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LIBERIA CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND, INC.

VIA TOWN, ROBERTS FIELD HIGHWAY, MONTSERRADO COUNTY

ANNUAL REPORT

COVERING THE FISCAL YEAR

JANUARY 2, 2017 THROUGH  DECEMBER 31, 2017.

 

JANUARY 30, 2018.

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

This Annual Report covers activities of CAB for the last Fiscal Year January 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The period under review was great, though encountered several challenges which inclusive of national political seasons for the Presidential Legislative Elections, financial hardship and other administrative problems, notwithstanding the Leadership of CAB subdued those odds and made immense progress. 

There were high expectation to achieving many ear-marked activities, but for some reasons beyond our control, we could not attain all of them.

We look forward to you reading this report with comprehension with the hope it will make sense to you.

 

 

OVERVIEW OF CAB:

 

CAB’s Background and Objectives:

CAB runs a Resource Center for the Blind. The Center was established 2008 and currently caters to the educational, training, and livelihood needs of 86 Blind and Partially-sighted children.  The Association also provides support to membership groups and initiatives across the country, reaching an estimated 5,000 Blind and Partially-sighted persons.  Over the last 8 years, the Resource Center has provided education for over 500 persons and has taken in and supported the daily livelihood needs of over a 1000 Blind and partially-sighted persons.

 

Despite the achievements of CAB in establishing and running the Center for the last Eight (8) years, funding and sustainability challenges have been ever-present. From year to years, CAB has struggled to manage funding gaps, sometimes at the expense of program effectiveness and quality.

 

To help address the situation, CAB increased its investment in income generation through the establishment and operation of a poultry and piggery at the time and engagement in agriculture. These investments have helped put over 100 Blind and Partially-sighted persons to work, through direct production and maintenance work and through the marketing of eggs. It has also contributed tremendously to bridging the funding gaps by sometimes close to 75 per cent. At the peak of production, CAB carried a piggery stock of more than 60 and chicken stock of 2000. These added a potent income source for the Association and for the operation of the Resource Center.

Additionally, from 1998 to the onset of the Ebola crisis, CAB ran a microfinance program that reached approximately 346 blind and partially-sighted persons with micro loans which helped them engage in income generation activities. By the onset of Ebola, around 576  Blind and Partially-sighted persons had received an estimated $US43,000 in micro loans and were engaged in a variety of income-generation ventures, from soap-making to char-coal production, sales of local commodities including pastry, vegetable and tuber crop production, poultry  and piggery an the marketing of same. To date for the last 3.5 years, these booster agricultural activities “Poultry, Piggery and Vegetables production” were ceased.

 

THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND:

 

Founding and Purpose:

The Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Inc., was founded by a group of young blind persons and dedicated professional sighted persons in the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia on April 28, 1985. CAB was founded primarily to cater to the education and social development needs of the blind and visually-impaired persons within the Liberian society. CAB is a legal entity, incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Liberia in 1993.

 

Mission and Goal:

The mission of CAB is to humanize the treatment of all blind persons in Liberia irrespective of sex, age, or other considerations, through education and training for full social integration, empowerment and equal opportunities for individual dignity.

 

The overall goal is to eradicate all forms of social discrimination faced by the blind in Liberia, to work to prevent blindness amongst the population, and vigorously seek to educate those already blind without discrimination.

 

Core Areas of Focus:

CAB’s key areas of focus over the last 31 years have been, and still are, education and rehabilitation, capacity building, advocacy, and economic empowerment of CAB and its members. The specific areas of concentration include:

Education and rehabilitation for the purpose of social inclusion of the blind and visually impaired;

Capacity-Building to support the needs of the blind and sustain their programs;

Advocacy and Awareness-raising to advance the cause of the blind; and

Economic Empowerment through income-generation opportunities for members of CAB and other blind and partially-sighted persons.

Implementation of CAB’s Activities:

CAB’s activities are implemented through its Leadership Structure, with governance activities handled by the National Executive Committee and the day-to-day operations are managed by a Management Team, led by an Executive Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE REPOER:

 

For this period under reviewed (January 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017) CAB set forth several objectives and activities for accomplishment.

 

They were as follows:

 

OBJECTIVES:

Visitation of all CAB’s 9 Branches

Fencing of the Compound

Re-jubilation of Poultry Farm

Trainings

-Administration

-Leadership

-Finance

-Fund Raising

-Advocacy

-Strategy Planning National Executive Committee

ACTIVITIES:

           -Hosting of National Executive Committee meeting

          -Hosting of National General Assembly. Workshop

-Setting up of the Funds Raising Committee.

-Recruitment of staffers for the CABACITY Project in Liberia.

CAB Leadership commenced the year under reviewed (Jan 2, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017) with the implementations of those planned actives, all planned training/workshops were held within the time frame designated.

 

For those Activities, CAB was only able to cover Five (5) of the Nine Counties due to the nationwide political season and funding problems. Those remaining Three (3) activities named above, were implemented as planned thereby gaining fruitful results.

 

The Leadership of CAB made it its business to get fully involved in National Politics that characterized those activities that led to the Presidential and General Elections in Liberia.

 

CAB sat the stage to engage candidates on those national issues and those pertinent to them, inquiring from them what their platforms speaks to. This intervention was very useful and rewarding, those candidates who showed up got to know the plights of the Blind and Partially-sighted persons and how they are thinking.

 

Unfortunately for CAB, this year under reviewed, it experienced deaths across its Branches as follows:

Margibi County – One person - Branch Chairman passed (Died).

Grand Bassa County – 3 members passed (Died).

Maryland County – 10 members. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

There were several members falling sick during this period under reviewed, the Leadership of CAB intervened by sending those sick members to various hospitals to tackle their situation.

 

 

A REVEW OF CABACITY PROJECT IN LIBERIA:

 

1ST QUARTER PROGRESS REPORT:

 

The First Quarter was characterized by advertising the posts for CABACITY Project in Liberia Project Coordinator and Project Accountant. As the result of the advertisement placed on CAB’s bulletin board and public announcement on few Radio Stations, CAB received several applications which were scrutinized and a short listing was reached.

 

Two interview panels were set up, and interviews were conducted and two persons were selected:

Atty. Celio George – Project Director and Mr. Robert Korzowu Project Accountant.

 

During this period under review, the repairs and recondition of CAB vehicle got started with a local contractor. The level of work that was destined to be done on the vehicle took some time that ran into the Second Quarter.

