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February 26, 2017

Just got back from Liberia. Once again a couple of fantastic weeks there.
This time I was able to meet with our sponsored schoolchildren. It was a fantastic meeting in every way. First they were a bit shy but after a while they opened up.
Told me about their favourite subjects in school and what they wanted to be. One wanted to be a scientist, one a math teacher, one loved spelling.
They all received gifts from their sponsors, a project writing book for 6 subjects and a pencil case.
They also got to try out a new pair of Adidas football shoes, sponsored by our great team AIK.
They all got to choice a soft drink or a juice.
Pictures were taken and a promise to try to get them sponsored for their next schoolyear. Then of they went in Mr Ted Brooks car….and not so shy any more J.
 
I also had the opportunity to meet some of the women who have been a part of one of our small projects before and we got to discuss some new projects which I will apply funding for from Forum Syd.
We also discussed micro loans….which is a discussion I will bring up with the board.
I also had the opportunity to visit some new places in this beutiful country and enjoy a afternoon at my childhood beach..
As I said, yet another fantastic trip.
 
Ann


In Swedish:

Precis kommit tillbaka från Liberia. Återigen ett par fantastiska veckor där.
Denna gång kunde jag träffa våra sponsrade skolbarn. Det var ett fantastiskt möte på alla sätt. Först var de lite blyga men efter ett tag öppnade de upp sig.

De berättade om sina favoritämnen i skolan och vad de ville bli. En ville bli vetenskapsman, en mattelärare, en älskade stavning.
Alla fick gåvor från sina sponsorer, en skrivbok för 6 olika ämnen och ett pennfodral.
De fick också prova ut ett par nya Adidas fotbollsskor sponsrad av AIK fotboll.
Alla fick välja en läsk eller en juice.
Bilder togs och ett löfte om att försöka få dem sponsrade för nästa skolår. Sedan hoppade de in i Mr. Ted Brooks bil för hemfärd och nu var de inte alls så blyga längre.

Jag fick också möjlighet att träffa några av de kvinnor som har varit sponsrade i ett litet projekt tidigare och vi fick diskuterat några nya projekt som jag kommer att tillämpa finansiering för från Forum Syd.
Vi diskuterade även mikrolån ... som en diskussion jag kommer att ta upp med styrelsen.
Jag fick också möjlighet att besöka några nya platser i detta vackra land och njuta av en eftermiddag på min barndoms beach.

Som sagt, ännu en fantastisk resa.

Ann

November 21, 2016

UNICEF Says Liberia Has Most Children Out of School Worldwide.
Monrovia - Nearly two third of Liberian children have never stepped in school and the country has the highest portion of children missing out on primary school education, the United Nations Child Agency (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

Most of the countries highlighted by UNICEF in its first global out-of-school ranking are in Sub Saharan Africa, with Liberia coming first in the ranking, followed jointly by South Sudan and Eritrea. In Liberia, 64 percent of children are out of school, while 59 percent of children in both South Sudan and Eritrea countries are out of school.

Last month UNICEF said a spike in the forced recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan could be imminent amid fears the East African nation was on the brink of renewed civil war.
Liberia ended its war in 2003 with the help of UN peacekeepers. The UN has since June 30 turned over security responsibilities to Liberian security forces.
Although school is vital for children living in crises, education is one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals, UNICEF said in a statement.

"For countries affected by conflict, school equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to rebuild their communities once the crisis is over," UNICEF's Chief of Education, Jo Bourne, said in the statement.
"Schools can also protect children from the trauma and physical dangers around them."
Classroom routines can help children psychologically after witnessing atrocities, as well as safeguarding them from abuse, experts say.

A crisis fund was launched in May at the World Humanitarian Summit to increase funding for children missing out on school due to war and natural disasters.
The West African country of Liberia, which emerged from two civil wars in 2003, temporarily shut its schools to stop the spread of the Ebola epidemic, which ended in June.
The 18 million children in the 10 worst countries for access to primary school account for almost one third of the world's 61 million primary school-aged children who are out of school, UNICEF said.

