Liberia Reintegration Project Update

The first reintegration home is on its way

Former child soldiers Moses Massaquoi, Joe Y. Matadi and Mathew Nangbah have moved out to the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) and together with Richard Darwo they are constructing bricks for the house.

Our land in the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) is very fertile and the cassava grows well. It is continuously being checked on its quality and growing progress by Brocks Pokai, Morris Matadi from IDEFOCS and Richard Darwo – a former child soldier from the ghettos outside of Monrovia who currently takes care of the farmland.

Morris on farm
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In November, the second weeding of grass from the cassava farm will start, the harvesting of the cassava will be extended from January to May because, the huge amount of Cassava to harvest – there are 2 acres of land (around 8,000 square meters) – brings challenges with it. As of today, there is no proper storage place and farmers lack the tools to preserve the cassava.
To overcome the challenges, IDEFOCS & Action10 plan to build a storage place and production center that will also serve as a home to former child soldiers working on the farm. For this purpose Action10 has just transferred 2,000 $ of donations to IDEFOCS and will transfer more once available to ensure the
house can be built quickly. In a 2nd step, a canopy will be constructed where the cassava mill will be installed to establish a mini cassava factory to support the preservation of the cassava into other local food such as farina, fufu and acherkeh for public consumption
Farmland in Liberia

Moses Massaquoi, Joe Y. Matadi and Mathew Nangbah have moved out to the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) and together with Richard Darwo they are constructing bricks for the house.

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Moses Massaquoi and Mathew Nanagbah are former child soldiers previously living in the ghettos in Monrovia that were adopted by IDEFOCS and Action10. 2000 Bricks out of 3400 have already been made and they are of good quality. As soon as the 3400 bricks are ready then we can start constructing the house.

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