 

In addition CAB was able to reach a contractual agreement with a Consulting Auditing Firm “Dargbe and Associates, CPA” for three years.

 

 

2ND QUARTER PROGRESS REPORT

As a requirement of the Project, Progress reports must be made every Quarter and must be based on the Action Plan for the same period. In the following format, the sizing of the fields is only guiding. The report may not, however, exceed 5 pages excluding the budget accounts.
Partner: CAB
Project Title: CABACITY Project in Liberia.

Country: Liberia

Reporting Period and Quarter: May 1 to July 31, 2017.

 

Second Quarter (2nd Quartet Delayed Partially delayed as expected   Partially ahead status for activities up to the end of this reporting period):


1. Activities and Project Monitoring: Describe in point form the activities which have been implemented during the reporting period:

1.7 Monthly Branch Meeting:

On April 29, 2017 a General Meeting to reactivate the membership and monthly meeting  was held at the Headquarters of CAB. This was the First General Meeting and the attendance was 17 members. It was agreed in that meeting that we will meet every First Saturday of the month to have our General Meeting as expected.

1.10 A Membership Committee of Six persons headed by Mr. James P. Johnson (3 females and 3 males) was created to bring together Blind and visually impaired people on how to build their capacity on improving their living condition.

Fully achieved:
The Committee had its First meeting in early May of 2017 to strategize on how to bring in members to fully participate in the development of the organization. Some members left as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease and others who wanted help at the time the organization too was struggling due to the same Ebola Virus Disease.


The idea of streets begging is not sustainable but acquiring skills through the assistance given by DAB to ensure members know how to engage duty bearers on the protection and promotion of their rights for sustainable development by implementing the provisions of the CRPD as a binding duty.

Three announcements were carried on two Radio Stations for Public awareness.

Membership forms and guidelines update to reflect present day realities were formulated.

The launch of the Membership Drive was done on Saturday, June 3, 2017, during the second general meeting. The attendance was 43 persons including Old and New members (28 Males and 15 Females) congregated on the Headquarters of CAB. Two Newly Blinded people, former member of the House of Representatives and a former Female Police Officer were registered.

Attorney Celio M. George, Project Coordinator of CABACITY told the gathering that CABACITY is a Project that is here to enhance the capacity of CAB in organization development and skill training. The strength of an organization is in the full and effective participation of its members.

Therefore we have to ensure that the capacity of members of CAB is enhanced by the various training and that will build alliances, coalition and partnerships if we want for our voices to be heard.

Membership ID cards were taken for about Fifty (15) members with no cost to them (members).

Despite the heavy down pour of rains, on July 1, 2017, 37 members of the Association met on the campus of CAB to conduct the affairs of the Association has done every First Saturday of the month. Three (3) New members were registered making the total of new members Five. One of the members is presently enrolled at the center to learn the Orientation and Mobility and Braille Reading and Writing to enable him live independently.

1.6 Leadership Training

The Leadership Training started from May 30 to June 2, 2017 at the headquarters of CAB. This training brought together nine members from three Local Branches, Grand Bassa, Bong and Margibi Counties and eleven members from Monrovia making the total number of persons twenty. Resource persons were from LIPA and CAB.  As expected, Some of the topics discussed were as follows:

Brief History and Organization Structure of CAB.  Resource person was Mr. James P. Johnson, one of the founding members of CAB. He emphasized the Mission and Vision of CAB as quality education and inclusion in the society as the objective.


 

 

 

The Structure of the Organization is:
-General Assembly

-NEC

-Leadership of Various Standing Committees

-Leadership Dynamics, facilitated by Sir. Christian T.G. Tabla of LIPA who taught the following:

-Provided guidance, Spearheads Policy, Manage and Administer.

-Leadership and Management

-Sets direction, manage resources, some leaders are non-development oriented, seek wellbeing of your people.

Leadership Styles

-Autocracy and Authoritative Leader

-Participatory Leadership Style
Get everybody involve, be open minded, take corrections

-Democratic Leadership or all, Good Inter Personal Relationship

Leadership and Management

As a Manager, always have meetings; Attendance of the meeting; Define objective; be communicated to members; Rules and regulations must prevail.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities Resource person was Celio M. George, Project Coordinator, Members were taught the importance of the convention and that it should be known by all Persons with Disabilities (PWDS).

 


The CRPD was created in 2005 and ratified by the Government of Liberia in 2008. It is binding on all countries that ratified this Convention to adhere to the provisions therein.

Definition of Disability:

-Long Term Impairment

-Equality and Inclusion.

-Types of Opportunity

Formal Opportunity
DE factor Opportunity
Equal Opportunity
Non Discrimination

Article 3

General Principles
Members were told to learn this Article by heart because it is the mother of all articles within the Convention.

Legal Harmonization:

To ensure that laws or policies are in harmony with the CRPD.
How are laws made
What laws should DPO look at
Who in Liberia make Public Policy
When do you feel included
Who run Programs
Reasonable Accommodation

Accessibility
Implementation of Laws

Participation and Inclusion


STATISTICS and DATA COLLECTION:

-Monitor your information
-Make Policy
-Statistics Restricted
-Steps to Research

Have a meeting, Design a strategy, Test hypothesis, Adjustment and dissemination Benefits and Challenges Discusses the fulfillment of the SDGs Nightmare of Data Computers, equipment, fear of calculation etc.

Questionnaires were shared to branches. For example; what key messages were learned from the lessons, what will they do differently when having meetings, what are some of the topics they enjoyed and why etc:

The White Cane Law to Access Public Goods and Services Members learned about the law and how it is created to ensure that the rights of blind and partially sighted persons are respected. Participants were evaluated by answering few questions to ensure they understood the lessons taught.


This law was ratified by the Government in 2015 and is to be printed into Hand Bills for Public consumption.

What right will you claim when you sustain injury in an accident while crossing the road as a White Cane user?

There are four Agencies of Government that the Blind will engage for the full implementation of the White Cane Law in Liberia.

 

 

Having engaged those four Agencies of Government, name those specific rights that those Agencies are to deliver to the Blind.


DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATION STRATEGY.

A total of 16 persons gathered on the campus of CAB, two persons from each of the local target groups and ten from Montserrado County.


Facilitated by: Sir Beyan G. Kota, a veteran in Organization Development and Advocacy, Partially Achieved.

