Child Steps International

Child Steps International Child Steps International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problems faced by the world's most vulnerable children and their families.

Child Steps International is a 501(c) 3 charity organization in the United States and an accredited nonprofit in the Republic of Liberia.

Mission: The mission of Child Steps International is to improve the lives of children and families who have been affected by war, poverty, and discrimination.

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Civic participation begins with civic education. We look forward to the full rollout of our interactive LAW+YOU curricul...
11/03/2020

Civic participation begins with civic education. We look forward to the full rollout of our interactive LAW+YOU curriculum to empower even more students in Liberia to know and exercise their civic rights.

Civic engagement and protection of LIberia’s peace is crucial to not only our endeavor to bring civic education to schoo...
10/28/2020

Civic engagement and protection of LIberia’s peace is crucial to not only our endeavor to bring civic education to schools across Liberia, but to the very future of the country.

That’s why our Country Director, Mr. Otis Bundor, recently met with Chief ZanZar Karwor, Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia to discuss how we can be partners in a more peaceful and just Liberia.

If we are to advance toward a free, fair and just Liberia, the people must have a voice. Electoral violence incites fear...
09/16/2020

If we are to advance toward a free, fair and just Liberia, the people must have a voice. Electoral violence incites fear and confusion, making citizens feel less safe to exercise their right to vote. We call upon all parties to promote peaceful and safe elections for the sake of our people and our country.

We applaud President Weah on taking these bold yet necessary steps to protect women and girls from the increase in sexua...
09/11/2020
President Weah Issues Proclamation Declaring National Emergency on Rape

We applaud President Weah on taking these bold yet necessary steps to protect women and girls from the increase in sexual and gender-based violence.

This is the direct result of the kind of collective action and civic responsibility we teach in the LAW+YOU curriculum.

By educating the next generation on the laws of our great country, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens, we are hopeful that youth will be well equipped to continue standing up against sexual and gender-based violence.

(Monrovia, Liberia):The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has issued a proclamation declaring rape as a national emergency.

Today our country director, Mr. Otis Bundor, handed over a sampling of LAW+YOU textbooks to Education Minister, Mr. Ansu...
09/04/2020

Today our country director, Mr. Otis Bundor, handed over a sampling of LAW+YOU textbooks to Education Minister, Mr. Ansu D. Sonii, in preparation for the roll-out of the curriculum in junior high and high schools across Liberia!

We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Education - Liberia to bring civics education back into schools.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

08/31/2020
The Stubblefield Report

We stand together with the survivors of sexual-based violence. sexual-based violence has been on the rise for quite some time, with COVID-19 making women and girls even more vulnerable. We join the collective calls for action.

Our goal with the LAW+YOU curriculum is ensure the next generations know their rights under the law and feel empowered to exercise them.

• In lesson 6 of the curriculum we teach children about the justice system,
• In lesson 7 we teach about the importance and process of voting
• In lesson 8, students learn about everyone’s human rights and about sexual based violence
• And in lesson 9, we focus specifically on children’s rights

This curriculum, which will be taught in junior high schools and high schools throughout Liberia, will use engaging, interactive lessons to allow students not only to learn about Liberia’s government, but their place in the present and future of our great country.

Former redemption Hospital Administrator and accused child molester, Tobias Bowen's daughter speaks out about years of sexual abuse.

Happy Flag Day, Liberia! Today marks Liberia's 173rd anniversary Flag Day since it inception on August 24, 1847. Let's t...
08/24/2020

Happy Flag Day, Liberia! Today marks Liberia's 173rd anniversary Flag Day since it inception on August 24, 1847.

Let's talk about the beautiful design of the Liberian Flag. The Flag has three colors: red, white and blue. The red color symbolizes courage, the white represents moral excellence, while the blue stands for the African continent.

You'll notice there is also a star in the blue field. The white star represents the first independent republic in Africa with a Western-style governance. In addition, the flag has eleven stripes: six red and five white. The eleven stripes epitomize the eleven men who signed Liberian Declaration of Independence.

What does the Liberian flag mean to you? Let's discuss and remember your comments and remarks are always welcome and appreciated!

Thank you FrontPage Africa for this great piece on our LAW+YOU program. We are excited to continue our work with the Min...
08/13/2020
Liberia: Education Ministry: Civics Returns to the Classroom Next Academic Year - FrontPageAfrica

Thank you FrontPage Africa for this great piece on our LAW+YOU program. We are excited to continue our work with the Ministry of Education - Liberia to bring civics education back into the classroom.

