Liberian Group Gets NGO Status In The USA

James S. King

The New World Initiative (NWI), a registered Liberian organization has been certificated in the United States as a not-for-profit organization, according to a dispatch from the US quoting its Executive Director, James S. King.

According to the dispatch, the group was certified on November 14, 2016 by the State of Iowa through its Secretary of State, Paul D. Pate, as a not for profit organization to conduct business in the U.S.

American and Liberian partners of NWI are expected to collaborate efforts aimed at providing needy development services to Liberia after the launch of the organization this year in Liberia to be followed by initiation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pilot project.

The dispatch said some development programs outlined by NWI include education, women and youth capacity development, water and sanitation, science and technology, media development, agriculture, environment among others.

NWI’s vision is also designed to “strengthen capacities of under-served communities through sustainable development” in partnerships with local and international development organizations and the Government of Liberia, the dispatch added.

Mr. James S. King, who is also a Liberian journalist, initiated NWI in Des Moines, Iowa early last year following several months of discussions with other Liberians and Americans across the United States.

The dispatch signed by the NWI’s Executive Director said the original founders of New World Initiative come from diverse professional backgrounds that span across 20 years of profit and non-profit management experience in Liberia, other parts of Africa and United States of America.

Prior to his departure to the United States, King served as Director of Harbel Radio in Firestone, Liberia and co-founder and Executive Director of Media Against AIDS, a Liberian media group known for conducting a successful HIV/AIDS advocacy and prevention campaign Liberia.

He is second Liberian journalist after radio broadcaster and former Liberian legislator, Mr. Vinicious Hodges, to be awarded the 2006 prestigious CNN/Multi-choice-African Journalist of the year fellowship in Journalism held in Maputo, Mozambique.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.