Strategic Development priorities of CAB; the Strategic priorities of CAB sets the agenda for the development of the association and the blueprint for individual empowerment of the blind in Liberia.

OUR VALUE:

We value the blind and partially sighted people of Liberia and are committed to empowering the blind to discover and/or rediscover their own human values and resourcefulness and enable them to develop individual potential capabilities; strive to render the blind self-supporting by applying the democratic principles of individual dignity to the underprivileged class of Liberians who are blind.


Positive Image Building;

In our commitment to portray a positive image of the blind in Liberia, we shall endeavor to build a positive image by changing public negative attitudes towards the blind; build the human personality, instill discipline and impart integrity amongst the blind and further enhance our engagement with the media to demystify the Blind in Liberia.


TOPICS TAUGHT WERE:

 Advocacy and Human Rights, Organization Development and Membership, Education and Rehabilitation, Program and Sustainability and Partnership and Cooperation.

TOPIC: Advocacy, and the promotion of the CRPD for the enjoyment of all fundamental rights and freedom for people with disabilities

GOAL:

Blind and partially sighted persons of Liberia, learned to appreciate their critical role in the planning and implementation of successful advocacy and engage in activities for the implementation of the CRPD and other relevant statutes to attain basic rights and individual empowerment.

PURPOSE:

Issues relevant to organizational strengthening and capacity-building of the blind were highlighted for effective participation in development and decision making of the organization and ensure that the specific needs and concerns of blind and partially sighted persons are known and address in the framework of the CRPD and other relevant legislations of the land.

OBJECTIVES:

At the end of the workshop participants acquired knowledge and skill on the concepts and objectives of advocacy using the CRPD as a tool for achieving fundamental human rights for the blind. The blind and visually impaired persons were motivated and trained in planning and implementing advocacy activities, also monitor and evaluate enforcement of laws to ensure CRPD compliance.

METHODOLOGY:

Presentation was done through lecture for 1hour 15minutes and 45 minutes for group work.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT:


Definition and Objectives of Advocacy: Awareness raising and lobbying;

Concept of advocacy and lobbying activities and its importance in monitoring the implementation of the CRPD and other human right instruments.

 

OBJECTIVES:


Blind and visually impaired persons learned the definition and objectives of advocacy and related elements and how these instruments should be used to attain the rights of the blind and ensure organizational strengthening in Liberia.


Understood the content of the CRPD, Marrakesh Treaty and adopt strategies for achieving equal opportunities for the organization and its members at local and district levels.


Also learned other national laws pertaining to disability rights and development in Liberia.

SUMMARY:


The workshop examined the impact of disability advocacy activities in Liberia, CRPD as a right base approach for achieving change and development and the equalization of opportunities for the social inclusion of all persons with disabilities in Liberia. It goes without saying that the attainment of equality and social participation is only through United Efforts of people with disabilities particularly people who are blind and partially sighted.

GROUP WORK.   

In what way can the organization be effective in its advocacy and Human Rights.

What tools can we use in the enjoyment of our rights?

Are there any new areas that you can use in your advocacy?

What strategy can we use to achieve our rights?

What do we do to sustain our organization and what strategy will you apply?

To whom do we direct our advocacy in order to achieve basic Human Rights of the Blind.


Responses to these questions from the groups are filed as attachment.

2.1 and 5.3 Repairing of CAB’s Vehicle and Insurance.  Although started in the First Quarter, these objectives were fully achieved in the Second Quarter. We appreciate the Bright Star Garage and Car Rental Services for the repairs done on the vehicle.

2. Status for the results to be achieved by the activities and result indicators (reference is made to the Logical Framework)


- Give an account for the status of each result and
indicators as described in the Action Plan of the reporting period and in the Logical Framework Matrix.
- Have the result been achieved wholly or partially?
- Has a need arisen for an adjustment or change of result?
- Other observations.

A AND B, BELOW ARE ONLY FOR HALF YEARLY AND YEARLY REPORTS:

A. Select two major activities from the last six months or one year and try to describe the impact for the visually impaired people in general or for a more narrow group being targeted (e.g. women).

B. Make a short appraisal of the status for immediate objectives and indicators and the realism of reaching the proposed objectives within the full project period.

3. Problems and/or New possibilities
- What problems have been encountered during the period (quarter) in terms of activity implementation or other areas?
- Have new possibilities emerged which could in some way improve the project?
4. Changes and adjustments
- Explain in point form any changes and adjustments concerning activities of the project which were necessary because of the above mentioned problems/new possibilities under point 3.

5. Narrative Stories of Change
Case 1:

Case 2:

6. Status for expenditure

 

                                                        3RD QUARTER BUGDET SUMMARY                                                                                         

                                                      AUGUST- OCTOBER 2017                                                                    

                                                                                               

Duty Bearers Expenditure:

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Refreshment (Drinks & Food)

$150.00

 

Preparatory work - venue maintenance

    30.00

 

Dispatch of Letters

    30.00

 

Miscellaneous(Scratch Cards)

    20.00            

 

Announcements (3 Radio Stations)

    40.00

 

Fuel for Generator

    50.00

 

Transportation:                                               

            Grand Bassa County (12 persons)                     Margibi County (12 persons)

 

    60.00

    40.00

 

Press Recover-age

    30.00            

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE            

US$450.00

 

                                                                                                           

5.1        Monthly Expenditure On Fuel & Generator

             

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Fuel for CAB Vehicle   

$900.00

 

Fuel for CAB Generator

  150.00

 

Vehicle Maintenance   

  300.00

 

Total CAB Expenditure            

$1,350.00

                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                               

1.11      ADVOCACY TRAINING BUDGET:

 

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Participants' Feeding   

$1,400.00

 

Facilitators' Fees         

     400.00

 

Participants' Fees                                            

     960.00

 

Production of Braille   

    100.00

 

Fuel    

    100.00

 

Announcements & Communication

      50.00

 

Venue Maintenance     

      50.00

 

Stationery/Supplies     

      44.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE            

US$3, 104.00

                                                                       

                                                                                   

            MONTHLY BRANCH MEETINGS:                                  

                  

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

MONTHLY FEES US$

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Bong County

$75.00 X 3 Months

US$225.00

 

Margibi County

  75.00 X 3 Months

       225.00

 

Grand Bassa County

  75.00 X 3 Months

       225.00

 

Montserrado County

  75.00 X 3 Months

       225.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE            

US$3, 104.00

 

                       

 