#EnvisionElevateEmpower #Liberia #LawPlusYou #CivicParticipation #CivicEducation

Monrovia – The much heralded civics curriculum is set to be re-introduced into the educational curriculum for all junior and senior high schools in the country. This was disclosed by the Deputy Education Minister, Mr. Alexander Duopue. “As you may the aware, the Ministry is preparing to re-intro...

As we kicked off day 2 of our LAW+YOU training for staff from the Ministry of Education -Liberia, we were thankful for a...
08/13/2020

As we kicked off day 2 of our LAW+YOU training for staff from the Ministry of Education -Liberia, we were thankful for a productive first day. Activities included an overview of the curriculum, strategies for engaging students in the content and participants even took part in one of the curriculum’s interactive exercises: a simulation activity that explains how bills become laws.

Today will continue on focusing on both the junior high and high school programs and focus in on activities designed to teach youth about the Liberian justice system.

We thank all the professionals participating for their great questions, discussions and for sharing your experiences.

#EnvisionElevateEmpower #Liberia #LawPlusYou #CivicParticipation #CivicEducation

Today kicks off the nationwide launch of the LAW+YOU civics education with a training for county and district officers a...
08/12/2020

Today kicks off the nationwide launch of the LAW+YOU civics education with a training for county and district officers as well as master trainers from the Ministry of Education - Liberia. These professionals will go on to train teachers.

First launched in 2012, the LAW+YOU curriculum is a first of its kind, interactive curriculum that includes a comprehensive overview of the government of Liberia, citizens rights, responsibilities and encouraging civic participation.

This project will reach students in all counties of Liberia and is funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

#EnvisionElevateEmpower #Liberia #LawPlusYou #CivicParticipation #CivicEducation

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Just one day ahead of our first LAW+YOU civics curriculum training session, our Country Director, Mr. Otis Bundor once a...
08/11/2020

Just one day ahead of our first LAW+YOU civics curriculum training session, our Country Director, Mr. Otis Bundor once again joined Mr. J. Maxime Bleetahn, Director of Communication Division for the Ministry of Education, this time at 99.5 OK FM with host Mr. Julius Jeh.

Today our Country Director, Mr. Otis Bundor, joined Mr. J. Maxime Bleetahn, Director of Communication Division for the M...
08/10/2020

Today our Country Director, Mr. Otis Bundor, joined Mr. J. Maxime Bleetahn, Director of Communication Division for the Ministry of Education, and Mr. J. Nathaniel Vah, host of The Heat on Kool 91.9 FM to talk about our LAW+YOU civics program.

The nationwide launch of the program in junior high and high schools kicks off on August 12, 2020 with the first in a series of teacher trainings. The civics curriculum, produced by Child Steps International (CSI) with funding and support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), focuses on interactive techniques such as games, poems and class debate.

This week, we celebrate the life of our American brother, Rep. John Lewis, who fought so passionately for equal voting r...
07/31/2020
Opinion | John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

This week, we celebrate the life of our American brother, Rep. John Lewis, who fought so passionately for equal voting rights. He once said “voting is the most powerful non-violent tool we have.” The same is true for us, Liberia! As we stress in our Law+You curriculum, the first article of our Constitution reads, “All power is inherent in the people.”

Let us be inspired by the life – and last words – of John Lewis by teaching the next generation the importance of their vote.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.

Our 26 celebrations may look different this year, but today we still celebrate our Independence Day!How have the events ...
07/26/2020

Our 26 celebrations may look different this year, but today we still celebrate our Independence Day!

How have the events of this year changed how you are celebrating? While we must social distance, we can still celebrate together online. Show us photos of how you are honoring this special day.

12/17/2019
Holding On Trailer

No one can take away your #HumanRights, no matter where you live or who you are. Dec. 18th is #InternationalMigrantsDay It shines a light on the human rights challenges of those who are far from home. Each day, students in Liberia are learning about how to protect and promote the human rights of all people with the LAW+YOU civics and human rights curriculum. We are working hard to ensure the youth of Liberia know their rights and help protect the rights of others.

Holding On showcases the stories of internally displaced people (IDPs) by asking them to reflect on their most cherished possessions. The items that displace...

