Gbarnga — Sundayboy Kolorwhen, 52, described himself as an agent of peace following his 15-week coaching in Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS) subsidized by way of ZOA and the Angie Brooks International Centre.
As a former fighter of the civil struggle in Liberia and any person considered a violent individual by way of locals in Forquelleh, the daddy of 4 kids informed FrontPageAfrica he is been resolving disputes in his group since finishing the educational.
“I was very bad in my community and everyone had problem with me. But the CBS has helped to change me. Today, I am helping to solve disputes in my community. I have become one of the community leaders,” he mentioned.
Also, S. Aloycious Kollie, a facilitator of this system, mentioned this system has given them the correct figuring out of violence and that it is just in a calm surroundings that building can come.
He mentioned the CBS has helped youths to de-emphasize all acts which might be in a position to inflicting hatred and dissaffection among the folk. “We want to say a big thank you to ZOA and Angie Brooks International Centre for providing the opportunity to us (youths, residents of Bong County) to denounce violence. What we learned over the period will leave a lasting legacy not only for us but our children,” he mentioned.
The CBS program is a researched and authorized technique that is helping voters to broaden abilities to maintain aggravating pressure, to foster forgiveness and empathy, to get to the bottom of struggle and to construct consecutive relationships inside of households.
ZOA’s ‘Contributing to Reconciliation via Enhanced Co-existence, Resilience and Civic Engagement and Responsibility undertaking performed in Bong, Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties has made important affects all the way through the three-year duration, keeping up non violent co-existence amongst citizens as a part of executive’s nationwide building schedule, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
Co-financed by way of the European Union, the undertaking started in 2020 and resulted in December of 2022, the results of the undertaking inquisitive about “improved mental health, psychological well-being and social relations” between Liberians within the 3 affected counties.
The legitimate last program of the undertaking, held on the Gbarnga Administration development on December 14 introduced in combination 53 members, together with undertaking beneficiaries, county leaders and native leaders from the undertaking communities within the 3 counties.
Remarking all the way through this system, ZOA Liberia Country Director, Jaap van Kranenburg liked the European Union for making the finances to be had for the undertaking.
Mr. van Kranenburg additionally thanked the Angie Brooks International Centre and all 21 collaborating spouse civil society organizations, together with give a boost to workforce and group participants for accepting the undertaking of their quite a lot of communities.
The ZOA Liberia Country Director on the similar time lauded the Liberian executive and native officers within the undertaking affected counties for his or her heat give a boost to to ZOA and the Angie Brooks International Centre, which he mentioned ended in the a success implementation of the undertaking.
For his section, the chairperson of ZOA Bong County CSO community, Prince Cooper, highlighted the affect of the undertaking on their quite a lot of establishments via capability development.
Mr. Cooper mentioned the undertaking a great deal helped other CSOs in Bong County to fortify on their proposal writing and organizational control abilities.
He thanked ZOA, the Angie Brooks International Centre and the European Union for the undertaking.
Also talking, Grand Kru County Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Teddy Gbowoe, thanked the donor (EU) and the imposing companions (ZOA & the Angie Brooks International Centre) for taking this kind of worthy undertaking to his County.
He mentioned the affect of the undertaking is visual in Grand Kru County, in particular within the space of land struggle solution.
“Grand Kru is one of the counties with a very high number of land conflicts in Liberia, but with the help of this project, we can clearly see a huge reduction in those cases,” he mentioned.
“We look forward to seeing more of such initiative in Grand Kru and possibly across the entire country particularly rural communities in order to sensitize our people,” he concluded.