PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Monrovia, Liberia

May 20th, 2015

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Chapter Name: PTPI’s Monrovia, Liberia Chapter

Project Name: “PTPI Monrovia Chapter Identifies with Ebola Survivors”


Group Photo of Ebola Survivors and Chapter Members

Number of Beneficiaries: 100+

Project Description: “On May 8 of this year (2015), the World Health Organization officially declared Liberia free of the deadly Ebola virus disease. The virus was reported in March of 2014 in Foya Lofa County and later escalated to Monrovia where it killed over three thousand Liberians. Though the virus has been defeated from Liberia, it left behind orphans including widows and widowers across the country. Some of these survivors are in orphanages while others are with relatives and loved ones striving to rebuild their lives. Therefore, on May 15, 2015, the chapter offered a project in support of these survivors. Rice, copy books, and soap were provided to the Ebola survivors of four communities.”

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: “Members from the chapter identified with more than one hundred Ebola survivors from four different communities in Montserrado County. The beneficiaries of these communities include people from the SDK Complex Community, the GSA Road Community, the Swakamore/SKD Boulevard Community, Zayzay Community and the Gbangay Town Community in Sinkor.

‘I am very much thankful for PTPI providing me these items as it will add some value to me and my two children as we strive to get life going,’ said Isaac Momo, a 39 year-old resident of the SKD Community who lost sixteen members of his family including his wife. He was full of joy upon receiving the donation from PTPI Liberia Chapter.”

Reflection on Lessons Learned: “The reception of the beneficiaries shows how desperately people who suffered from the Ebola pandemic are in need of assistance to rebuilding their livelihood. Seeing the need of people who survived from the Ebola virus disease, the chapter will give more attention to individuals who survived from the Ebola virus and at the same time look at other issues affecting the lives of citizens.”

Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

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PTPI Chapter Projects: Learning About “Mariposas pequenas de Leon” in Berlin

May 8th, 2015

On April 16, 2015, Magrit Liepe, member of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter, presented the educational project “Mariposas pequeñas de Leon,” which she plans to implement in Leon, Nicaragua. With this project, Magrit continues her fundraising efforts for children in an educational scholarship program in Leon. These efforts are set in the framework of a city partnership between Salzburg (Austria) and Leon (Nicaragua). At PTPI’s European Office, she presented the results of two previous projects in Leon, shared interesting details about Nicaragua, and showed a number of photos, handcrafted sculptures as well as prints of art work. In the end, participants enjoyed a taste of the typical national drink Pinolillo made of cocoa and cornmeal.

Members of PTPI's Berlin, Germany Chapter

Members of PTPI’s Berlin, Germany Chapter

Here’s an excerpt from Magrit’s presentation:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our active members of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter, “Brücke der Freundschaft e.V.”, for their continued commitment and support in many ways to a project especially for young pupils in Leon, Nicaragua (the poorest country in Central America). Lots of children have to leave the education system in Nicaragua far too early because their parents cannot afford to send their children to school. To overcome illiteracy and to develop the public health system, a lot remains to be done. The potential for social innovation and sustainable development has not been fully understood or implemented yet, or is at least still insufficient.

Several campaigns and initiatives have been started all over the world to give children in Nicaragua a chance to graduate from school. I met a motivated team of the city partnership Salzburg (Austria) – Leon (Nicaragua) offering a scholarship program to children in Leon. In an effort of further support, I decided to run an additional project to help those children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

The project combines theoretical learning with hands-on practical elements during leisure time after school lessons. To make the project sustainable, I needed additional financial support, which I received from the members of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter in the form of generous donations. I thank all our supporters and donors for their kind help and hope to be able to organize more support for our young people in Nicaragua in the future. PTPI’s Berlin Chapter “Brücke der Freundschaft e.V.” is standing for bridge of friendship – hands-on and engaged! Thank you!”

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PTPI’s Global Book Club – May Selection

May 1st, 2015

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Join PTPI’s Atlanta, Georgia USA Chapter as they lead a book discussion centered on The Tortilla Curtaina novel by U.S. author T.C. Boyle. You can join the discussion in person during PTPI’s upcoming conference in Atlanta. It will focus on the topic of human rights from a number of perspectives, both global and local. Learn more about it and register!

Boyle navigates two very different cultures within one California community in the 1990s – the Mossbachers and the Rincons – the former, Los Angeles liberals living in a newly gated hilltop community, and the latter, a Mexican couple fighting for the American Dream in a makeshift camp at the bottom of the ravine. The intersection of these two very different cultures results in comedic tragedy of misunderstanding.

Stay tuned for the next book announcement in July.

People to People International’s Global Book Club is a way to connect with your global community. Global Book Club members communicate about valuable, international topics and gain unique insight and understanding of various cultural views in relation to those topics. For more information on People to People International, visit or PTPI’s Facebook Page. #globalbookclub 

The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of  PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.