SHIFSD other projects implemented in the Southeastern was successful. In 2012, with support from Norwegian Human Right Funds (NHRF), SHIFSD launched an ongoing SGBV project entitled “Fighting SGBV in Rural Communities & Schools” in River Gee County. SHIFSD’s intervention aims at contributing to the raising of public awareness including the capacity-building of target communities to join in the fight against SGBV; to promote girls’ school enrolment, & document information that would hold duty-bearers to act against violations.
In May of 2009, SHIFSD started the Microcredit with Education Program in the Pleebo-Soloken District of Maryland County with support from AJWS and Stichting INITIAT. The Innovative Micro-credit with Education Program, having been piloted by SHIFSD in Ghana, was intended to provide micro-loans along with entrepreneurial skills training, health and nutrition amongst others for returnees and rural poor women. The number of program beneficiaries rose from 40 to 300 women. The program used the group solidarity model as described by the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) best practices and included an informal educational component as designed by Freedom from Hunger. However, following SHIFSD’s program staff acquisition of knowledge and skills in the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Microfinance Distant Learning Course including the ILO organized Generate Your Business Idea/Start Your Business (GYBI/SYB), and the Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) Training of Trainers’ program, SHIFSD integrated the SIYB into its entrepreneurial skills training activities for improved and sustainable impact. The project ended on 31st December 2014.
In August 2011, SHIFSD entered into a former partnership with Ibis Liberia to implement a 3year REFLECT & Literacy project in Grand Gedeh County following series of activities for which SHIFSD was contracted by Ibis -Liberia to develop rural teachers training resource materials for Ibis’ ALP Teachers and trainers based in Buah District, Grand Kru County. Besides, the organization also did student councils sensitization and leadership training in 25 ALP schools in Maryland & Grand Kru; developed two resource materials entitled “Student Councils Trainer Manual” and “My ALP Student Council Handbook”. SHIFSD was before that contracted to train the Ibis Youth Education Pack (YEP) trainers, Fish Town, River Gee County, in the REFLECT methodology and subsequently a REFLECT Facilitators manual entitled “Basics of Reflect: A Trainer’s Guide” for Ibis’ YEP, and in July of 2010, completed work on a guidebook entitled “Ibis’ Approach to Teacher Training in Liberia”, amongst others.
Similarly, partnership agreement was entered between SHIFSD and the Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) early 2011 for both organizations to work together on a number of Peacebuilding projects, including Microfinance, youth education and unemployment and community security. P4DP work aims at strengthening the role of youth in peacebuilding by addressing insecurity, education, unemployment and social cohesion in four Liberian counties bordering with Côte d’Ivoire. SHIFSD and P4DP worked together to improve the lives of students both refugees and their host communities so that they co-exist peacefully and enjoy the ethnographic ties that until then served as catalyst for resilience and social cohesion.
With support from Action Aid Liberia and Pamoja West Africa, SHIFSD successfully undertook a one month Policy Analysis of Non-formal Education Policies and Poverty Reduction Strategy Documents and subsequently concluded the study with a validation workshop on the findings in September/October 2010; as a result of the policy research, SHIFSD was asked by the Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) to develop a chapter of the national Non-Formal Education (NFE) Curriculum comprising of 19 lessons. Also in November of 2010, SHIFSD was invited to make a presentation on Reflect & Its Relevance to Life Skills at the Ibis, Concern Worldwide and partners’ West Africa Regional Meeting (WARM) on Education; the presentation was successfully made and this led Ibis and Concern Worldwide to choose Reflect as their main tool for teaching Life Skills. In the same vein, SHIFSD got a contract to train Ibis and Concern staff in the Reflect Methodology.