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Total funding goal: $5,800

Total funding to date: $5,800

Remaining goal: $0

Total Donors: 14

Gbowee Peace Foundation USA

Project start date: 11/30/1899

Project completion date: 11/30/1899

Latest project status

General Status Update

Date: 09/08/2013

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Watch Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel laureate, speak at Vanderbilt's Impact Symposium March 19, 2013.

Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women's rights advocate. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, based in Monrovia. Gbowee's leadership of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, aView More

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Inspiring and Empowering Women and Girls

Monrovia, Liberia

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Project Milestones

To provide educational and leadership opportunities that prepare young people to positively contribute to sustained growth and development in Africa.

Ongoing Programs:

1. African Girls Leadership Initiative
a. provide full housing and tuition costs of schooling
b. provides all school materials, books and uniforms when applicable
c. provides paid internships for participants

2. Rivercess County Afternoon Enrichment Program
Funded with support from the African Petroleum company, RCAEP enables GPFA to serve one of Liberia's most underdeveloped counties.

3. Moving Beyond the Classroom Symposiums
Young adults and children convene with notable speakers and high-profile figures to discuss the challenges and opportunities of obtaining a quality education in Liberia.

4. Segal Ambassador Family Planning Ambassador Program
With funding from the Segal Family Foundation, GPFA trains Family Planning Ambassadors to educate other young women and men about their reproductive choices and sexual health.

5. Annual Scholars Gathering
GPFA organizes an annual conference of its scholarship beneficiaries to discuss their successes and challenges in securing an education, preparing for the future, and making healthy choices for themselves and their families.

6. Peace Through Fair Play
An annual youth camp targeting young Liberians using sports and recreation to promote peace and reconciliation.


Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) works to provide educational and leadership development opportunities for Liberians. The Foundation has two main program areas - Education and Leadership. For its educational track, the Foundation aims to meet the educational and human development needs of young people in Africa by providing scholarship opportunities to students meeting set criteria. GPFA also provides socio-economic opportunities for its targeted population through skills training, to enable economic independence and the attainment of future goals. The Leadership track is set to develop a fresh class of African Leaders and Entrepreneurs. To guarantee a continental community that can boast of this kind of leadership, GPFA is partnering with respectable and proven global leaders in various fields, to serve as nurturers and mentors for this transformation. Through its Annual Youth Gatherings and Camps, GPFA will create a platform for young people to engage continental and world leaders on socio-economic, political and cultural governance. Additionally, a service-learning environment where young people are empowered to take ownership in giving back to their communities will be created.

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2011 Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women's rights advocate. She is Founder and current President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA). She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and is Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah currently serves as a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She is a board member of the Federation of Liberian Youth.

Leymah's leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace - which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia's civil war in 2003 - is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In addition, Gbowee is the Newsweek Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Women's Initiative, Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and University of Alberta in Canada, and a Doctor Honoris Causa in Specialty Management and Conflict Resolution from Polytechnic University in Mozambique. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Research on Women and Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. Leymah was honored as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is the proud mother of six children.

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