SASEF has been very supportive to the growth and development of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP), a Non Profit, Voluntary Organization working with youth in promoting peace and development through Volunteerism since 2011. MOP-Liberia’s vision is to become one of the great Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) movement in Liberia and the sub-region which stands for key peace values and is not afraid or reluctant to stand up for peace and non-violence. MOP-Liberia is a conscientious objector to any form of violence anywhere in the world. During its embryonic phase, SASEF provided the impetus for the growth of Messengers of Peace-Liberia through various capacity building programs for Peace Messengers(volunteers) including the Executives and Board Members. SASEF also assisted greatly in hoisting MOP website and provided resource linkages to organizations whose mandates were in sic with that of Messengers of Peace-Liberia. Consequently,raised the profile of the organization to international standard. SASEF assisted in the promotion of MOP's three(3) online proposals on strengthening peace clubs in Liberian schools and communities, Mentorship and Coaching Program for Adolescent Girls in Peacebuilding and Advocacy for Peace Project. Moreover, I've been greatly touched and inspired in my professional journey by the work and programmes of SASEF as Executive Director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP).
My first time coming across Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation(SASEF) or knowing about this unique organization was through it's founding chair . SASEF has been working tirelessly with its support through Educational empowerment for youth in Liberia. One major example is a one day intensive traning on organizational skills called "Raising the Bar" organized by SASEF for a Non-Governmental and Non-political Organization called Messengers of Peace Liberia(MOP Liberia), a youth group dedicated to preaching message of peace and development in Liberia. As part of SASEF's mandate as it relates to Educational empowerment, this organization has been providing support to other youth organizations in Liberia aimed at achieving the Millenium Development Goals(MDGS) for Liberia, such support was also given during the celebration of the Global Youth Service Day(GYSD 2011) in Liberia where youths of Liberia were educated on the Millenium Development Goals(Goals 2, 6 & 7) which has to do with ACHIVING UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION ,
COMBATING HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
and lastly ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.
It was great having had the opportunity of participating as a volunteer Drama Teacher back in 2009 for SASEF in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. The project helped a group of low income teenage students to identify their dreams and helping them visualize the possibilities for achieving their goals in the near future. It was amazing to see how this organization really opened up their minds and made them identify and believe in their potential.
Joice de Brito e Cunha
I was introduced to the SHIRLEY ANN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION by the chair and founder Mrs. Staudt.
I have been volunteering for’ SASEF’ for (24) months along with other youth members in Liberia implementing projects, serving as facilitator at workshops. In doing all of the above, I have the ability to work along with any other organization to plan, implement, and sustain projects.
I was also thought the Millennium Development Goals, their uses and importance, and how to implement the millennium goals in communities.
I was introduced to the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) by its president and founding chair, Mrs Rhonda Staudt. This was the first time I was introduced to volunteerism as a whole. For the past twelve (12) months, I have been a member and active volunteer for this organization. During this time, I have been involved for my first time in many activities like workshops, youth meetings with other organizations, celebrations of important youth and peace days (eg. Day of the African Child), etc. During the celebration of Global Youth Service Day in April, another SASEF Youth Volunteer and I were to assign to the kids at St. Pius Catholic High School, a high school located outside Monrovia. We were tasked by our foundation to investigate the day to day challenges those children are faced with that can affect the way they perform in school. Amazingly, this school happened to be the same school I attended junior high. It felt so great giving back to my old school so early. I have also been able to travel to different parts of Liberia to carry out other initiatives.
My days of volunteering with SASEF are the greatest days of my life despite the challenges that we are sometimes faced with.
Hi, I got to know this wonderful foundation by meeting Founding Chair Ms. Rhonda Staudt. I am impressed by her energy, optimism, ideas and work. It is nice to see how many events and projects they have going on all the time and in several countries. I have seen the eyes of the children who participated in those projects and it´s was enough to get how much it means to them and what it gives them. It changes their lives, it gives them future, it learns them to act. My self, I was just I small part, who just has helped sorting the seemingly millions of donated books from Cultural early last year, who attended some events and did some donations. I wish I would have this energy and courage like Ms. Rhonda Staudt. It was a privilege to work with her. Will always support them :) GO SASEF!
I am very grateful to know Rhonda Staudt for the opportunity created by SASEF to see that young people became part of society development as relative to building the capacity. Further more, SASEF has help and continue to help us to ensure that benefit from its ICT for Development.
I facilitated the MDGs to 25 youth serving organizations in that they created a project of the MDGs. I also did a writing project for Mr. Daniel Kennedy to establish his orphanage.
In 2006 I was invited to take part on Goethe Institut's World Cup blog writing about culture and soccer in my country, Brazil. But my intention was also to get in touch with children in need, specifically in poor areas in Porto Alegre, my home town. So I got to know SASEF's projects. Since then, I did decide to take part on this NGO - which have brought me so much happiness and good experiences. I've met really nice people that are also deeply engaged in social projects. My activity as a volunteer has several facets: I help to promote SASEF's activities, I ask for donations (books), I collect the material and help to transport them to its final destination and I also take part on the library's arrangement. I try to raise awareness among people to get involved in social projects. Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects.
My personal experience with this Great Nonprofit is so great in that, I learned how to work on the computer, how to used the Internet, how to composed a well written messages, how to speak on the phone, how to speak in public, how to create documents, how to put office things in order, how to interact with others, how to dress professional, how to motivate others to do the right thing and how to stay focus. This Organization can go forward if only lots of hard-working, respectful, understandable and well-behave people continue to exist in it.