 

                                               

1.3         FUNDRAISING TRAINING EXPENDITURE:                                                                               

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Facilitators' Fees         

     400.00

 

Participants' Feeding   

$1,000.00

 

Participants' Fees:

A.    Outstations   10 @ $30         

B.    Montserrado 13 @ $25                      

 

     300.00  

     325.00

 

Production of Braille   

      95.00

 

Fuel    

      50.00

 

Announcements & Communication

      50.00

 

Venue Maintenance     

      30.00

 

Stationery/Supplies     

    100.00

 

Communication

      50.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE            

US$2, 350.00

                                                                                                                                                                       

            BOARD MEETING:

NO

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

UNIT FEES US$

AMOUNT IN US$

 

Facilitators' Fees         

 

      $75.00

 

Participants’ Fees

-       Outstations

-       Montserrado 10@ $10 $100

 

3 X  US$15.00

10 X US$10.00

 

        45.00

      100.00

 

Participants’ Feeding

 

      150.00

 

Fuel

 

        30.00

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE            

US$400.00

 

                                                           

Employee Salaries$1,000 X 3 Months              $3,000

                                               

Total Expenditure for 3rd Quarter                     $11,554.00                                                       

                                                                                                                                                           

Progress Report

Progress reports must be made every quarter and be based on the action plan for the same period. In the following format, the sizing of the fields is only guiding. The report may not, however, exceed 5 pages excluding the budget accounts.

 

Partner:CAB

 

Project title:Strengthening of Organizational Capacity and Advocacy Skills of CAB Locally and Nationally. 

 

Country:Liberia

 

Report period and quarter:November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, Q4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delayed

Partially

delayed

As expected

Partially

Ahead

Ahead

 

Status for activities up to the end of this reporting period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Activities and project monitoring

Describe in point form the activities which have been implemented during the report period:

Outcome 2.1, 1.7 Monthly Meeting. Fully achieved. All four branches have begun having their monthly meetings regularly. The CAB Montserrado Branch Fundraising Committee comprising seven membersand is presently engaged in discussion onacquiring farm land for agricultural purposes. This strategy the committee believe is sustainable since yields from the farm could be sold and consumed by the organization.

 

Hence the CAB Montserrado branch will do  anapplication for the Social Grant to carry on the farming. The branch was excluded from the grant in the first application because everybody wanted money for personal use and that was not what the social grant is intended for.  

 

CAB has been successful in advocating for the passage of five legal instruments and is now taking the advocacy to the level of implementation of these laws. The laws include CRPD, White Cane Law, Marakesh Treaty, NCD Act and  NUOD.    

 

The Youth committee was cautioned not to be dormant but to plan programs.

 

We also discussed about our members that are sick and are unable to perform active duty.

 

It was also agreed in our meeting that the Seventh General Assembly be held from 12 December to 14 December, 2017 and the adoption of the Four Year Strategic Development Plan and the Financial Policy of CAB.

 

11 Years old Sema Weefur, commonly known as Little Flavor, an upcoming Musical Star who has team up with International Musical Icon Flavor, signed a 5 Year Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with CAB. The breakdowns are as follows:

 

50 percent for Sema Wefur

20 percent for his parents (Tina and Konyan Weefur)

20 percent for CAB

10 percent for Crusaders for Peace.

  

This five years Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) is renewable. Whatever benefits Sema gets from singing,will be distributed as seen supra.

 

Moreover student Elijah Menyon won a poetry contest online from India. He was to travel to India this January for the final contest but the risk of sending a little Blind Boy unaccompanied is an issue worth consildering.

 

The title of his Poem is as follows: ”The Struggle of my Life”.

 

CAB Membership dues payment has started effective January 2018 with payment as follows; Officials LD$125.00 Ordinary LD$50.00  and Students LD$20.00.

 

The total membership is 57 members. The total of LD$2,185.00  has been collected as dues payment.

CAB Grand Bassa Branch has started the clearing of a parcel of land for farming and is contemplating on establishing a Branch in District #1 Grand Bassa County because of the number of Blind persons in the District and the far distance to the headquarters for meetings. This is due to the advocacy on various local radio stations on the membership drive. The membership is 139.

 

Due payments have started and members are cooperating. This mood is also amongst members of Margibi and Bong branches of CAB. The total membershipfor Bong is 54 and Margibi is 49 members. Margibi has opened a new branch in Larkata and the first meeting was held on January 20 with 10 members. The branch has air time now on two local radio stations, Radio Margibi and Atlantic Radio advocating for blind/partially sighted people. CAB Margibi branch has alsostarted the clearing of land for planting cassava.

 

 

Outcome 2.1, 1.8,General Assembly. Fully achieved. the 7th General Assembly sponsored by the Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) started from December 12 to 14 with about 41 members from Maryland, Bong, Margibi, Bomi, Rivercess, Grand Bassa and Montserrado  counties at the headquarters of CAB.

 

 Others who attended the Assembly as fraternal groups to CAB were:

Representatives from the National Union of the Disabled;andLiberia Association of the Deaf. 

 

Theme:

CREATING SPACE AND OPPORTUNITIES IN SOCIETY FOR INCLUSIVE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE BLIND TO ENGAGE IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE OF THE STATE FOR INDIVIDUAL SUSTAINABILITY.

Mr. James P. Johnson, Chairperson of CAB’s Membership Committee brought greetings from Fraternal Partners and the formal welcoming of Delegates, Observers, Guest, Project and Support staff was made by Sir Beyan G. Kota National President and Chief Executive Officer of CAB who expressed his gladness and appreciation to all partners especially the Danish Association of the Blind [DAB], for their continuous support to CAB. He was also grateful to the membership of CAB for their cooperation received and he thanked them for honoring the invitation to attend the 7th General Membership Assembly. He asked them to make good use of the Assembly’s deliberation and come out with those decisions that will bring growth and development to the Association.

In his address to the General Assembly of CAB, Mr. Kota acknowledged God for the bountiful blessings HE continues to bestow upon the organization and for sustaining individual members of the Liberia Christian Association of the Blind even in worst situation.

 

The fight to survive in Liberia according to Mr. Kota, has always been an acute challenge for the blind and partially sighted. The conduct of the nation’s first round of the general and presidential elections held on October 10, 2017 which the opposition Liberty Party legally protested on grounds of vote wraking and irregularities, for whitch the Party prayed the intervention of the Supreme Court of Liberia has been treated with many reactions by the general populace.

