WHO WE ARE
Change Agent Network is a registered 501 c (3) nonprofit organization which goal is to transform the entire nation of Liberia through Education, Sustainable Development and the Hope of the Gospel.
To connect under-resourced Liberian Communities with Global Partners to launch locally sustainable schools to break the cycle of poverty in Liberia.
A New and Better Liberia that is Free of Corruption, Physical, Mental, Relational and Spiritual Poverty.
Our Brief History
During the Liberian civil war in 1990, Eric was captured as a child by rebels, and was then beaten, tortured and left to die. Miraculously, he escaped and spent 14 years living in 11 different refugee camps. In 2002, around age 23, Eric was given a computer by a friend of his. He learned how to use the computer and began training other refugees from all over the continent of Africa. Eric has impacted the lives of many across the world and has established Change Agent Network from the origins of that one single desktop computer. In 2006, the U.S. Government, through a refugee resettlement program, brought Eric to America.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK IN LIBERIA
We have successfully built 14 schools in 6 counties of Liberia. We are presently educating over 3,000 underserved children in Liberia. There are 200 employees on payroll nationwide. Within the past 7 years, Change Agent Network has graduated more than 1,400 students, many of which have become meaningful contributors to society. One such student is Jerolimic Piah, the current Liberian Presidential Press Secretary.
HOW OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL WORKS
CAN provides the expertise in training the locals to build, operate and financially sustain their own school using local resources.
Global partners or friends of Liberia make a one-time high impact donation to purchase building materials and startup capital to launch the school.
The local community donates the school land, volunteer their time and services to build, oversee and locally sustain their own school.
OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY SCHOOL MODEL
The school is self-sustained through our daily low cost school fees payment plan. This plan uses a system in which a card is issued to every student and parent to track semester educational cost broken down into daily cost based upon economic prospects of the school environment . The vast majority of parents and students live on a day-to-day basis, this gives them a simplified, easy and durable daily flat rate payment plan. The payment card creates 100% transparency and accountability between the school administration, parents, guardians and students.
"Using local resources to sustain education in Liberia”
At each of our school in Liberia, we enable parents and students who don’t have physical cash to pay school fees to do so by using local resources readily available to them i.e. Livestock and Cash Crops. (The New Educational Barter System for Liberia)
The items collected from parents and students are converted into cash and used for operating the school. We also sell some of these items to our employees on a salary deduction basis and the public as well as raise some of the livestock for business reproduction purposes.
STAGGERING STATISTICS OF LIBERIA
· LOWEST SCHOOL ENROLLMENT RATE IN THE WORLD.
· SECOND POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
· 85% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.
· 84% POVERTY RATIO.
· $100/MONTH MINIMUM WAGE.
· 60% ILLITERACY RATE.
· 41% OF POPULATION UNDER AGE 14TH.
· AVERAGE SCHOOL YEARS FOR ADULTS, 3 YEARS.
· 3/4 LIBERIANS LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE, $1.00 A DAY.
OUR Plan to Transform Liberia Through Education by 2025.
- GOD FIRST: Proverbs 3:6 says, “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success”
- STRONG WORK ETHIC: Encourage and reward people living in poverty who are able and are willing to work very hard to break the back of poverty. We strongly believe that the medicine for poverty is hard work.
- EMPOWERMENT: Giving the struggling Liberian people the opportunity to solve their own problems, help others become useful and productive people. Each person to take initiatives and make decisions to improve services and performance, determine their own destiny and the future of their children and country.
- SELF- SUFFICIENCY: To ultimately use local resources to sustain our programs for underserved people in Liberia by providing and putting into place Agricultural businesses, goods and services to generate enough funds to cover reoccurring operating cost and maintenance of infrastructures.
- SELFLESSNESS: To humbly serve the needy above self - interest and ambitions.
- INTEGRITY: To be genuine and trustworthy in our work and services to humanity.
- EXCELLENCE: To serve the less-privileged with excellence in everything we do.
- GOOD STEWARDSHIP: To be faithful stewards of the resources God and other people have entrusted into our hands.
- COMMUNITY: To establish a culture of shared values, purpose, mission and vision.
- RELATIONSHIP: To build a relational organization.