Benjamin Rose and Levi Gaye founded Rose’s Organization for Advocacy and Development (ROAD) to support underprivileged Liberian children through three specific initiatives. These initiatives for Liberian children are: 1) advocacy to eliminate human trafficking, 2) services to assist disabled children, and 3) providing educational opportunities to children.
The foundation for this organization was first laid out when Benjamin Rose was involved in a Liberian community-based organization called Movement for Community Development. At that time he discovered his passion for improving communities in Liberia and the individual lives that make them up. He became a fierce advocate for sponsoring Liberian children, often spending his last financial resources in order to help others and this continues on to this day.
The final straw that led to the formation of the NGO ROAD was the devastating results of 14 years of civil unrest in Liberia. On July 29, 2014, ROAD was formed, and it has been committed to raising awareness and generating funds to change the lives of underprivileged and underserved Liberian children.
ROAD empowers Liberian children – regardless of their background, sex, affiliation, or creed – by sponsoring and facilitating environments and opportunities to develop their full potential. This is how these children become positive contributors to their communities and the global world.
At ROAD, we envision a wholesome society where children are freed from homelessness due to their family’s financial instability or lack of support. We believe that when the opportunity is provided, Liberian children will achieve their full potential. To do this, we offer support to orphanages, homeless children, and underprivileged communities in an unceasing effort to make a change through your generous sponsorship and support of our efforts.
Liberia has one of the lowest paying economic systems in the global labor force. This fact paired with parents who struggle to meet the needs of their children or send them to school is the driving force behind why ROAD exists and why there is a need for such an organization.
Children in Liberia are likely to be forced to help their family make ends meet by forgoing any type of school room education in order to earn a meager but necessary income. These children range in age from 5 to 12 years old and because of this tender age, they are extremely vulnerable to negative events that have dangerous consequences. A lack of opportunity and resources plus systemic corruption equates to a dangerous life for a Liberian child. Their biggest threats are sex trafficking, child labor, and child marriages.
At ROAD, we are all too familiar with these crises. Most of our staff has experienced similar struggles as we came of age in Liberia. Now, we want to do our part to help future generations of Liberian children know a better pathway forward, one that removes them from poverty and aligns them with success. Your donations are required to make this happen.
DISCLAIMER: The PDF below can be read for more information and statistics on the most horrendous dangers to Liberian children. The document takes a profound and in depth look at how these children become targets for those who will commit atrocities at their expense. Due to the sensitive and difficult subject matter of this PDF, reader discretion is advised.
We Support Liberian Children:
When you donate money to an NGO you also want to know what the funds are being used for. Are they doing what they are intended to do? What steps are actually being taken to solve the problems the funds are meant to solved? Since we have an overwhelming appreciation for your support, we ‘d like to offer you a detailed overview of some of the actions we take that have made the largest difference in helping Liberian children.
- We travel to select Liberian school administrations to meet underprivileged children whose parents struggle to afford tuition. Once we have the information and have verified its validity, we align children in need with the sponsorship required to continue their education. These children are ideally ones who show ambition and do well in their lessons despite the challenges they face.
- We provide school supplies to help motivate children to take on the work that comes with achieving future success.
- We visit marketplaces during school hours to build relationships with children who are forced to financially support their family on the street and forego classroom education. Doing this helps us get a better idea of the greatest challenges these Liberian children face day to day and provides us with vital information to better support their needs.
- We keep in touch with parents, guardians, and school administrators through unannounced visits. These visits are considered important because they help us to document a child’s daily routine and provide our benefactors with information on how and who their donations are helping.
ROAD is relying on your help to keep advancing our mission. Every step we take is a result of somebody like you choosing to make a difference through your donation.
Letter from the Board:
Greetings, Valued Friends of ROAD,
We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude toward all partners who have financially assisted our efforts in some way and those who have volunteered their time to help our vision and purpose begin to manifest itself. The children of Liberia thank you too because you care enough to help make a difference.
As you know, the work we must do continues on, which means that we are relying on your continued support to keep progressing. Your donations give us the opportunity to support our efforts to develop, maintain, and promote educational opportunities for underprivileged and underserved youth and disabled people in Liberia. We appreciate your confidence in us to carry out this important work with the utmost integrity. Our promise to you is to never squander the gift of resources you provide us with. Because of this, our confidence in you remains high that you will continue to support our mission.
Together, we are changing lives and creating a brighter future for Liberian children.
Office of the Board
Rose’s Organization for Advocacy and Development
Liberia: Facing the Challenges of this Deprived Nation
There are many problems we face as citizens of this world. Few of these concerns are more disparaging to think about than those which exist from countries and cultures that lack the resources they need in order to support their citizens, economically and socially. This is the position in which the people of Liberia find themselves in. This country of just over 5 million people is in a constant struggle. All their lives are impacted by the reality of the challenges of the country. However, none are more affected than the lives of its children. If children are the future, they should be given the resources to do so and help their country thrive.
This has been an ongoing challenge made worse by horrific events. Civil war and unrest for fourteen years has torn Liberia apart at the seams. A derailed economy stripped away their chance to grow and recover, setting them back further than anyone can really say. Add in Ebola and its deadly impact, and the picture grows more dismal. These abysmal events are the dire reality of what Liberian people wake up to daily. It is heartbreaking to see how the people that make up the families and society of this nation are exposed to extreme poverty and oppression when they truly need hope, education, and opportunity. To change this outcome would be a blessing and a dream come true.