The Supreme Court in its response to the aggrieved Party, issued a “A STAY ORDER”, prohibiting the Liberia National Elections to sieze from continuing the second round of elections until all election grievances were properly adjudicated.

As the legal wrangling continued between authorities of the national election and the opposition Liberty Party, so too did the economic hardship increased for ordinary persons in the country. The economy of the state is becoming unbearable as the US rate to the Liberia dollars is reported at 130 Liberian dollars to 1 US on the local market. As a consequence, prices on goods and services are sky rocketing thus, increasing the vulnerability of underpriviledged sector of the Liberian society.

As the Supreme Court later ruled in favor of”RUN OFF” or a “second round”,, we can now hope for a gradual dissolution of the economic uncertainty that permeated the nation during the chaotic democratic general and presidential elections. The second round of elections to determine the election of a new government was successfully held on December 26, 2017 and Senator Ambassador George Weah was elected as Liberia’s 24th President and Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President respectively.

It is however, worth noting that even under normal conditions, the blind have continue to experience exclusion from the mainstream of society and to face discrimination on a daily basis. Our resolve to work together under the umbrella of CAB, must from time to time be sustained in the support we sincerely demonstrate for one another; eradicating all forms of discrimination against the blind. The problem of the blind is not only the scarcity of resources or the lack of them. Our problem is structural, has deep roots and is based in legal framework development programs and cultural practices including values customs and traditions.

Blind people are still far behind in Liberia experiencing multiple discrimination and economic inequalities.

Mr. Kota further highlighted key achievements for the passed two years [2016/17], notable among which were the fight against the Ebola spread and commended the European Blind Union and the Danish Association of the Blind for supporting the Association to combat the disease. Mentioning Further, was the partnership agreement the association signed in July 2016 with DAB aimed at development capacity of the organization and membership strengthening. This is a 30 month ongoing project funded by DISABLED PEOPLE ORGANIZATION OF DENMARK [DPOD], currently being implemented by CAB in Liberia.

 

There were speakers from the Human Rightsand Rule of Law Divisions of the Ministry of Justice, the National Legislature, the NationalComission on Disability, the National Union of Organization of Disabled, Student Leader of the University of Liberiaand the Consultant of CAB, etc etc.

 

The topics were Government Policy on Inclusive Education,4 Year Strategic Development Plan, Review of CAB’S Joint Cooperation with the Union of Disabled:Agenda for Program Implementation Prospects and Challenges, Review and Adaptation of the Financial Policy of CAB as a Key Ingredient for achieving Transparency and Accountability within the Organization, a Review of Liberia’s Shadow Report to the United Nations and the Post 2015 Development Goals, the empowerment of the Blind and Participation in society, Status Report on the Danish CABACITY Project for the Blind in Liberia, , approach to the Marginalized and Underprivileged Sector of Society; Challenges and Prospects for the Blind, etc.      Coordinators from the counties made their annual report to the assembly enumerating the prospects and challenges during the period under review. Please see full details of the General Assembly attached.

Election for Vice President of CAB was conducted and Mr. Anthony Dangan, Coordinator of Bomi was elected.

 

After three long Business days of hard work and deliberations on matters that are of importance to CAB at the 7th National General Assembly of CAB, the leadership and delegates’ were able to reached EIGHT (8) counts resolutions which were subsequently adopted as follows:

 

1.The assembly agreed to extend  organization capacity-building activities to other local branches in other parts of Liberia similar to that currently being funded by DPOD through the Danish Association of the Blind;

2. The Assembly resolved to prioritise the development of other local branches where organizational activities are very weakand where the impoverishment of the blind is extremely acute and exacerbated. The resolution further committed the association to take measures that will Strengthen the collection of membership data and ensure its disaggregation of women, men, boys and girls for the purpose of influencing policy development and attracting resources for organizational sustainability;

3. We resolved to continue exploring opportunities for the literacy and scientific development of the blind and building of members potential capabilities through advocacy and awareness raising locally and nationally;

4.agreed to exert the organization’s energy towards the cultivation of large farmland for crups production which can be used for generating revenue for program and individual members sustainability;

5.reinforced the Association’s commitment to individual access to financing by extending the village saving loan to a large population of the blind particularly those in the membership of CAB;

6.Take measures to ensure the establishment of women empowerment program specifically for the development of blind women within the Association;

7. Ensure that the CAB 4-year strategic plan adopted at its 7th General Assembly is deployed as the roadmap for achieving the development agenda of the Association;

8. Resolved to maintain and foster further co-operation with the government of Liberia and strengthen the Association’s partnership with its international affiliations including the World Blind Union, African Union of the Blind and the Danish Association of the Blind and other fraternal groups.

 

        

Outcome 2.1, 1.10 Update of Membership database. Partially achieved. The membership is necessary since the ebola  virus disease made many of the members to leave their original place of residence. Membership forms were developed and filled in by new as well as reactivated members of the four target branches covered under the project. The four target branches are Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Bong counties. Presently, the membership are as follows: Montserrado 57, Margibi 49, Grand Bassa 139 and Bong 54members. The membership is ongoing.

 

Outcome 2.2, 1.12 Meeting with Duty Bearers. Partially achieved. Stake holders met with the Minister of Education at the Ministry of Education in November to discuss about Inclusive Education draft policy. Stake holders in attendance were Sight Savers, Handicap International, Carter Center, NUOD and CAB.

 

Our prayer is for the policy to be adopted for consumption.

 

The Vice President of Liberia paid a visit to CAB ensuring CAB that she has heard the cries and the newly elected government will be willing to work with CAB in alleviating/reducing the numerous challenges faced by persons with disabilities.  

Outcome 2.1, 1.13 Production of Radio Spot. Fully achieved.

 

Ten radio spots(jingles) were aired on five national radio stations that are widely listened to through out the country and three local radio stations creating awareness on ”AN ACT ON THE USE OF THE WHITE CANE TO SAFEGUARD THE RIGHTS OF THE BLIND TO PUBLIC FACILITIES IN LIBERIA”

 

The message in the jingles is: 

Section 5: That all drivers of motor vehicles approaching a pedestrian who is using a white cane, guide dog or service animal, shall take all necessary

precautions to avoid injury to such a pedestrian.

Section 6: That the driver of a vehicle approaching a totally blind or partially sighted pedestrian who is carrying cane predominantly white in color without

a red tip, shall take all necessary precautions to avoid accident that may result into injury to such pedestrian. Any driver who fails to take precaution

shall be liable in damages for any injury caused to such a pedestrian.