Child Steps International believes that it is crucial to protect and teach children and families their rights and respon...
11/26/2019

Child Steps International believes that it is crucial to protect and teach children and families their rights and responsibilities. Only then, can peace be built and sustained. Support the work that we do in Liberia by selecting Child Steps International when you shop at Amazon Smile.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of purchases to Child Steps International when you select us as your charity of choice. Please click here to shop with our unique link: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332

This International Women’s Day is an opportunity to empower women and girls in all settings. Child Steps International b...
03/08/2019

This International Women’s Day is an opportunity to empower women and girls in all settings. Child Steps International believes that it is crucial for women and girls to be empowered. Our LAW+YOU program encourages women and girls to gain an understanding of their rights and a sense of empowerment that allows them to confidently express, engage and advocate for themselves.

#IWD2019 #Womensday #OSIWA

Together, we can empower children and families with a click of your mouse; select Child Steps International when you sho...
11/26/2018

Together, we can empower children and families with a click of your mouse; select Child Steps International when you shop with Amazon Smile and a portion of every dollar you spend helps children and families in Liberia emerge from decades of violence. Click here to shop with our unique link this holiday season: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332

07/25/2018
Growing violence has forced millions to flee from their homes in search of a safer place. This World Refugee day, we are...
06/21/2018

Growing violence has forced millions to flee from their homes in search of a safer place. This World Refugee day, we are commemorating the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees seeking refuge around the world.

#wrd18

This week, 24-30 April, we are celebrating World Immunization Week. This is an important week to reflect on the importan...
04/24/2018

This week, 24-30 April, we are celebrating World Immunization Week. This is an important week to reflect on the importance of immunization, as well as the remaining gaps that continue to put millions of children and families at risk of potentially fatal diseases all over the world. This year’s theme, “protected together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages everyone to support the effort of greater immunization coverage, and to strive towards a future where every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. #worldimmunizationday #wid18

Today we mourn the loss of one of the greatest and most courageous activists in the world, Winnie Mandela. Despite all o...
04/02/2018

Today we mourn the loss of one of the greatest and most courageous activists in the world, Winnie Mandela. Despite all odds, Winnie Mandela relentlessly fought against all forms of injustice and oppression. Let us celebrate her life by continuing to work towards a more just and equal world.

Image: MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP

This #MuslimWomensday, we are countering narratives of oppression and fear with positive messages of empowerment and uni...
03/27/2018

This #MuslimWomensday, we are countering narratives of oppression and fear with positive messages of empowerment and unity. Today is an important day to remember the tenacity and courage of a group of women who have constantly fought for peace and unity around the world.

Today, we want to celebrate not only the Muslim women who have stood against violence and fought for peace in Liberia but also Muslim women across the world who are continuously fighting against injustices in our society every day.

#mwd18

Water is an essential part of life; it is vital for “creating jobs, supporting economic, social, and human development”....
03/22/2018

Water is an essential part of life; it is vital for “creating jobs, supporting economic, social, and human development”. Our LAW+YOU program teaches children and youth about their role in conservation.

Today we celebrate those who are working to protect water and our ecosystems for their fellow world citizens.

#worldwaterday #SDG6

Our LAW+YOU program encourages women and girls to gain an understanding of their rights and a sense of empowerment. “It ...
03/08/2018

Our LAW+YOU program encourages women and girls to gain an understanding of their rights and a sense of empowerment. “It makes them know [that] we are all equal under the law, so we have equal rights like men. It makes them courageous and also gives them self-confidence in protest, debating and fighting for their rights… especially where women are always left behind. It helps make them stronger and think positive, for example: ‘what men can do, I can do the same as well.” -LAW+YOU teacher

#IWD2018 #SDG5 #OSIWA

On this Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we are challenging you to recognize the act of discrimination and to take acti...
03/01/2018

On this Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we are challenging you to recognize the act of discrimination and to take action to stop it.

Our Law+You program addresses the act of discrimination by providing opportunities for those that lack access to education such as out-of-school youth and community members to gain an understanding of their rights. Through this program, children, youth and community members are encouraged to learn, engage and become active participants in social change, thus, empowering them to become advocates not only for themselves but also for others in their community.

#osiwa

Today's peaceful transition of power is an affirmation of the power of Liberian citizens to choose a future of peace. Fo...
01/22/2018

Today's peaceful transition of power is an affirmation of the power of Liberian citizens to choose a future of peace. For the last 5 years, the LAW+YOU civics education program from Child Steps International has worked to empower Liberian citizens with the knowledge of their own rights, the voting process and peaceful resolution of conflicts. We know that continued peace is only possible when citizens know and understand their rights, and have the tools to engage peacefully in their government. Today we celebrate the inauguration of President George Weah and continue our commitment to putting peace in the hands of each citizen.

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and remember his powerful words of peace.
01/15/2018

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and remember his powerful words of peace.

