments, and farm management practices, and we will serve as hub to reliable markets both locally and internationally.  We will also advocate for agricultural policies that support farmers in their efforts to better feed themselves and their communities.

3. Access and markey systems

We will support efforts to get new and appropriate tools and farming practices into the hands of farmers. This includes improved seeds and access to better soil, water, and livestock solutions. We will also work with farmers’ organizations to help farmers hone their business management skills, gain greater purchasing power and marketing leverage, and improve their crop and resource management skills. Additional priorities include helping farmers improve their storage and post-harvest activities, meet quality and quantity commitments, link to large-scale and reliable markets, and establish partnerships with buyers, processors, and farmers’ organizations.

4. Strategic partnerships and advocacy

To achieve our goal of sustainable agricultural productivity, our strategy will rely on strong partnerships with donor countries, multilateral institutions, private foundations, and other organizations. Our goal is building partnerships with countries which have developed their own agricultural sectors through technological and policy innovation and are increasingly important to agricultural growth in Liberia and other countries where we will be working. Through our advocacy efforts and investments, we will seek innovative solutions to agricultural policy challenges and we will work to foster the political will and public support to solve them. Our overall goal is to ensure that donor and developing-country investments and policies support sustainable farmer productivity.

Clothing Support

“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” – Matthew 25:36

The Crisis

There are 2.1 million children under the age of 18 living in Liberia. Decades of conflicts and the recent Ebola epidemic have negatively affected the lives of children – many have been displaced from their home and lost parental care. Less than 68 per cent of Liberia children finish primary school. In many cases the parents can’t afford the extra costs – transport, clothing, school books and materials – of schooling.

Our Approach

Our goal is to provide clothing assistance to poor children and families in Liberia and across Africa. We accept donation of used clothes, shoes, and other household stuff like computer, and mattresses that are in good condition. When you donate your used clothes, shoes, and mattresses to DKF, you create an opportunity for poor children and families in Liberia, and across Africa to smile, and appreciate the goodness of God. Jesus instructed us to clothed the naked – “I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:36).

How to Donate

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff

Walk around your home and collect items you and your family no longer need — shirt, pants, dress, shoes, toy, computer, children cloths, etc.

Step 2: Give Them A Look Over

Donating items that are in working condition, contain all their pieces and parts, and are free of stains and rips is the best way to ensure that your donation do the most good. While we accept most clothing and household items, there are a few things we can’t accept – such as items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards.

Step 3: Schedule A Pickup Date

To schedule a pickup date, go to our form and complete the requested information. You can also email pickup@delanokingfoundation.org or call Andrew Harris at 267-333-4968. Our Pickup Service will collect tax-deductible contributions of usable clothing and household items right at your curb.

Taxes and Your Donations

When we pick up your donations, you’ll receive a receipt from a donation attendant. Hang on to this receipt – at the end of the year, you can claim a tax deduction for clothing and household items that are in good condition. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service requires you to value your donation when filing your return.

Community

In villages, towns, and cities across Liberia, the fabric that holds many communities together is threatened by poverty, conflict and isolation. Hope for the future can feel elusive as heavy problems relentlessly bear down on families. Our goal is to invests in community development across Liberia to strengthen the ties that connect people.

Our programs will improve family livelihoods by creating hundreds of jobs in construction, civic planning, health, education, tourism, and more. At the same time, we will help both women and men entrepreneurs with loans for their small businesses and deliver training programs that improve job skills. With your support, we will construct parks and playgrounds to give families beautiful, safe places to come together and socialize. Sports programs and facilities offer youth from different backgrounds the chance to interact and learn teamwork. Trash clearing and recycling inspire volunteers to take control of a bad situation and turn it around for all their neighbors. Artistic expression builds a shared humanity while giving voice to individuals.

Education

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Crisis

Liberia has the world’s lowest literacy rate.Many poor families don’t have the means of sending their children to school. The public education system is poorly funded and in many cases dysfunctional, while most private schools charge high tuition fees that the majority of Liberians cannot afford. Many young people are thus unable to complete elementary school. Around 50 pupils are in crowded classroom, some students have to stand because of a lack of chairs.