 

Articles 24 on Inclusive Education and Article 27 on Work and Employment are also highlighted in the jingles. The awareness is paying offbecause crosswalks are now regularly painted as compared to prior to the jingles when the crosswalks were almost invisible. By public demand a continuation of the awareness is welcoming.

 

Outcome 2.1, 1.14Uploading on Social Media. Partially achieved.

 

Two of the target branches, Bong and Grand Bassa production is now on facebook for the public to know that disability is not inability. Blind/partially sighted people too when given the opportunity can make meaningful contribution to society. This exercise is an ongoing thing.

We are on facebook and will soon be on other social media like What’s Up and Tweeter to create awareness to the duty bearers  that blind/partially sighted people are able to make meaningful contributions to society if their capacity is buildas the Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) is doingfor CAB. 

 

Outcome 3.1, 1.16 Social Empowerment Grant. Partially achieved.

 

Project proposals were written by CAB Grand Bassabranch, CAB Margibibranch and CAB Bong branch for two grants each in advocacy and organizational development.

 

The applications were assessed by the Project Assessment Committee (PAC) comprising two males and one female to assessed these applications to ensure that theyare qualified to receive the grant.

 

All three qualified branchesare engaged in the production Margibi and Bong in the production of soap while Grand Bassa is engaged in training four males and one female in wood work. During our visit we saw the trainees at work and a show case of chairs, tables benches made by the trainees. We were very impressed to see the passion and enthusiasm with which they are learning.

 

When we visited CAB Bong branch the laundry soap that were produced were shown and while we were there customers came to purchase some of the soap.

 

CAB Montserrado branch has now decided on what to do with the grant. A decision was reached to purchase farm land to grow fast growing crops to sell and consume. They hope to be considered in the second phase of application for the social grant.       

 

2. Status for the results to be achieved by the activities and result indicators (reference is made to the Logical Framework)

- Give an account for the status of each result and indicators.as described in the Action Plan of the reporting period and in the Logical Framework Matrix.

- Have the result been achieved wholly or partially? Wholly and partially.

- Has a need arisen for an adjustment or change of result? None.

- Other observations

 

A AND B BELOW ONLY FOR HALF YEARLY AND YEARLY REPORTS:

 

A. Select two major activities from the last six months or one year and try to describe the impact for the visually impaired people in general or for a narrower group being targeted (e.g. women).

1. Leadership

2. Social Empowerment Grant

 

B. Make a short appraisal of the status for immediate objectives and indicators and the realism of reaching the proposed objectives within the full project period.

 

CAB is implementing the activities as scheduled. Up to 40% of the expected result is achieved.

 

3. Problems and/or new possibilities

- What problems have been encountered during the period (quarter) in terms of activity implementation or other areas? No serious problem to stop activities.

- Have new possibilities emerged which could in some way improve the project?

 

4. Changes and adjustments

- Explain in point form any changes and adjustments concerning activities of the project which were necessary because of the above mentioned problems/new possibilities under point 3. 1.12 Meeting with Duty Bearers.

 

5. Narrative Stories of Change

Case 1:Leadership 

Coordinators are exhibiting the skills learned from the workshops by having regular meetings and submitting the minutes to headquarters. They are also carrying out the advocacy skills by using the air time to create awareness.

 

Case 2: Social empowerment grant.

Two of the branches, Margibi and Bong are actively involved in the production of laundry soap while Grand Bassa branch is manufacturing woodwork materials as chairs, tables, benches, etc.

 

The soap made by Margibi and Bong is already on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Status for expenditure

 

NO

ITEM DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT US$

1

Budgeted expenditure taken from the Action Plan for each activity

US$16,720.00

2

Actual expenditure for each activity 

US$15, 890.00

3

Actual total expenditure at the end of this reporting period (quarter)

US$15,890.00

                                                                                                                                                     

Please see expenditure record of Accountant.

 

7. Budget adjustments made during the reporting period (quarter)

- State any major budget adjustments made (if any) and why. Note: Adjustments can only be made during a quarter subject to the approval of the Project Steering Group.

 

1.12 budget line increased from US$75.00 monthly to US$150.00 monthly to ensure that all four target groups are covered in terms of meetings with Duty Bearers.

 

8. Future budget adjustments

Based on the experiences made during this reporting period (quarter), is there a need for budget adjustments?

- If ”yes”, state the budget lines in question and justify the adjustments in relation to the problems described in section 3.

 

 

9. Additional commentsNo comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICTORIAL VIEW OF THE 7TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

                        

                       

                       

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBERIA CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND, INC.

VIA TOWN, ROBERTS FIELD HIGHWAY, MONTSERRADO COUNTY

ANNUAL REPORT

COVERING THE FISCAL YEAR

JANUARY 2, 2017 THROUGH  DECEMBER 31, 2017.

 

JANUARY 30, 2018.

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

 

1.     INTRODUCTION……………………………………………….3

2.     OVERVIEW……………………………………………………...4 – 5

3.     THE REPORT……………………………………………………6 – 30

4.     PICTORIAL VIEWS OF SOME ACTIVITIES……………….31- 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

This Annual Report covers activities of CAB for the last Fiscal Year January 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The period under review was great, though encountered several challenges which inclusive of national political seasons for the Presidential Legislative Elections, financial hardship and other administrative problems, notwithstanding the Leadership of CAB subdued those odds and made immense progress. 

There were high expectation to achieving many ear-marked activities, but for some reasons beyond our control, we could not attain all of them.

We look forward to you reading this report with comprehension with the hope it will make sense to you.

 

OVERVIEW OF CAB:

 

CAB’s Background and Objectives:

CAB runs a Resource Center for the Blind. The Center was established 2008 and currently caters to the educational, training, and livelihood needs of 86 Blind and Partially-sighted children.  The Association also provides support to membership groups and initiatives across the country, reaching an estimated 5,000 Blind and Partially-sighted persons.  Over the last 8 years, the Resource Center has provided education for over 500 persons and has taken in and supported the daily livelihood needs of over a 1000 Blind and partially-sighted persons.

 

Despite the achievements of CAB in establishing and running the Center for the last Eight (8) years, funding and sustainability challenges have been ever-present. From year to years, CAB has struggled to manage funding gaps, sometimes at the expense of program effectiveness and quality.

