Project Location: Liberia, West Africa

Date of Project: World Water Day March 22 2014

History and Scope of Problem:

Liberia is known to many Americans as the first and only American colony. It is where the freed slaves of America were sent, if they wanted to return to Africa after the Emancipation Proclamation. Liberians considered themselves the “step-children” of America. Liberia’s Capital Monrovia, is named after the US President Monroe, and their flag looks like the American flag, and many streets have familiar names. Home to four million people, the fastest developing nation in Africa until the Civil War erupted, after 100 years of peace. American Special Forces were sent in to retrieve intelligence and how they could help to stop the war. The reports that came back from soldiers said that the “Liberian war made Iraq look like Disneyland.” Child soldiers, as young as six years old were forced to leave their families, schools were closed, there were food shortages, electric grids and modern water plants destroyed. Only sickness, death squads and rape – there was no semblance of normality or safety for fifteen years until the war ended in 2003. Twelve years later, water still does not flow to all its inhabitants, even in the capital with more than one million people, the wells are filled with bacteria regularly causing illness and death. In fact, water borne disease is the number one killer in Liberia.

Project Overview and Result:

The Liberian Civil War devastated the educational system. Most highly educated individuals fled the country during the war. Still ten years into peace, the educated are slowing returning, and most teachers throughout the country have less than a high school education. The caring and courageous teachers, charged with educating a new generation often earn less than $100 per month, do not have adequate supplies, are teaching malnourished and trauma stricken children, and they themselves are emotionally scarred from the terrors of the war.

SpryteLorianoGlobal in partnership with Youth Action International developed and launched a 10-Month Success and Leadership Training (paid for with private donations) in March 2014, that was the first of its kind, bringing together a curriculum made up of the work of various thought leaders, like Jack Canfield’s Self-Esteem and Success Principles programs, and Nick Ortner’s Tapping Solutions and more.

The first day of training was held of March 22, 2014 – World Water Day – and partnering with Waves4Water.org, each of the 108 teachers present were provided with a Water Filter, Bucket and Training to take the buckets back to their respective schools, reaching potentially over 10,000 students. Follow up assessments were conducted by SLG until mid-August 2014, when the Ebola epidemic ended all public gatherings and closed schools.

Number of Filters Provided: 108 filters

Project Impact : 10,000+ students served for up to two decades with proper usage of filter

Project Cost: $0 – filters donated by Waves4Water (each filter providing one million gallons)

Update: Training program re-commenced on May 9, 2015 led by Liberian Empowerment Trainer Dan Maxwell, Jr, to graduate 48 of the original 108 teachers in December 2015.

This was a collaborative project of SpryteLorianoGlobal (www.sprytelorianoglobal.com) and NoRegrets Productions (www.liveyourlist.tv). If your company would like to co-sponsor a similar project with a large donation, please email spryteloriano@gmail.com.

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