Teachers have difficulty hearing over the noise and there are not enough teaching resources. The range of ages at which Liberian children enter primary school makes it hard to look at primary education for the age-group (6-11) for which the six grades of primary schooling are intended. A large majority of six-year-old Liberian children who should be entering grade one of primary school are still in pre-school education (rather than at the intended age of two or three). Over a quarter of a million 6 to 11-year-old children have never been to school as per UNESCO and UNICEF Out-of-School Study of 2011. FIXING THE BROKEN PROMISE OF EDUCATION FOR ALL The lack of facilities and supplies along with the cost of study is the cause of the low rate of enrollment. If education is officially free and obligatory parents will have to pay for many hidden costs: pencils; uniforms; books; desks; even teachers, who are generally underpaid and undereducated. Parents who don’t have enough money can’t send their children to school.

Our Approach

Our goal is to address this growing challenge by building schools in every cities, towns, and villages across Liberia, and provide FREE education to poor children and families. Our partners,donors, investors and educators from around the globe are working tirelessly to help lifts communities across Liberia by helping poor children break the cycle of poverty through education, understand their full potential, and follow their dreams! We will provide education and academic resources and tutoring to poor children and families of Liberia to increase the literacy rates and increase the number of citizens who have had some formal education. We will do so by providing English, Reading, Math, Science, World History and Art classes/workshops with the support of volunteer educators. Volunteers educatorswill provide training to their Liberian counterpart, and commission them to teach poor children and families in the toughest and poorest communities across Liberia.

Education Assistance

Scissors, paper, pencils, and glue sticks seem like a modest expense. But for children whose parents might barely afford food, new school supplies are a luxury. Many students in struggling families and communities in Liberia will benefit from our free school supply. We will provide backpacks stack with school supplies to children living in poor families and communities.Jesus instructed us to help meet the needs of the least in society (Matthew 25: 45). Your support of this organization allows us to be the hands and feet of hope to thosein need all around the world.

Feeding the Hungry

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa

The Crisis

Most Liberians do not possess the means to meet the needs of their many offspring. Many Liberian children don’t have access to a sufficient and balanced diet. Only one in four has access to drinking water, 40% suffer from malnutrition and one in five is undernourished. These diet deficiencies cause shortages in vitamins and iron, and delays in growth, and sometimes leading to death in the most severe cases. Around 16 percent of households in Liberia are food-insecure and two percent are severely food-insecure. Some people beg in order to feed their family. Many people impersonate being handicapped to beg assistance from others to feed their family.

Our Approach

Our goal is to help cure hunger by establishing satellite Feeding Centers across Liberia, which will allow us to serve weekly nutritional food to poor children and families. Our satellite Feeding Centers will serve as stations in which civilians will be able to come to get nutritional food and fresh water. Our goal is to transport, store, and distribute food and commodities to thousands of the most impoverished people in Liberia, and across Africa.

We work in conjunction with bible believing churches to facilitate this process. We believe through the generosity of donors and the help of volunteers, we will be able to supply enough food weekly to improve the statistics of hunger in Liberia. Your support to this organization allows us to be the hands and feet of hope to those in need all around the world. Jesus instructed us to go into the world and FEED the hungry (Matthew 25:35).

At Delano King Foundation, we use every available resource to help those in our own communities and those in need around the world. In addition, we will also be providing clothing to those in need especially in villages and rural area across Liberia. Through donations, it is our goal to make sure that all poor children, women, men and homeless in need of clothes have clothing items and toiletries.

God Cares

The Crisis

Zogos are perverse citizens of Liberia, mainly youth who are involved in street crimes such as theft, physical attack and harassment of pedestrians. They are mostly found in ghettos, cemeteries, market places, unfinished buildings, liquor shops and on street corners. The main sources of income for zogos are thievery, car loading and begging. The continuous abuse of drugs and other addictive substances is affecting them (zogos) even more. Generally, they are seen and considered as street criminals and thugs in Liberia.

