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Big News!

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We had a big event happen this week that I am just busting to share with everyone! The Liberian organization we partner with in our beekeeping program, West Africa Initiative, has won a prestigious award for their efforts in their work with farmers. I’m going to let everyone involved speak for themselves, so please read on.

From an email Kent Jr sent to UOF:

I think this is why we are all attracted to this work – it’s the satisfaction that comes from watching others succeed. I am proud to be part of an organization that has credibility and a voice so change agents like Ezekiel get the recognition and honours they deserve.

This is a very proud moment for all of us at UOF, and our donors, who support us in these initiatives.

Kent Bubbs Jr

An exert from a letter sent to WAI from the United Nations Development Program:

Dear friends at West Africa Initiative of Liberia,

On behalf of UNDP Equator Initiative, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that West Africa Initiative of Liberia has been chosen as one of 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2012. We commend you on the remarkable work of your initiative. Congratulations!

The level of competition for the prize was extremely high and the depth of nominations received was truly impressive. Your nomination stood out among more than 800 entries as a remarkable demonstration of local development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities.

Eileen de Ravin Manager,

Equator Initiative

The email we got from WAI after they learned about the reward:


For the past years, I have dedicated my services to working with postwar rural communities, to build up their capacity for sustainable livelihoods. However, had it not been for your recommendation and promotions, I wouldn’t have achieved this great international award. This is the greatest achievement I have had in my life and it was all through your efforts. Therefore, let me say, may the Almighty God bless you and your wife and may he strengthen you so that you can continue your good work in post war Liberia.

God Blessings,

Ezekiel Freeman


West Africa Initiative