As Liberia holds elections on October 10,2017, Liberians are yearning for the sustainability of the in the country since the intervention of the International Community, Friends of Liberia and passionate Liberians strive to promote nonviolence/peace education and focus on the improvement in the livelihood of the undeserved population categorized as disadvantaged Children , youths, women men and rural community residents, who for the two major devastating scourge of the civil crisis and that of the deadly and unprecedented ebola effect on Liberia and its inhabitants, it is hoped that the only trigger to maintaining stability in maintaining peace is the commitment by every mission driven Liberian to be practical in demonstrating the love for country and its people irrespective of status of any type/kind which in itself has for too long stratified the society with many efforts exerted with the intent to bridge the gap between the have and have not. With you in mind, a number of volunteers signed up with The Building Potentials for Transformation (BUPOTRA)Inc to volunteer their services and time and were appointed for accreditation as Natuonal Observer Organization with 62 volunteers deployed in nine counties namely: Montrerrado, Margibi, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Lofa, Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe Counties where BUPOTRA has its County coordinators who work with core volunteers for the purpose of reaching out to remote and isolated communities where equally exist people who feel the need to benefit and participate in sustainable ventures that help to transform their lives and promote self worth ,independence, poverty alleviation etc. In a country hit by all of the variables named above, it is an indicator of growth to see these people mostly young people turning out to participate in this National cause. Imagine being in a country hit by natural disaster with number of fatalities announced Internationally, yet these affected people in the category of their vulnerability chose to give to the rest of the compatriots the unending love on the voluntary basis. What would you do instead? To cope with hunger, long roads, communication reporting as they strive to make sure that someone is there when the need for people overwhelm the communities, you can support the facilitation of these 62 volunteers in the field who are helping to make things work to fulfill the SDGS are fulfilled for access to basic social services and the maintenance of lasting peace and security. Donate October 2016 BUPOTRA Inc volunteers reach out to communities through their elders,chiefs, community, youths,women leaders about the best alternative to resolving issues of disagreement through dialogue/non violence. The 2nd of October is marked by the United Nations as International Day of Non violence. To enable the rural and difficult to reach community residents get the insight of what it means and how it may change their lives, email@example.comBUPOTRA Inc County Coordinators lead the out reach locally to ensure this month long event a success. August 2016 BUPOTRA Inc embarks upon capacity building to further enhance the effectiveness of its County coordinator, Field Office Assistant and a Local Elder from ten of Liberia's fifteen Counties. The training is scheduled to take place in centrally located Gbarnga Bong County, to enable participants travel almost equal distances. Discussions are continuing with other stake holders and volunteers to arrive the final date. If you are inspired by this voluntary venture, consider making your donation to cover the travel and accommodation, Training materials, hall rental, training equipment to enable the facilitators effectively present the topics in time. The issues of publicity/media related activities are critical to enable updating you about the out come. Donate Now January 2016 BUPOTRA Inc. continuous engaging the local elders,youths,women, paramount and Clan Chiefs in reaching out to vulnerable community residents through a collaborative approach to ensure sustainable livelihood, empowerment initiatives,to lift people out of poverty. It works with the locals to carryout a piloted project in Bong County to help vulnerable household. Liberia is declared ebola free after successfully completing the 42 days count down to meet that criteria. BUPOTRA Inc continuous to work with its volunteers, communities and necessary stake holders to carry out initiatives to help reduce the psychological impact the ebola scourge had on the population in all sectors. The aspect of sustainable development is key to self sufficiency to rebuild the lives of the affected people and communities. Communities are actively involved in the efforts to make their input to ensure collective participation and to achieve ownership. January 2015 In the face of many challenges with collective efforts to making sure the fight to reach zero case is achieved in communities in Liberia, Liberia and International Volunteer Teams continue to mobilize communities to stand up together against the spread of the EVD and to collectively work through established structures for the recovery initiatives in their communities. 2014:Ebola fight intensifies with State of emergency declared by the Liberian Government; The Building Potentials for Transformation (BUPOTRA) Inc. redirects most of its initiatives to the fight against the spread of the virus by creating awareness through its core volunteers net work based in the eight of the fifteen counties in Liberia. Join us March 5, 2013 BUPOTRA Inc completes clearing cassava farm in Rivercess. Support the youth participants with tools and what ever possible to help them succeed. Donate December 2012: BUPOTRA Inc establishes on line address to help volunteers in field Offices update reports about activities easily. Help improve this initiative by donating you equipment like Computer, and its accessories for the sub offices.This will help the agriculture initiatives that is currently going on.Thanks. BUPOTRA Inc. begins capacity building of its volunteers in Local sub-offices in Liberia. In order to create personal development increase the effectiveness of the youth volunteers that are volunteering to promote the mission and objectives of BUPOTRA Inc. a series of training is set up to further enhance the capacity and commitment of its volunteers and the local community residents who are wishing the Organization well. To receive updates about the training please join our mailing list BUPOTRA Inc. begins recognition of youth volunteers today. 28th April 2012-6th May 2012. The long planned recognition of youth volunteers and other peace loving individuals for participating in BUPOTRA Inc initiatives to promote peace, non violence and reconciliation takes place in Monrovia and Lofa County today. This set of volunteers include participants drawn from Montserrado, Lofa, Margibi and Bomi counties at two venues (Monrovia & Voinjamah). The rest of the counties Nimba, River Cess, Bassa and Bong Counties continues till the 6th of May 2012. Your support is highly welcome to ensure the completion of these activities. BUPOTRA Inc. invites you to participate in promoting non violence, peace education, personal development initiatives by supporting the recognition of the volunteers who in the midst of fear, stepped out to demonstrate love for peace, non violence and commitment to be examples and the change agents for other youths to follow their foot prints in the sand.The challenges were huge and we all made it. To support the events' activities and the climax(April 28,2012 through May 6, 2012 ). Activities include certification of youth volunteers for their participation with BUPOTRA Inc. to promote peace and non violence in Liberia, sports to connect individuals form various communities through the spirit of brotherliness and awareness through the distribution of peace messages. Here are your opportunities to support us:Donate now For more details e-mail Thank you for your interest.