The Life of Paul

Before Saul became an Apostle of Jesus Christ, his primary goal was to eradicate Christians. He was more ruthless in his pursuit of Christians as he believed he was doing it in the name of God. He was considered a religious terrorist. Acts 8:3 states, “He began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.” A miraculous transformation took place in Saul’s life when he encounters Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus, and Saul became known as Paul (Acts 13:9). Paul wrote 13 of the books of the New Testament when he became a new creature through Jesus Christ, and his leadership principles is one of the best. God can save anyone!The remarkable story of Paul repeats itself every day as sinful, broken people all over the world are transformed by God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.Some of these people have done despicable things to others, while some just try to live a moral life thinking that God will smile upon them on the day of judgment.When we read the story of Paul and know what he had done, it is difficult for us to believe that God would allow into heaven religious extremists who murder innocent women and children. Today, we might see people on death row as unworthy of redemption because their crimes against humanity are just too great. Yet we live our lives in a sinful manner, expecting that God will be impressed by the fact that we haven’t killed anyone. The story of Paul is a story that can be told today—he isn’t worthy in our eyes of a second chance, yet to God he is worthy. The truth is that every person matters to God, from the “good, decent,” average person to the “wicked, evil” degenerate. Only God can save a soul from hell. We learn from the life of Paul that anyone can be a humble, powerful witness for Jesus Christ. Arguably, no other human figure in the Bible demonstrated more humility while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as Paul.Acts 20:19 tells us that he “served the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to [him] through the plots of the Jews.” In Acts 28:31, Paul shares the good news of Jesus Christ: “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul was not afraid to tell others what the Lord had done for him.

Our Approach

Most people are like Jesse. They look, but they don’t see. Zogos are considered the black sheep of Liberia. But we believe that God sees things deep within them (Zogos) that others can’t see.God saw a king in a shepherd boy (David). God saw an Apostle in Saul at the time he was eradicating Christians, and most people called him religious terrorist. Just as Saul encountered Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus, we believe Zogos will encounter Jesus Christ through our initiative, deliverance, and they will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why we take pride in serving humanity because we go after everybody or everyone the world has ignored, and bring the good out of them through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we help them understand their God given potential. We will work tirelessly with bible believing churches across the globe to help deliver these men and women (Zogos) from the hands of the enemy through the power of Jesus Christ. We will work to provide them vocational training, and educational assistance, we will provide them with psychosocial support, and help incorporate them back into society. Your support of this organization will allow us to be the hands and feet of hope to Zogos in Liberia, and to those who societies had ignored all around the world.

Handicap Services

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, – Luke 14:12-13

The Crisis

People with disabilities represent 16% of the country’s total population according to the population census performed in Liberia in 2008. Disabled people are often marginalized and discriminated against, making it hard to access the education system, the job market, and health services. People with disabilities have harder time getting their specific needs met. In addition, some disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or missing limbs, are stigmatized, as they are associated negatively with the war.

Our Approach

We offer hope to people who no one else may care about. We provide worthwhile employment to handicapped persons from all walks of life and teaches the word of God in accordance with Christian ethics and principles. Our goal is to set up a rehabilitation clinic to meet the physical therapy and orthopedic care needs of people with disabilities and the victims of the civil war in Liberia. We work to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people; including people with disabilities, especially by facilitating the access of children with disabilities to education. We provide training to teachers in educational techniques adapted to the needs of children and families with disabilities. We will work to provide equipment for people with physical needs such as – Canes, Crutches, Walkers, and Wheelchairs.

Healthcare

The Crisis

The health systems in Liberia are some of the worst world-wide. Hundreds of children and families die from malaria and other diseases daily. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “42% of inpatient deaths are attributable to malaria.” With major issues such as, lack of clinics, few medical doctors and inadequately trained medical professionals, outdated medical technology and medicine, and poor hospital conditions adversely affecting the vast majority of citizens in the country. Due to the lack of healthcare resources, many children and pregnant women don’t have access to hospitals and even less to treatment and medical personnel throughout the country. This explains the elevated mortality rates of infants and mothers—placing them among the highest in the world. Because of the lack of information and means of protection – contraception, medicine to prevent disease transmission from mother to children, close to 1% of the population is carrying the HIV/AIDS virus, of which 6,000 are children. The number of children affected by tuberculosis or malaria is equally disturbing and does not seem to be diminishing.

