Who Are We
Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) is a Liberian development organization and a network of volunteers working to promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty, and strengthen peace and stability in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Union Basin region: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Our mission is to promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty, and strengthen peace and stability in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Union Basin region: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. In pursuit of this mission, we undertake community-led development initiatives to create lasting solutions to extreme poverty.
We are incubator of grassroots innovators
We are an incubator of grassroots innovators and the potential of a better future for local communities and people challenged by poverty and marginalization in West Africa’s Mano River Union. We are a leader in community-driven development. Our integrated approach focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
We work differently
We facilitate local community groups to identify, prioritize and resolve issues of persistent poverty, empowering participants by equipping them with confidence, skills, resource, and networks to enable them to act together to improve their lives. We work like this because we believed overcoming extreme in West Africa will not be possible without empowering communities to authentically participate and invest in taking ownership, designing and implementing their successful outcomes.
We are community-builders
For more than 18 years, VOSIEDA has empowered hundreds of local volunteers that have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to carryout various sustainable projects from environment and food security to women empowerment, etc. We are always working to improve lives in West Africa’s Mano River’s basin, and we are committed.
We think differently
We are now raising new questions such as what can we do differently to end poverty in West Africa? We are also riding ourselves of traditional thinking and start using innovation, creativity, and possibilities to address old and deep-rooted poverty problems. We are reaching the poor and empowering them with information so that they can bring pressure to bear on their leaders as a means of creating a prosperous future in West Africa's Mano River Basin.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling sustainable development challenges. We support communities to overcome poverty and reluctance through grassroots, community-driven development and people center model. We honestly believe in working with partners, and the voices of the people with whom we work are at the forefront of everything we do. We couple this with a culture of innovation and learning that ensures we challenge the status quo to find impactful and sustainable solutions. Our goal is to empower people, families, and communities to end extreme poverty.
Our work crosscut across several sectors and issues. Below is the essence of what we do and how we do what we do.
We empower communities to protect nature that everyone depends on for livelihoods, fresh water and clean air.
We empower smallholder farmers to transform agriculture from lonely struggles for survival to family business enterprises capable of increasing incomes and improving food security.
We empower women and girls to defeat poverty and achieve equality. We focus on women and girls because we believe we cannot overcome poverty until everyone has equal rights and opportunities.
We work for participatory, representative and inclusive political processes and institutions; greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens
and to the law; and recognition of universally recognized human rights.
We deliver technical and advisory services to indigenous communities, the local media, civil society, private sector and government to enhance their development results.
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We Promote Volunteerism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Development
As a network of volunteers, we strive to shape West Africa’s Subregion where people unite and participate in their development. We value diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, and gender identity.
We continue to train and empower small scale farmers, individuals and communities to increase their productivity, thrive financially and move beyond dependency to productivity in West Africa’s Mano River Basin.
VOSIEDA also runs media campaigns to educate the local communities and generate the public’s demand for decision-makers to prioritize and place sustainable development issues on public agenda. And effectively reach the influential group of policymakers, elected representatives, professionals, political and religious leaders, power brokers, and interest groups to act in support of sustainable development in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region.
meet Our Leadership Team
Our leadership and staffs at VOSIEDA exemplify all of the qualities that make our organization extraordinary: integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service.
Estelle Liberty Kemoh
VOSIEDA West Africa
Philomena A. Monger
VOSIEDA West Africa
Laura M. T. Golakeh
VOSIEDA West Africa