Here are the top 10 countries in the world with the highest proportion of children missing out on primary school:
1) Liberia - 62 percent
2) South Sudan - 59 percent
3) Eritrea - 59 percent
4) Afghanistan - 46 percent
5) Sudan - 45 percent
6) Djibouti - 43 percent
7) Equatorial Guinea - 42 percent
8) Niger - 38 percent
9) Mali - 36 percent
10) Nigeria - 34 percent

So thank you all who contributed towards the schoolfees .
We now have 8 children attending  school.
Next year we will try to double that.

/ Ann


August 14, 2016

My next trip to Liberia is planned for February 2017. So, dear friends, dig in to your closets and see what you have to spare.
Don't forget our friends in Liberia. I would also be very grateful for suitcases.
Here follows a list of what's needed:

  • Men, women and children's summer clothes.
  • Toys.
  • A5 notebooks.
  • Pencils, erasers and other school materials.
  • Flashlights.
  • Batteries.
  • Cellphones.
  • World maps (posters).
  • Solar cell lamps and chargers.
  • .... and anything else you can think of!

Thank you all in advance!

/ Ann


July 5, 2016

Thank you all that came to COPDA Swedens charity lunch today. And thank you all who contributed towards it since you couldn't come.
It was a fantastic day. Nice music and singing by Carola and Philip.

We served peppersoup and then coffee with cornmuffins.
Afterwards some information about the situation in Liberia and then we showed pictures from our recent trip.

A big thank you also to my sons and their partners for your fantastic help seeing to that there was always food, making the coffee, doing the washing and cleaning up. You guys are the best!

Hope to see you all and many more the next time we arrange something.

March 15, 2016

(English)

Donate a valuable memento. Donations and other gifts enables us to help more women and children. Honoring the memory of a relative or friend with a commemorative gift, you give hope for a future for people in need. When you send a memorial gift to someone who has passed away, COPDA Sweden will send a card with a last greeting to a physical address of your choice.

Give a congratulatory gift. Celebrate loved ones with a congratulatory gift to help people in need. It might be a ceremonial gift, wedding gift, christening gift, etc. COPDA Sweden will send a card to a physical address of your choice. If you want your own text on the card, please let us know by email.

(Swedish)

Skänk en värdefull minnesgåva. Minnesgåvor och andra gåvor gör att vi kan hjälpa fler kvinnor och barn. Hedra minnet av en anhörig eller vän så ger du hopp om en framtid till människor i nöd. När du skänker en minnesgåva så skickar COPDA Sweden en sista hälsning till en fysisk adress som du själv väljer.

Ge bort en gratulationsgåva i present. Hylla nära och kära med en gratulationsgåva som hjälper behövande oavsett om det skänks som högtidsgåva, bröllopsgåva, dopgåva, etc. COPDA Sweden skickar ett passande kort till en fysisk adress som du själv väljer. Vill du ha egen text på kortet så meddelar du oss detta genom email.

Account number (Sweden):
Swedbank 565-3357

Account number (Abroad):
Swift (Bic): SWEDSESS
IBAN: 1380000832799333383363


February 26, 2016

(English)

Dear members and friends of Liberia,
On Saturday, April 23rd, at 13:00 we will hold a charity lunch in favor of the women and children of COPDA.
Address: Hagalundsparken, Blomgatan 5, Solna.

We hope that you are able to join us for this charity lunch and for you that used to live in Liberia, see it as a mini-reunion.
Invite your friends and relatives, everybody is welcome.

A lighter lunch with beverages will be served, also coffee and cake.
We will display photos taken from our last trip back in November/December (2015) and talk about the current situation in Liberia.
There will also be musicians performing live.

The price is only 150SEK for adults, and 75SEK for children.
To pay, simply transfer the money to COPDA Swedens bank account: 565-3357
(Write 'charity lunch' in the message field)

R.S.V.P before April 14th to Ann Huber, either by e-mail: ann.huber[a]comhem.se, or by cellphone number: 0739-719450

Your attendance helps us help others.

Welcome!

(Swedish)

Kära medlemmar och Liberia vänner,
Lördagen den 23 april kl 13 så  ordnar vi en Välgörenhetslunch till förmån för COPDAs kvinnor och barn.
Adress: Hagalundsparken, Blomgatan 5, Solna.

Vi hoppas att ni har möjlighet att komma denna dag.  För er som har bott i Liberia, se det som en liten mini-reunion.
Ta med er vänner och bekanta, alla är välkomna.

