VOSIEDA was founded in the year 2000 by groups of young Liberians and Sierra Leoneans volunteers in response to the Liberian and Sierra Leonean civil wars that killed more than 250,000 and displaced millions more.
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Becoming ‘Volunteers to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa (VOSIEDA)’
On 8th, January 2003, VOSIEDA got legally registered (no. 051123131) in Liberia under a Memorandum of Association that sets out its objectives and powers. It was registered under the name “Volunteers To Support International Efforts In Developing Africa’.
Accelerating Development Response:
Within a few years of its registration, VOSIEDA was active in Liberia carrying out major donors funded programs in areas such as food security, environment, governance, human rights and capacity building, etc.
VOSIEDA has now grown and become a leader in community-led development and grassroots innovations, working with front-line activists, community organizations and individuals to empower communities out of extreme poverty in Liberia and other parts of West Africa
Innovating and Looking Forward:
In 2018, Volunteers to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa expanded its programs to incorporate broader achievements of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. It rebranded as Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa and launched a new strategy intended to disrupt traditional aid delivery in West Africa. It however, retained the “VOSIEDA” because of the name recognition. The organization may be referred to either by its full name or to simply as VOSIEDA.
For more than 18 years, we have been empowering families and communities to create better lives for themselves. We champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote food security, enhance sustainable use of our planet’s resources and fight disease in Liberia and West Africa.
West Africa is one of the world’s poorest region with increased number of countries with more than 30 percent of their population living on less than $1.90 a day. VOSIEDA is passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty by building assets, creating jobs and raising standard of living. For example, VOSIEDA provide inputs and training to farmers improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, grow more food and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits for farmers and their communities.
VOSIEDA strives for a West Africa sub region where women are economically independent and have decision-making power. We undertake and support initiatives of women, women entrepreneurs, women leaders, and organizations that contribute to economic or political transformations to improve the position of women. We engage with governments, companies and citizens – men as well as women – to have them recognize and support women’s leadership in decision-making processes within their communities.
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VOSIEDA is working to empower communities and end extreme poverty in West Africa’s Mano River Basin (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone). If you share this passion with us, then you might be a perfect fit! As a volunteer, you will educate others about the realities of extreme poverty, so they too can be inspired to make a difference. Please fill the form below to get in contact.