Our Approach

Our goal is to counteract this by building up the health systems in Liberia; this include building modern day clinics and hospitals in every county, city and village to help save lives and provide adequate health care to the poor. We look to partner with national organizations as well as other for-profit and national nonprofit organizations, to help establish more self-sustaining medical clinics, and to help galvanize funding and support to build new hospitals and clinics to provide free and quality medical care for the poor across Liberia.

Volunteers will be asked to come in and provide quality and professional medical care in addition to training and supervising local staffs.Your support of this organization allows us to be the hands and feet of hope to allin need all around the world.

Orphans

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat”. – Mother Teresa

The Crisis

Over 600,000 people were killed in Liberia’s 16 years senseless Civil War according to governmental statistics. As a result of this, many children lost their parents and were left to grow up on their own. Furthermore, the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic took the lives of almost 10,000 civilians many of whom were parents. 8,000 children in Liberia lost one or both parents to the Ebola virus crisis. Many of these children are left vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence from their own fellow Liberians; and even worst, many of them are left to grow up with no adult support, family, or place to stay. Many of them go to bed hungry daily, and lack safe drinking water. They lack clothes, shoes and educational opportunities.  From both the Civil War and Ebola tragedies, the country has been shattered with broken families and children roaming the cities alone.

Our Approach

DKF is seeking to change the level of care that children receive in institutions across Liberia so every orphan knows just how loved they are! Our goal is to support the orphan population by constructing orphanage homes to provide moral, emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical support including housing support. We are dedicated to being the frontrunners to promote, support, and advocate for justice both socially and economically for orphans, and to raise funds to construct shelters. Your monthly support to our orphan’s program will help ensure they receive the elevated, loving care they need to thrive. This means that orphans will have access to healthy food, medical care, education, and 24/7 loving care they need to grow up happy and healthy. This is truly life changing, and sadly, is not the norm in Liberia and orphanages throughout the world. Your support of this organization allows us to be the hands and feet of hope to orphans in need all around the world. Jesus instructed us to help meet the needs of the least in society. ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’ (Matthew 25: 45).

At the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, 9-year-old Mercy Kennedy watched as the ruthless virus ravaged her mother. She was shunned by her community, Mercy was left with nowhere to go and only her teenage brother, Harris, by her side. After many years of trying to locate these children to provide aid, on November 23, 2017 by the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Robert T. Woart, walked straight to the campus of Mercy Kennedy.

On November 28, 2017, the Delano King Foundation did a formal turnover of the food supplies to the parents and the Children. They received the items with great joy and excitement and extended their heartfelt thanks and appreciations to the Foundation for their timely humanitarian assistance to their family especially in these times of National economic crisis. According to Harris Wreh, the Foundation intervention was timely and Divine.

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Challenges

  • Mercy and Harris are living under a deplorable life condition that needs an urgent response.
  • Harris Wreh does not have a place to sleep. He is staying with some friends, because he does not have a room of his own.
  • Mercy is staying in a single room with her big sister alone with five other persons.
  • Mercy need clothes, slippers, feet wears and educational supplies.

Spiritual Support

We don’t only meets the physical needs of people we serve in Liberia and around the globe but, to also meet their spiritual needs as well. The Delano King Foundation will also serve as a spiritual resource and witness for all of the people we help and serve, by offering them the love of Christ and ministering to them. We believe individuals not only need their physical needs supported but also their spiritual needs. As part of this service is to conduct worship and deliverance service, pray with youth and families and provide bibles as needed.