 

To help address the situation, CAB increased its investment in income generation through the establishment and operation of a poultry and piggery at the time and engagement in agriculture. These investments have helped put over 100 Blind and Partially-sighted persons to work, through direct production and maintenance work and through the marketing of eggs. It has also contributed tremendously to bridging the funding gaps by sometimes close to 75 per cent. At the peak of production, CAB carried a piggery stock of more than 60 and chicken stock of 2000. These added a potent income source for the Association and for the operation of the Resource Center.

Additionally, from 1998 to the onset of the Ebola crisis, CAB ran a microfinance program that reached approximately 346 blind and partially-sighted persons with micro loans which helped them engage in income generation activities. By the onset of Ebola, around 576  Blind and Partially-sighted persons had received an estimated $US43,000 in micro loans and were engaged in a variety of income-generation ventures, from soap-making to char-coal production, sales of local commodities including pastry, vegetable and tuber crop production, poultry  and piggery an the marketing of same. To date for the last 3.5 years, these booster agricultural activities “Poultry, Piggery and Vegetables production” were ceased.

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT THE CLOSED OF THE 5TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF CAB

April 27, 2014 

Resolutions:

1: Ensure  that all existing branches of the Association situated in the political sub-divisions of Liberia are strengthened by giving specific priority to the training and capacity building of local leaders to effectively manage the branch’s work, account for the property of the organization and undertake membership drive activities;

2. Ensure the establishment of additional two new branches of CAB, one in the southeast  and the second in the north with specific training exposure for CAB members at national and local levels, provide livelihood support and small business venture for members of CAB, and increase literacy and numeracy programs  to benefit target members of the association, and undertake the delivery of any other direct support geared at the empowerment of the blind in areas in which the association is established;

3. That efforts and measures must be taken to ensure that target and achievement include the adequate participation of youth and particularly women and girls in the leadership, all the works, programs and deliverables of CAB;

 4. Ensure that trained personnel of CAB take assignment in the branch work of the Association to support the local leadership and buttress the literacy program of CAB;

5 Lobby with government particularly members of the legislature of Liberia to increase current budgetary allotment to CAB to enable it employ personnel and provide salaries for social workers,  care givers who will deliver services, provide support and ensure care for visually impaired learners undergoing education and rehabilitation training on campus and hire security personnel to guarantee the security of center facility and property;

6. Devise new strategies for activism and intensify the advocacy mechanism of the Association directed at authorities of the university of Liberia that will yield to the rapid admission of blind and visually impaired students at all state universities in the country;

7. Take measures to ensure the full rehabilitation and refurbishment of center clinic and school facilities for the purposes of addressing the health needs of students on campus, and afford students and staff decent standard of working atmosphere and conducive learning environment. Also, attract external financial support from donor to renovate existing office facility of CAB to refurbish same to a more appreciable standard to ensure efficiency and the delivery of quality services to the blind and partially sighted;

8. Hire the services of a project manager to undertake the development and management of projects and the writing  of project proposals. Also, employ an accountant who will assist in accounting for the income and expenditures of the association, ensure check and balance in the management of financial procedures and records and documentation of same.  this way, the work load of our finance  officer, National President/CEO  and few other staff at the national secretariat of the association would have been reduced.   

9. increase positive partnership engagement with the Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) the World Braille Foundation (WBF), World Blind Union (WBU), African Union of the Blind (AFUB) and other international partners and explore the development of new partnership with other national and international organizations whose core values are similar to that of CAB;

10. Ensure effective engagement with all functionaries of government in Liberia to guarantee inclusive social development of the blind and partially sighted, their empowerment for participation in decision making, employment in the work force and individual sustainability.  To this effect, the assembly mandated the national leadership of CAB to develop a five year strategic plan to be used as a role map for achieving the adopted resolutions.

In addition to the resolution mentioned herein, the assembly also adopted a position statement regarding gender equity and justice which was presented to the national legislature of the republic of Liberia. See attached.

 

 

 

 

LIBERIA’S REPORT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE 7TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2017

 

By: Sir. Beyan Gorballa Kota

National President/CEO

Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Inc.

 

Summary

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

The Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Inc., was founded by a group of young Blind persons and dedicated professional sighted persons in the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia on April 28, 1985. CAB was founded primarily to cater to the education and social development needs of the Blind and visually-impaired persons within the Liberian society. CAB is a CAB is a legally registered National Non-governmental Organization of the Blind and Partially Sighted, incorporated by ACT of the National Legislature of Liberia in 1993. CAB is accredited by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs now Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and certified by the Ministry of Education to undertake initiatives for the education and rehabilitation, empowerment of the Blind in Liberia.

 

To date, Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), is a Membership base organization and runs a Resource Center for the Blind. The Association also provides support to membership groups and initiatives across the country, reaching an estimated 5,000 Blind and Partially-sighted persons, CAB also runs a center which was established 2008 and currently caters to the educational, training, and livelihood needs of 86 Blind and partially-sighted children. Over the last 7 years, the Resource Center has provided education for over 500 persons and has taken in and supported the daily livelihood needs of over a 1000 Blind and Partially-sighted persons.

 

The General Assembly is the most representative expression of the Association constituting the highest decision making body which is held once every (3-4) year.

 

The hosting of the 7th National General Assembly last year (2017) is in compliance with CAB’s Constitution. The attendance of this Assembly was great with all CAB’s branches from the counties represented.

 

The three days General Assembly was held successfully, deliberating on those items that characterized the Assembly’s Agenda.

 

It is our conviction’s report will make sense to our Sponsors, readers and well-wishers.

 

AGENDA

 

DAY ONE:

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

 

  1. 8:00 – 9:00AM - Arrival and Registration (The Secretariat of CAB) ---Delegates & Observers
  2. 9:01 –10:00AM – Breakfast (All attending the workshop)
  3. 10:01 – 11:00AM -Self introduction of all Delegates & Observers
  4. Bringing Greetings Fraternal & Partner from the National President of CAB, Sir. Beyan G. Kota.

SESSION ONE:

11:01 – 11:30AM – Official Statement on the Status of the organization over the period. January   2016 - December 2017…………Beyan G. Kota, National President/CEO

                              Moderated by Jacob Joe-Chairperson, CAB Membership Committee.

 

11:31 -12:00PM-Questions & Answers on Matters arising from the report: Moderated by Jacob Joe-Chairperson, CAB Membership Committee.

