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 raise and mentor selfless, patriotic Christian Leaders who are critical thinkers with the life skills to transform Liberia.
OUR GOAL FOR LIBERIA BY 2030
Our goal is 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 sustain the center.
To complete and launch the Change Agent Network University (CAN-U) located in Fissibu Town, Zorzor District, Lofa County, Northern Liberia.
IMPACT OF OUR WORK IN 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 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.
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.