Happy Holidays! Help make your holiday spending go further. When you add Child Steps International to your Amazon Smile,...
12/19/2017

Happy Holidays! Help make your holiday spending go further. When you add Child Steps International to your Amazon Smile, a portion of every dollar you spend goes to help children and families in Liberia.

Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332 and Amazon donates to Child Steps International Inc.

Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332 and Amazon donates to Child Steps Interna...
11/22/2017

Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332 and Amazon donates to Child Steps International Inc.

Together, we can empower children and families with a click of your mouse; select Child Steps International when you sho...
11/17/2017
Support Child Steps International Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Together, we can empower children and families with a click of your mouse; select Child Steps International when you shop with Amazon Smile and a portion of every dollar you spend helps children and families in Liberia emerge from decades of violence.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Child Steps International Inc. Support us every time you shop.

Child Steps International believes that it is crucial to protect and teach children and families their rights and respon...
11/13/2017

Child Steps International believes that it is crucial to protect and teach children and families their rights and responsibilities. Only then, can peace be built and sustained. Support the work that we do in Liberia by selecting Child Steps International when you shop at Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of purchases to Child Steps International when you select us as your charity of choice. Please click here to shop with our unique link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1052332

Child Steps International
11/12/2017

Child Steps International

We are SO proud of our graduates and teachers! Graduates of the LAW+YOU Community Program are showcasing their community teaching and organizing skills during a special graduation for the LAW+YOU Community Program, which teaches civics, human rights and peacebuilding to out-of-school youth and community members who want to make a difference in their community and participate as citizens. The program is happening now at the Providence Baptist Church, where the Liberian Declaration of Independence was signed! Tenneh Johnson-Kemah Henrique Wilson Maria Peal McQueen Maude Pettiquoi Odavious Garbla Mamensie Kabba Hon Sabah Jomah Kanio Bai Gbala Janga Augustus Kowo Dan Jah-Bestman Archie SarnorOpen Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Child Steps International
11/12/2017

Child Steps International

Our teacher Sabah and her students present the C.A.L.M. method of conflict resolution they will use in their communities. Odavious, our intern, leads all participants in the Pledge to the Flag. Tenneh Johnson-Kemah Henrique Wilson Maria Peal McQueen Maude Pettiquoi Odavious Garbla Mamensie Kabba Hon Sabah Jomah Kanio Bai Gbala Janga Augustus Kowo Dan Jah-Bestman Archie Sarnor Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Child Steps International's cover photo
10/24/2017

Child Steps International's cover photo

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12511 Old Gunpowder Road
Beltsville, MD
20705

General information

We are working on several projects and have other projects in development. Some current projects includes: 1. The "LAW+YOU": Rights & Responsibilities of the Liberian Citizen: This project which is funded by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa promotes a culture of peace by giving school aged children, out-of-school youth and other vulnerable community members an understanding of the laws and their rights and responsibilities through interactive lessons, thereby making them become a voice for a more transparent, fair and equitable society. 2. The Community Baseline Needs Assessment Project: A USAID funded collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, World Learning and Child Steps International. Child Steps International performed the research and produced a mixed quantitative and qualitative report for the project. The assessment identified unmet needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Liberia, common interventions to benefit and impact this population and their families/caregivers within the context of their various communities and cultures. The end goal of this project is to increase and improve systems of care and services to orphans, vulnerable children, and families affected by poverty, war and other risk factors. 3. Liberia SCORES program (Social And Community Organization For Revitalization, Empowerment, And Sustainability). This program is an initiative to implement Community Centers across the entire country. Our mission is to strengthen families by exposing youth and adults to positive activities that will help them reach their fullest potential. 4. Liberia Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship program: Provides training, support, and products to youth participants to allow them to create their own small business, with the prospect of a safer and more sustainable way to support themselves and their families. Participants includes young girls who were formerly trapped in child prostitution.