Sport4 Christ

Sport4 Christ is a Christian sport ministry and a community outreach mentoring program for children and youth under 30 years old. The vision for Sport4 Christ is to use sport as an evangelistic soul winning tool for children and youth in Liberia and across Africa, by creating a friendly and peaceful Christian atmosphere for children to come and play sports for fun, fellowship, learn about Jesus Christ, and eat nutritional food. Sport4 Christ will serve as a hub in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with children and youth in every city, village, town and county across Liberia. It is a free Christian mentoring program for boys and girls in Liberia, and across the globe. Our Sport4 Christ program will bridge cultural, tribal, racial and strict religious differences by bringing the future generation together under a peaceful atmosphere to have good and productive fun in the Lord in playing sports and learning about the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Our Sport4 Christ program will provide all sports equipment and gear – basketball, soccer balls, cleats, jerseys, bibles, food, clothing, shoes, as well as artificial grass field for both boys and girls to play and develop their God-given sport talents and skills for the glory of Jesus Christ. Sport4 Christ will have separate teams consisting of both girls and boys and they will be grouped according to their level of sport sills. There will be Christian mentoring, Bible study, Scripture readings and prayer for various needs and Salvation every day before sport practice begins. Every child will be issue a Bible to take home to memorize scriptures references. There will be free food after each practice every day, scriptures reference to take home and learn (memorize) for the following day’s practice. We work in collaboration with Christian coaches and volunteers from around the globe to join their Liberian /African counterparts to help provide training.

Youth and children with extraordinary skills in their sport of choice and talents will be recruited into our traveling amateur team as missionaries to spread the word of God about Jesus Christ, and to share how Jesus transformed their lives to kids around the world. They will be trained as sport missionaries with scholarships to study in our Christian schools in Liberia and abroad, spreading the Gospel through the gift of sport to tell others about Jesus. This will be the largest Christian sport ministry and the first of its kind on the continent of Africa and millions of people will be touched and save using sport as soul winning tool for the Kingdom of God.

Our vision for Sport4 Christ include but not limited to:

  • Helping children and youth understand the full potential

 

  • Help children and youth understanding their purpose of existence

 

  • Educate children and youth on the important of goal setting and achieving

 

  • Educate children and youth on God’s promises for their lives

 

  • Feed children and youth with the physical and spiritual food – the Gospel of Jesus Christ

 

  • Take children from the streets

 

  • Educate and Empower youth and children

Your giving will help feed, and cloth a lot of children in this program who are in dire need from poor homes and deprived communities here at home, and across the globe.

Vocational Training Center

Not only do we want to expand the educational options and resources for the citizens of Liberia but we also want to expand vocational options and training for the poor, uneducated men, women and adults.  Our goal through our Vocational Training Center Program is to provide career training and opportunities to millions of poor and uneducated children and families; including ex-combatants of the civil war. We will first implement our training via workshops and then expand to share our resources by actually building training centers throughout the country. Through the training center model, citizens will receive job readiness skills through the following hands on training which include but not limited to: Computer Repair and Maintenance, Microsoft Office Suite, Baking & Pastry, Tailoring, Fashion Design, Barbering, Auto Mechanic, Interior Design, Cosmetology,Driving, and more. Training will be on-going throughout the year. Our staffs will work closely with both the Private and Public sector to locate jobs for our graduates and help them in the hiring process.  We will focus our work in some of the nation’s most distressed and undeserved communities, where poverty is high and opportunities are limited.

Youth Empowerment

“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” – Ecclesiastes 11:9

The Crisis

Liberia’s youth is severely affected by the country’s 14-years civil war. During the civil war children and young people constituted the largest group of recruited fighters; now these ex-combatants are part of an entire generation that has never experienced peace in their lifetime. Young people and youth missed out on essential years in education and training resulting in literacy rates estimated at 42% among youth and a serious shortage of skills in many areas of the labor market. Some challenges that prevent youth from entering the labor market include the lack of education and skills due to – insufficient financial resources, overbooked or no schools in the vicinity, teenage pregnancy, no possibilities for childcare for young mothers and social norms that prevent girls from acquiring education.

Our Approach

Every year we host Youth Empowerment Conference to encourage and empower youth on different themes that will expose them to more supports and resources, and encourage them to pursue education, job opportunities and deal with any personal issues they may be facing, which may include but not limited to: feelings of anger, depressions, emotional distress, and abandonment and loneliness. The Youth Empowerment Conference will include speakers such as counselors, pastors, educators and employers to make sure we cover many areas of challenge youths may have. The conference will happen once a year. There will be games, sports activities, concert, workshops and group sessions. Some of the workshops and sessions will include but not limited to “Violence and injustice”, “Education is Important”, “Being a Better Generation”, “Skills Assessment”, “Using Technology” , “Ethnic-Reconciliation” and more.

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