                                                                                                                                                                  

SESSION TWO:

12:01- 1:00PM Government Policy of Inclusive Education for Persons with Disabilities

                          in Liberia  --------------------------Mr. Mohammed Konneh

                                                      Director Division of Special Education Ministry of Education

                                                    Moderated By Rally T. Fallah-Chairperson CAB Finance

                                                    Committee.

 

1:01-2:00PM..………………………………………………………………………LUNCH

 

SESSION THREE:

2:01 -2:45PM –Keynote Address and Formal Opening of the 7th General Assembly; Hon. Fedricck Cherue,  Minister of Justice, Republic of Liberia

Speaking on the Topic “Creating space and Opportunities in Society for Inclusive Social Development and the Empowerment of the Blind to engage in the Economic and Social Life of the State for Individual Sustainability”

 

2:45 -3:45PM QUESTIONS and ANSWERS from matters arising from Hon. Cherue’s Presentation: Moderated by: Sir Beyan G. Kota President/CEO CAB.

 

SESSION FOUR:

3:50PM-4:30-Presentation and Facilitation of the development of CAB’s Four Years Strategic Development Plan By-Mr. James Thompson-CAB Strategic Development Officer.

Moderated by: Winifred Paye –Chairperson on CAB’s Youth Committee.

 

 

SESSION FIVE:

4:31PM-5:00PM- Review of CAB Joint Co-operation WITH THE Union of the Disabled.

AGENDA FOR PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

Presented by: The President of the Union, Moderated by: the President of the Union

 

5:01PM - 5:30PM –Deliberating on Program Implementation and Matters Arising from the Presentation with the Union of the Disabled. Moderated by Mrs. Mercy W. Gaigaie, Member CAB’s Women Committee;

 

DAY TWO:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017.

 

7:30AM – 8:00AM –Breakfast

8:01- 8:30 Roll Call and Review of Day’s One Activities – Elijah G. Manyon, Member CAB’s Youth Committee;

 

SESSION SIX:

8:30AM-10:00AM reporting on progress of CAB Local Branches (Bomi, Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Maryland, Rivercess and other counties. Moderated by Celio M. George – Project Coordinator, CABACITY in Liberia;

 

SESSION SEVEN:

10:00AM – 11:00AM – Review and Adaptation of the Financial Policy of CAB as a Key Ingredient for achieving Transparency and Accountability within the Organization, with historic prospective to the Liberian Context presented by Mr. Christian Weeks – Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA). Moderated by Robert L. Korzawu –Project Accountant, CABACITY in Liberia;

 

SESSION EIGHT:

 

11:01 – 12:00PM, a Review of Liberia’s Shadow Report to the United Nations and the Post 2015 Development Goals, the empowerment of the Blind and Participation in society , by Mr. Kutuka Divine Tokpa – Director Human Rights Division, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Liberia. Moderated by Beyan G. Kota –National President/CEO CAB;

 

SESSION NINE:

12:01 PM- 1:00PM Status Report on the Danish CABACITY Project for the Blind in Liberia, presented by Attorney Celio M. George – Project Coordinator, Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB). Moderated by Anthony N. Dangan, Coordinator–CAB Bomi Branch.

 

1:01PM – 2:00PM – Lunch

 

SESSION TEN:

2:00PM – 2:45PM – Financial Report Covering the Period 2016 - 2017 by Madam Fatu C. Kota, Education Administrator CAB. Moderated by Lawrence Sackie, Coordinator, CAB Margibi Branch

SESSION ELEVEN:

2:46PM – 3:30PM – Presentation on Organizational Ethics presented by MR. Christian T. G. Tabla – LIPA. Moderated by Emmanuel Nagba, Member CAB Youth Committee.

 

SESSION TWELVE:

3:01PM – 4:15PM – Strengthening the Participation of Blind Women in Leadership of CAB presented by Ms. Grace Lorpu Johnson, Chairperson, CAB’s Women Committee. Moderated by Ms. Beatrice Kollie, Member CAB’s Women Committee.

 

SESSION THIRTEEN:

4:16PM – 5:00PM – Deliberating the Viability of the Liberia Economy and its inclusive approach to the Marginalized and Underprivileged Sector of Society; Challenges and Prospects for the Blind, presented by Mr. Martin Kollie, Student Representative University of Liberia. Moderated by Joseph Zawu, Member CAB Youth Committee.

 

DAY THREE:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

7:00AM – 8:00AM Breakfast

 

8:01AM- 8:30 Roll Call and Overview of Day Two Activities: by Robert S. Kpadoe, Coordinator, CAB Grand Bassa County.

 

SESSION FOURTEEN:

8:31 – 9:15AM, Update of Current Membership of the Association Guidelines governing, obtaining, retaining and or losing membership to the Association; presented by Mr. James P. Johnson, Chairperson Membership Committee; moderated by Johnson K. Kortu, member, CAB.

 

SESSION FIFTEEN:

9:15AM – 10:00AM; Leadership and Organizational Management, by Sir Christian T. G. Tabla, from the Liberia Institute of Public Administration, (LIPA), Moderated by Sylvester K. Sherman, Member CAB.

 

SESSION SIXTEEN:

10:00AM – 11:45PM, Critical Review of the Association’s Relationship with the Liberia’s National Commission on Disabilities; presented by the Executive Director of the NCD;

 

11:46AM -12:00PM, Questions and Answers arising from the presentation on the National Commission on Disabilities; moderated by Rallay T. Fallah, Chairperson, CAB Finance Committee.

 

SESSION SEVENTEEN:

12:01PM – 1:30PM, Elections;;

 

1:31PM – 2:30PM LUNCH

 

SESSION EIGHTEEN:

2:30PM – 4:00PM; the conduct of a Panel Discussion on the Topic: “Affirmative Action Laws for Representation and Equitable Participation of 2016, Challenges and Prospects”, by Representatives Hon. Accarous Gray, Hon. Muna P Young Blood, and Hon. Larry P Younquoi of the Honorable 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia, Moderated by Sir Beyan G. Kota, Chief Executive Officer, CAB.

 

4:01PM – 5:00PM, Adoption of Resolutions and final approval of the Four Years Strategic Plan of CAB’s General Assembly.

 

5:01PM – 6:30PM, Formal Closing Ceremony of the 7th General Assembly of the Association and Departure of Delegates.

 

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Mr. Kota speaks at Marakesh Conference. Click on photo to see full video