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A BETTER CHILDHOOD FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE By: Darius Yountoe Yonly Child labour in Liberia is a significant problem. Mostly, deep pockets children are given much attention to. Celebrating "African Child Day" in Liberia is useless and nonsensical because the general welfare of our children is not realized. The sense of belonging has gone away from those marginalize young ones. They have no other alternative but to engage themselves into teenage prostitution, drudgery, cold-water, doughnut, plastic bags, Sausages sellers and other child labours. As a Youth Activist, it behooves me to bring out this societal ill because I strongly believe that Liberian children are the fundamental fabric of our society. Children in the rural area are the harmful effect of this child calamity most grievously. Those smaller ones endure lives of pure deprivation. There is no genuine restriction on child labour; children do work. This vulnerable state leaves them prone to sexual exploitation and abuse. According to the International Labour office report that children work the longest hours and are the worst paid of all laborers. In their quest to be sustained, they endure work conditions with health hazards and abuses. Employers take advantage of the docility of the children recognizing that those small ones cannot legally form unions to change their condition and even if they are able where will they carry their grievances when our labor laws and enforcers have been blinded due to corruption. Such modern days slavery and manipulation stifle the development and sustainability of youths. This government under the watchful eyes of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has failed to create a better childhood for a bright future; causing Liberian children to be deprived of the simple joys of childhood. Those children are relegated to a life of drudgery, teenage prostitution and early marriage. According to Humanium data provided that 21% of Liberian children are still exposed to dangerous working conditions. The number of children engaged in economic activities represents an 8% increase since 2011, according to the U. S Labour organization survey. The survey also shows that half of all children between the ages of 5 and 17 were engaged in child labor, 55 percent of these children lived in households where the head earned between $1 and less than $100 per month. Street children and child labour are clinical problems that need to be given much attention because they have the propensity and proclivity to destroy a bright Liberians' future. Sometimes, I spend some days at market buildings and street corners observing those children weather they will go to school during the afternoon hours but at no avail. They sell all day without attending schools. Liberian children are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, labouring behind the walls of hotels, workshops or market buildings hidden from view plantation. Thousands of Liberian children work as domestic servants and unpaid household helper is especially vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, while hundreds of them work under horrible circumstances. Child labour is a pervasive problem in our country especially in the rural area. It’s prevalent in rural areas where the capacity to enforce minimum age requirements for schooling and work is lacking. Throughout my survey, I came to understand that children work for variety of reasons, the most important being poverty and induced pressure upon them to escape from this plight. Despite those marginalize children are not well paid; they still serve as major contributors to families incomes. Liberian children are the objects of extreme sexual exploitation and abuse in terms of toiling for long hours for minimal pay. Their conditions of obtaining survival are especially severe, often not providing the stimulation for proper physical and mental developments. What will happen to our incoming generation if our children are not given much attention to? Children are precious jewelry from God but are we realizing their importance? What would happen if all Liberian women were barren? Have we understood the truism nature of having those small ones as children? The major cause of this plight is poverty; even though children are paid less than adults, whatever income they earn is of benefit to poor families. Some parents are fill that formal education is not beneficial and that children learn work skills throughout labor at young ages. Another cause is access to education which is not affordable or found to be adequate in some areas; with no other alternative, children spend their time working. Recommendations: (ESCWA) √• Strengthen the roles of economic sector ministries in addressing poverty, such as the creation of jobs for poor women and men. √• Strengthen the monitoring system of the Ministry of Labour in the area of child labor. √• Examine the effectiveness of existing policies, planning, legislations; institutional arrangement and budget allocation targeting street children. √• Establish a unit or department or ministry for family and child population with clear mandate for responsibility for street children. This entity will be a catalyst advocating, legislating and monitoring the situation of street children. √• Establish a surveillance system such as children's ombudsman. √• Police need to readdress the way they perceive and treat street children. √• Review all items of international conventions such as these pertaining to children's rights and elimination of child labour are translated into legislation and other procedures. √• Create preventive, protective and rehabilitative interventions through a focus on: a. Root cause and not only on symptoms b. The economic and not on the social sector c. Mainstreaming as well as specific institutions and actions for street children d. Street children not only victims but also citizens with the agency to participate in decision which target them. √• lift all exclusionary conditions from access to education such as the reducing the cost of education, forced private tuitions by teachers, mistreatment of poor children in schools and gender discrimination. Child labour cannot be eliminated by focusing on one determinant, Beit education, poverty or brute enforcement of child labor laws. The government both at center and counties most ensures that the needs of the poor are fill before attacking child labor. If poverty is addressed, the need for child labor will automatically diminish. Children are growing up illiterate because they have been working and not attending school. A cycle of poverty is formed and the need for child labor is reborn after every generation. From the slum of Snoiwein and West Point to the highest peak of Wologise, I see a new mama Liberia where difference in creed, tribe, religious and political affiliation are no barriers to nationhood. Author: Darius Yountoe Yonly A youth Activist and young emerging writer from the YMCA and the University of Liberia reading Public Administration and stalwart of the Student Unification Party (SUP). I can be reached via email:[email protected]/+231886037202/+231770929171