What Economic Challenges Create
Struggle is commonplace in Liberia. Over half of their population is unable to meet their basic needs for life. They are victims of a failing economy that has resulted in devastated lives. What makes the challenges even more heartbreaking are that the adults’ problems directly impact the children. It is impossible to imagine what it must feel like to say “there will be no food today” to a hungry child, maybe even a child who cannot speak yet. You don’t need a voice to feel the sadness that comes from going without food.
When adults want to work and cannot or have to work at such a low wage that it barely covers essential needs, you cannot build up a strong and viable economy. Instead, you end up with uneducated and poor individuals doing whatever they can to provide some type of financial means for their family. In these situations, it angers a person to think of how these people are being taken advantage of due to a lack of education. This basically equates to leaving them feeling like they have little or no worth. As we know, all humans have worth, and Liberians are no exception!
Education is Critical
According to data from UNICEF, “Liberia is significantly behind most African countries in nearly all education statistics. It has one of the highest levels of out of school children in the world.” The odds are not in the favor of children in Liberia—this statistic alone is evidence of this.
Education is what can keep children off the streets and working toward being able to do more, and become more, for their country. One child who is homeless and forced to make poor choices just to eat is tragic. Then there are those vulnerable children who become victims of tragic crimes like human trafficking. It makes a person feel numb to imagine what becomes of their lives. It does not have to be this way.
The Human Condition is Everyone’s Problem
As citizens of this world, it offers both encouragement and a serious pause for self-reflection to see the severity of the situations that exist in places we often don’t think about. Liberia is among the worst. To help improve their situation it is going to take a lot of work and it is a long road ahead. Despite these seemingly insurmountable odds there is hope for the country’s future.
This hope starts with nonprofits and other organizations to step in and start to make change at a grass roots level. A caring person on the ground is a far stronger advocate than a distant voice that offers money with strings attached. Through the advocacy of caring individuals’ basic human rights can be met. This includes being acknowledged as a citizen (few children under five are even acknowledged as being born), receiving education to build your own future, and being ensured that you have the basic nutritional needs you require met.
Tonight, as you reflect on your day of work, food, and security, do not be afraid to think of how different the day’s reflection is for someone who has none of these things. Take this time to evaluate what your role, minor or significant, could be in changing the outcome to one of favor for even one Liberian person who struggles.
The human condition is a problem we all need to concern ourselves with.
Let’s Work Together to Empower Liberia’s Underprivileged and Underserved Youth
Everything we do at Rose’s Organization for Advocacy and Development (ROAD) is in hopes of making a profound difference in the lives of underprivileged and underserved youth in Liberia. Seeing the obstacles that they are up against breaks the heart and inspires us to help. We hope it does the same for you! Together, we can turn the heartbreak into inspiration. Whether it’s advocating against the perils of human trafficking, offering opportunities to receive education, or uplifting the disabled, we use our resources and volunteers to make a positive impact that changes live in a profound manner.
It is not only a duty of heart but also one of high ethical importance to ensure that vulnerable populations such as what Liberian children represent are best served. It is no surprise that it takes money to do this and, in a world, where people are always asking for help, we admit to you that we also need help. There is so much to do, and we are on the ground every day giving these precious children in need our best efforts so we can guide them toward a brighter future—one that will positively impact Liberia as a country, not only the children we can reach. And if there was ever a rally cry for “no child left behind,” it rings true for Liberian children, who are historically more underserved than in many other countries.
The Key to Positive Change
Education is the key to all of the changes we are hoping to make. Teaching the youth trade skills, mentoring them, and offering vital health services has the potential to change the entire country’s trajectory. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be when today’s educated become tomorrow’s leaders? It is a moment we are all waiting for and one that your contributions can help ensure happens.
Making a difference begins with small steps and as it builds momentum, it takes children into the future better prepared. In time, they find the confidence and skills to become their own advocates for their best life. ROAD’s will not rest until we have done our part to make this happen and have asked everyone possible to give just a little to help in the pursuit of this better life for Liberian children. Our volunteers and those who support this important work through donations matter greatly! These individuals are the hope, catalyst, and action that will lead to Liberia’s brighter future.
To give you an idea of the struggles that Liberian children face, you need look no further than a government census. There was a census conducted in 2008 that revealed one of Liberia’s biggest challenges—that of a 14% population that has to live with disabilities. The number is still accurate in 2021. With practically zero attention to this major problem from authorities, it is clear that the best way to resolve this issue is through NGOs like ROAD, who get caring people on the ground. Every person has a purpose, including those who are disabled. It’s our call as decent human beings in this world to recognize this and do what we can. Only with your help can ROAD’s create sustainable life changes that enable the disabled to be valuable contributors to their own families and society. A fair chance at dignity is what these vulnerable youth require and what we try to help them secure.
How You Can Help
ROAD’s founder Benjamin Rose says, “It’s incredible to see how big of an impact even a small donation can have on these lives, What is small and manageable to us becomes something big and brilliant to a child in Liberia.” Wouldn’t you like to be a part of that? You are the difference we need. Please consider donating to us so we can continue this noble and necessary work. Visit our donation link here: https://www.rosesoad.org.
Thank you for not turning away and being a part of the solution.
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
―Martin Luther King Jr.
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