Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society: Hands-On Humane Ed
Supported by AKI, starting in January 2016, LAWCS and Ghana SPCA humane ed students have been designing, planning, and implementing projects that directly benefit animals. Once the projects are completed--by July or August--Ghana SPCA and LAWCS will organize award ceremonies-one in Liberia, one in Accra, Ghana and one in Zebilla, Ghana (also supported by AKI) to celebrate the completion of successful projects. This post describes what LAWCS humane ed students have done so far.
AKI, LAWCS, and GSPCA developed an application for Humane Education Project Funding, and in early February, Morris Darbo and Korpo Mason (now deceased-
see the AKI "In Memory of" page) visited schools in Lofa Country, where the
LAWCS humane ed program is taught, and met with each lead HE teacher to discuss the application and the process of developing and submitting a project proposal.
LAWCS left applications with the HE teachers and over the next weeks, Morris and Korpo visited their schools and HE clubs to check on the progress and to provide assistance, as needed (pictures below of humane ed groups planning their projects).
By February 19, we had received 12 applications from LAWCS HE clubs, and we approved them all ($100 for each club project).
Now, all LAWCS HE clubs are in the process of project implementation. On a weekly basis, LAWCS is monitoring each club’s progress.
The following are two LAWCS projects currently in progress.
Kids Connection Daycare School’s project uses the local radio station to reach
the public with humane education messages. Every week, the group has a
humane education program on the radio, focusing on a different animal protection and care topic (see pictures below).
Voinjama Public School’s project is a rabies vaccine clinic along with awareness
raising on responsible pet ownership (see pictures below). The students conduct
weekly community awareness education by going door to door, visiting pet
owners. The students educate pet owners about the care and welfare of their
pets. This project will continue for four months, the first two months will focus on awareness and education, followed by a rabies vaccination clinic.
The projects will benefit so many dogs and cats, they are a wonderful learning experience for the students, and the communities will benefit by having healthier animals and empowered youth! We'll keep you updated on the other projects as they move ahead!