Det kommer att serveras en lättare lunch med måltidsdryck samt kaffe och kaka.
Vi kommer att visa bilder från vår senaste resa, November/December (2015) samt berätta om läget i Liberia.
Lite trevlig lunchmusik kommer att framföras live.

Kostnaden är endast 150:-/vuxen och 75:-/barn.
Allt betalas in på COPDA Swedens bankgiro: 565-3357
(Skriv 'välgörenhetslunch' i meddelandefältet)

O.S.A. senast den 14 april till Ann Huber, antingen på mail: ann.huber[a]comhem.se, eller på mobilnummer: 0739-719450.

Er närvaro hjälper oss att hjälpa.

Välkomna!


February 25, 2016

(English)

Dear friends of Liberia,
On the 27th of November 2015, I went for a pre-study trip to Liberia. The trip was sponsored by Forum Syd.
Once an organization has been accepted by Forum Syd and before we can apply for funding towards a project, a pre-study trip has to be done. It was a fantastic trip. Two of COPDA Swedens board members joined me and also 7 ex LAMCO “Kids".

I had a lot of small meetings with the board of our sister organization, COPDA Inc. We also had a major meeting.
For this meeting, COPDA Inc had arranged for people from 5 different communities to come. We arranged transportation for them.
The meeting took all day so we also arranged catering for breakfast and lunch for all participants. The main reason for this meeting was to get some idea on what was mostly needed in the different communities. So that from this we would know what projects we would have to raise money for. The board of COPDA Inc had made a questionnaire, and every participant was interviewed.
The answers on what they wanted, was more or less the same from each person:
-         Clean Water
-         Sanitation
-         Education for the children
-         Medical clinics (not too far away)
From these answers we will now start planning a new project.
We will apply for the findings from Forum Syd and private donors.
 
Further news regarding the new project, will be posted here.

(Swedish)

Kära vänner av Liberia,
Den 27 november 2015 åkte jag på en för-studie resa till Liberia. Resan sponsrades av Forum Syd.
När en organisation har accepterats av Forum Syd och innan vi kan ansöka om medel till ett projekt, måste en för-studie resa göras.
Det var en fantastisk resa. Två av COPDA Swedens styrelselemedlemar anslöt sig till resan och även 7 f.d LAMCO ”Barn".

Jag hade en hel del små möten med styrelsen för vår systerorganisation, COPDA Inc. Vi hade också ett riktigt stormöte.
Till detta möte hade COPDA Inc arrangerade för människor från 5 olika samhällen att komma. Vi ordnade transport för dem. Mötet ägde rum över en hel dag så vi ordnade också catering för frukost och lunch till alla deltagare. Den främsta orsaken till detta möte var att få en uppfattning om vad som  mest behövs i de olika samhällena. Så att vi utifrån detta  skulle få klarhet i vilka projekt som vi skulle behöva samla in pengar till.
Styrelsen för COPDA Inc hade gjort en enkät, och varje deltagare intervjuades.
Svaren på vad de ville, var mer eller mindre densamma från varje person:
- Rent vatten
- Renhållning
- Utbildning för barn
- Medicinska kliniker (inte för långt borta)
Från dessa svar kommer vi nu att planerar ett nytt projekt.
Vi kommer att ansöka om de finansieringsmöjligheter från Forum Syd och privata donatorer.
Vidare nyheter om ett nytt projekt kommer ni att kunna följa här.

February 24, 2016

Dear Friends of Liberia,
COPDA Swedens website has not been used for a long time. Although everyone has been able to read our news on our Facebook page. The reason that it has not been used, is that I have been waiting for the new website to be up and running.
Unfortunately it will take a bit longer before it is ready. So until then, we will star posting news and pictures here again.

Kära Liberia vänner,
COPDA Swedens hemsida har inte använts på ett tag nu. Ni har dock kunnat följa våra nyheter genom vår Facebook sida.
Anledningen till att den inte använts är att vi har väntat på att en ny och bättre hemsida ska bli klar.
Tyvärr så kommer det att dröja ett tag till. Så tills dess, kommer denna sida återigen att användas.

April 20, 2015

The website is under reconstruction, so until then all news will be posted on COPDA Swedens Facebook page; here

January 22, 2015

A message from Ted Brooks..

