Empowerment Squared Project Report

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A Project of Empowerment Squared building liv e s through lite rac y INTRODUCTION – FROM LIBERIA TO CANADA AND BACK AGAIN Liberia, a nation of nearly four million on Africa’s west coast between Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, is the continent’s oldest republic. Founded by freed American slaves in 1847, its name and history are conduits of hope and transformation, but in the last decades of the Twentieth Century, fierce civil conflict and interethnic war eviscerated a proud nation. More than 750,000 Liberians fled their homeland as refugees. One of those refugees was a fifteen-year-old Leo Johnson. While most Canadian teenagers unlocked the internet, watched Friends and learned to drive, Leo spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a Government Sponsored Refugee with a vision to help youth in Canada and Liberia become champions in their communities. In 2007, as a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Leo founded CURE (Care…show more content…
ED and Board member meet with the Rotary Club of Monrovia as implementing partners of the Liberian Learning Center Project. 7 THE INVESTMENT The total budget for the Liberian Learning Center project is $1.9 million USD, accounting for construction, operating costs (for three years) and project reserves. Project construction will begin once 80% of budget is committed – estimated to be by spring of 2014. This is a significant investment, but one made with proven partners, a thorough and sustainable plan and a strong vision. Budget (Forecast) Task Project Costs LLC Building and Programming Operating Costs Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Sub-Total Management Reserves Project Reserve (5%) EMV Risk Costs Total Cost $ $ 86,906.25 88,785.00 $ $ $ 233,600.00 245,280.00 259,245.00 $ 1,000,000.00 Cost $ 1,738,125.00 $ 1,913,816.25 8

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