Building Potentials for Transformation observes Liberia's Electoral process-2011: BUPOTRA Inc. participated in the 2011 Electoral process in Liberia as observer organization with over 250 volunteers identified in communities in eight of Liberia's fifteen counties. The objective to involve the youths through personal development and to prepared them for the future initiatives/challenges, most of the volunteers drawn from the counties are youths. They demonstrated the passion through the organization to join efforts to promote non violence and get involve in civic engagement. The process started from the voter's registration exercise, to the referendum elections where voters went to the pools to say yes or no to the four propositions; the first and second rounds of the General and presidential elections. The participation of the volunteers happened in these counties: Lofa, Bong, Margibi, River sess, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Montserrado and Bomi where BUPOTRA Inc. currently works with volunteer coordinators to carry out its activities. CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING WORKSHOP ON 7TH, JULY,2010
BUPOTRA INC one day capacity building work shop of volunteers/staff,youths,community members and other stake holders drawn for six communities in Paynesville and Kakata, on peace building, conflict management with emphasis on non violence education in a participatory approach. Date; July ,07,2010 at the temporary office of BUPOTRA INC.
BUPOTRA INC carry's out capacity building work shop to train twenty five participants in peace building, conflict management with emphasis on non violence education. The importance of this work shop is that it is a strategy of accompanying the volunteers/staff/members and supporters of BUPOTRA INC to ensure that each one is in the better position to act in the event a situation of violence occurs in his/her immediate surrounding. This empowers the participants to reproduce the strategies and lesson learn t to the peer groups which they represent at the workshop.
The workshop involves twenty five participants who were very enthusiastic about the broadening of their understanding on the situation of violence that exist in the communities which every participated in identifying. It was interactive as the exchanges amongst the different categories of participants was frank and cordial.
Out come: The work shop impacts the participants so much that they recommended a continuation of the series of work shop and to spread it around the rest of the communities where they feel the youth population are at risk where it comes to the situation violence, lack of tolerance and low understanding of the importance of diversity.
Press coverage: The work shop was covered by one electronic media called Radio Veritise and a Print media representing Daily Observer.
Pottage: photos of the events were taken by a photographer called Allosious Kpoto, which totals the number of six, and because of his interest he could offer a little discount to BUPOTRA AS CONTRIBUTION.
Challenges; BUPOTRA INC faces several challenges as it relates to the lack of adequate access to the internet to research and compile resources materials for the participants, equipments to ENSURE THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE ORGANIZATION in terms of compiling documents, copying,scanning,camera to get photos of the activities and funding support to carry out the continuation of the awareness to promote non violence, tolerance and diversity in Liberia amongst the population in Liberia.
A. That funding support be awarded to BUPOTRA to enable it carry out the efficient holding of training workshop to reduce the situation of violence in the country facing the challenges as a result of the post conflict situation which is tension related.
B. That partnership and collaborating opportunity is afforded BUPOTRA to continue the initiatives it is carrying out currently by improving its training of the disadvantaged population in Liberia by providing it with necessary access to the right kind of materials/equipment to reduce the stress and difficulties related to the lack of these materials.
C. BUPOTRA Inc. recommends to the general public and philanthropist organizations and individuals to donate now to enable it help reduce the level of violence in the country through the series of work shops it embarks upon. The children and youths are termed the future leaders as such much need to be done to build their capacity in this direction
Public event at Bo Waterside
On the 5th of November, 2009 the members of the World Wide March in Liberia and Sierra Leone organized a joint event at the border. BUPOTRA Inc. members participated actively in the preparation and realization of this public ceremony at Bo Waterside. See below some photos.
World March in Liberia
BUPOTRA Inc. is active in the organization of the World Wide March in Liberia. See below some photos.