Dear members of COPDA Sweden.
A new year has begun and with it we have a message
from Ted Brooks of COPDA in Liberia.

We would also like to inform you of our first annual meeting,
this March 2nd at 18:00, which is to be held in Hagalundsparken
at Blomgatan 5, Solna. 


 

December 11, 2014

Yesterday our sister-organisation, COPDA of Liberia, visited the community of Sehyi Geh to distribute Ebola Prevention Materials to vulnerable people.
At the end of the distribution, they had an opportunity to show them a couple of video clips about the Ebola crisis to prove just how real it is.
Because unfortunately, there are still a handful of people who deny the existence of Ebola.
 

We will keep on educating people about Ebola and how they may protect themselves, while distributing the materials necessary for the prevention of Ebola.

Photos will regularly be added to our Gallery section for those that are interested.
 

 

October 20, 2014

"The President of Liberia writes a heartfelt letter over the Ebola crisis..."

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, wrote this letter about the Ebola crisis that hit her country:

"Dear World
In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments…

There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright.Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed.The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster.But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world.The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up.

The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away.This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise.I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need.From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence.The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.

Yours sincerely,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf"


 

Source: Independent.co.ug

October 7, 2014

"Ann Huber Will Find A Way..."

 

One of LiberianME‘s main tasks is to act as a link between Liberia and the outside world and vice versa. Highlight enthusiasts and entrepreneurs and stimulate growth. My dear friend Ann Huber who grew up in Liberia runs the organisation COPDA Sweden who does a remarkable job helping Liberia thru this difficult times.

The Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy (COPDA) is a Liberian non-profit organization registered in Liberia and Sweden.
The organization was established to help the less fortunate and marginalised populations of Nimba County, Liberia and West Africa, through programs of Peacebuilding and Economic Development.

As you may know, the Ebola crisis has hit Liberia and is spreading. The nature of the emergency is the huge threat of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which could destroy lives within communities in Nimba County and Liberia, where we are working.
According to the latest statistics, the number of Ebola cases in Nimba County has increased to 102 persons within 2 weeks.
As of August 20, 2014, 1.350 people have died from Ebola in West Africa.
Liberia has been hardest-hit, with 576 recorded deaths since the outbreak began in March 2014.

COPDA is kindly appealing for your assistance to help address the spread of the virus which could cause so much suffering and loss of lives. We wish to carry out the following work:

 

  • Community Awareness Raising and Information Dissemination on Preventing the Ebola Virus and Keeping Safe from Threats;
  • Distribution of Sanitary Materials and Supplies to at-risk and vulnerable populations;
  • Collaboration with the Nimba County Ebola Task Force in providing food and non-food support to persons affected and recovering from the virus.

LiberianMe wholeheartedly supports COPDA Sweden and will work tightly with the organization to help share information and coordinate assistance to victims of Ebola.

 


 

- Simon Tocclo, founder of LiberianME.

 

September 1, 2014

Dear friends of Sweden!

The Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy (COPDA) is a Liberian non-profit organization registered in Liberia and Sweden.
The organization was established to help the less fortunate and marginalised populations of Nimba County, Liberia and West Africa, through programs of Peacebuilding and Economic Development.

As you may know, the Ebola crisis has hit Liberia and is spreading. The nature of the emergency is the huge threat of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which could destroy lives within communities in Nimba County and Liberia, where we are working.
According to the latest statistics, the number of Ebola cases in Nimba County has increased to 102 persons within 2 weeks.
As of August 20, 2014, 1.350 people have died from Ebola in West Africa.
Liberia has been hardest-hit, with 576 recorded deaths since the outbreak began in March 2014.

COPDA is kindly appealing for your assistance to help address the spread of the virus which could cause so much suffering and loss of lives. We wish to carry out the following work:
 

 

  • Community Awareness Raising and Information Dissemination on Preventing the Ebola Virus and Keeping Safe from Threats;
  • Distribution of Sanitary Materials and Supplies to at-risk and vulnerable populations;
  • Collaboration with the Nimba County Ebola Task Force in providing food and non-food support to persons affected and
    recovering from the virus.

The organization will be happy to report to you the progress of work carried out through your support and donation.

 

Thank you in advance for your help.

Warm regards;

Ann Huber
Head of Secretariat, Stockholm