WHO WE ARE
Change Agent Network is a Christ-centered registered 501 c (3) nonprofit organization which goal is to transform the entire nation of Liberia through Education, Mentorship, Sustainable Development and the Hope of the Gospel.
To connect underserved Liberian Communities with Global Partners to launch locally sustainable schools to break the cycle of poverty through education in Liberia.
A New and Better Liberia that is Free of Corruption, Physical, Mental, Relational and Spiritual Poverty.
Illiteracy and Poverty in Liberia.
Liberia is a country in West Africa which was founded in the 1800s, established, colonized, and controlled by citizens of the United States and ex-Caribbean slaves as a colony for former African American slaves and their free black descendants. The constitution and system of government of Liberia were modeled on that of the United States. Liberia's first constitution was written by Professor Simeon Greenleaf of Harvard Law School in 1847. Liberia’s population is 4.5 million which is about the size of the state of Ohio.
LIBERIA, A NATION FACE WITH OVERWHELMING CHALLENGES
Average age in Liberia is 18 years
Second poorest country in the world
85% unemployment rate
$100 per month minimum wage
1 in 4 Liberian children can read a sentence
lowest enrollment rate of children in school in the world
60% Literacy rate
Fewer than 40% of children complete primary education. Liberia has been majorly affected by the recent civil wars (1989-1996), government mismanagement, and the recent Ebola breakout in 2014.
Holistic Christian Education
To connect with Liberians and global partners to launch locally sustainable schools to break the cycle of poverty through education in Liberia.
To help Liberian parents raise and mentor selfless, patriotic Christian Leaders who are critical thinkers with the life skills to transform Liberia.
OUR GOAL FOR LIBERIA BY 2030
Project 15 is our goal to provide affordable quality Christian education to underserved children in Liberia by building a holistic Christian education center in each of the fifteen (15) counties of the country, border to border by 2030. Each center to provide academic and vocational, as well as education technology programs encompassing Nursery through Grade 12 with dormitory facilities, medical centers and agribusiness to make each center self-sustaining.
To complete and launch the Change Agent Network University (CAN-U) located in Fissibu Town, Zorzor District, Lofa County, Northern Liberia.
List of progress made thus far in Liberia:
17 Years invested in educational and sustainable development work
Over 3.5 million dollars raised for charity, the Gospel, education & developmental work
Shipped 14 forty foot containers of educational, medical, Christian Literatures & relief supplies
Built 14 schools in 6 counties
Educating over 3,000 underserved children
200 employees on payroll nationwide
Graduated more than 2000 students
Built and donated 9 houses to homeless families
Taken over 100 global partners on short term mission & volunteer impact trips
CAN seeks a one-time high impact donation from Entrepreneurs, Business and professional people, Corporations, Organizations and Churches to build locally sustainable schools to break the cycle of poverty through education in Liberia, West Africa.
The local community donates the school land, volunteer their time and services to build, oversee and locally sustain their own school.
CAN provides the expertise in legally processing the school land documents, hiring and training the locals to build, operate and financially sustain their own school. Parents and students pay minimum school fees either in cash or in local resources e.g. cash crops and livestock (our educational barter system for Liberia)
OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY SCHOOL MODEL
After the school is built, it is sustained locally through the following programs:
Our Low Cost School Fees Payment Plan
Our lowest school fees nationwide for students in Nursery through grade 6th is $50.00 US Dollars per year and the highest school fees for students in grade 7th through grade 12th stands at $180.00 US Dollars per year. Parents and students have four installments to pay their school fees according to the following percentages:
1st installment 40%
2nd installment 25%
3rd installment 20%
4th installment 15%
Our Educational Barter System
We realized that over 70% of the parents and school children we serve in rural Liberia, don’t have access to US Dollars, foreign currencies nor local Liberian Dollars. This is because they operate under a different economy. Their livelihood and permanent income come from their farmland e.g. cash crops and livestock. These parents and students are therefore, given the opportunity to pay their school fees in livestock and cash crops instead of physical cash e.g. bag of beans, rice, bag of charcoal, Goat, Pig etc. This is our Educational Barter System in which we take what they have to give them what they need. The ultimate goal is for everyone to have a skin in the game and to educate people on the dignity of work because the medicine for poverty is hard work.
We normally take these items at 10-20% cheaper rate than the regular market prizes because we are the ones taking all the risks involved, such as doing all the work in taking care of the animals and cash crops as well as finding a way to sell or raise them which has extra cost and time consuming.
The items collected from parents and students as school fees, are converted into cash by selling them to hotels, restaurants and local market people in big marketplaces in the cities or towns. We have some men and women in our Village Saving Microloan Club and Pay -it- forward Corporative Group who have their children in our school that we hire go and sell these things for the school on a commission basis. The security we have to get our money back is their children’s report cards and other credentials from the school. We also have copies of their land titles and the legal binding agreement with the school signed by a influential person serving as a guarantor. The cash reported from the sales of these things are used for operating the school and payrolls. We also sell some of the livestock and cash crops to our employees on a salary deduction basis over a flexible period of time with special payment plans. We raise some of the animals and livestock on the school’s farm land to increase production and bring in extra revenue.
INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP TEAM OF EACH SCHOOL
CAN is a hand-up not a handout organization. We strongly believe in local community involvement and commitment to finding solutions to their own problems. Everyone must have a skin in the game; the donor, the receiver and our organization CAN, each has a critical part to play. Our entire program in Liberia, West Africa, is under the leadership and management of the Liberian people themselves. The goal is to ensure that Liberia is transformed by the Liberian people themselves for the good of all Liberians specially the struggling children to the glory of God. We have therefore, developed a local-all-Liberian Leadership and business management teams that handle all of our programs in Liberia.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God.
We believe in one God, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that through divine creation, in the space of six days, all life and matter came into being.
We believe that by one man, Adam, sin entered the world: that all mankind is therefore lost; and that for salvation of the lost, regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is absolutely necessary.
We believe in the deity, virgin birth and miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin: that He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to the right hand of the Father, from whence He will return in power and glory.
We believe in justification by faith alone, realizing it is impossible for man, through works, to please God or save himself.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved into everlasting life and the lost unto eternal punishment and damnation.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers within the body of Christ.
We believe in the sanctity of human life with life beginning at conception. God, Alone, has the power over life and death.
We believe marriage to be ordained by God and established to be between one man and one woman as biologically defined at birth.
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.