Naymote Partners for Democratic Development: The NGO Making The Difference Empowering Communities In Liberia

Eddie Jarwolo, Excutive Director, NAYMOTE-Partners for Democratic Development

This week GNN-Liberia graciously is pleased to publicly catalog the success story of one of Liberia’s most committed local nongovernmental organization (NGO); its services to the people of Liberia greatly imparting their lives is also overwhelming for putting pen to paper as a means of appreciating and cataloging its remarkable services.

Established 19 years ago, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development is indeed making the difference at all levels, making sure that the mandate given to serve the people in need at all times is achieved, despite any unbecoming situation like in the case of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Naymote has joined the ongoing effort to aid the Liberian Government in the fight against this deadly virus.

One of Naymote’s recent initiative was the additional disbursement of millions of Liberian Dollars to several Community Based Organizations or CBOs including National Union of Organizations of the Disabled, University of Liberia Masters in Public Health Student Volunteers, Public Health Care Solution, Youth Network for Positive Change, Orphan Concern Liberia, Youth Aid Liberia, SATEC TV among others to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.

This initiative on the part of Naymote has overwhelmed many Liberians including foreign residents for its thoughtfulness, especially at the time of a situation that has ravaged the world with the loss of millions of lives globally of which Liberia is no exception to this pandemic; noting that the provision of CASH to CBOs is worth to be lauded, and also poured praises to the farsightedness Executive Director of Naymote Eddie Jarwolo for his commitment in this process.

Accordingly this project is the second phase which will enable partners CBOs to contribute to the response process in their communities by creating awareness on the importance of hand-washing, social distancing, wearing of facemasks, stopping community and person to person spread of the virus, and symptoms of COVID-19 as well as holding small group discussions to enhance peacebuilding, and social cohesion in the execution of the National Health Protocols.

Naymote works over the years to local communities and community-based organizations are said to be acceptable to many of its donor partners who have placed explicit confidence in its operation towards the improved livelihood of Liberians and other beneficiaries of Naymote’s humanitarian services.

Some of the Achievements of Naymote

It can be recalled in 2017, Naymote hosted what is believed to be one of the best youth gathering programs, the peace jamboree is to mitigate electoral violence, under the theme: “Mobilizing the Youth to Mitigate Potential Electoral Violence”.

This jamboree was aimed at celebrating the peaceful accordance of Liberians during the intense campaign process, something he said was doubted by other people that Liberians could adhere to electoral processes.

In 2018, Naymote Released 270 Days Report on Government’s Performance, making specific reference of President George Weah’s Government on doing better on promises made during the 2017 campaign.

On that particular report by Naymote, it was observed that 10 out of 85 promises made by President George Weah  at that time have been made so far while the remaining 75 are yet to be looked at.

“Of the 85 promises, four have been rated as completed. Of these 85 promises; 10 were focused on education, 8 dealt with health, 12 focused on the economy, seven highlighted agriculture and forestry,12 dealt with infrastructure development,” Jarwolo  speaking to journalist at that time said.

In 2019, Naymote launched an Inter-Universities and Colleges Debates on the Local Government Act in Montserrado, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties. The exercise which was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, brought together 8 universities and colleges across Bong, Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties on the theme: “Youth Perspectives on the Local Government Act 2018”.  Also in the same year, Naymote  fearlessly urged Liberian lawmakers to be more  accessible, responsive and accountable’ to their respective constituents.

Brief Profile Of Naymote Executive Director

Eddie D. Jarwolo

Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, acquires over twelve (12) years working experience as Executive Director, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development and has far-reaching knowledge in civic education, community development and leadership approaches, participatory decision-making, advocacy, organizational development tools, grassroots democracy enhancement and community based organizations strengthening.

He has participated in the United State Department of State International Leadership Exchange Program and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC and Community Solutions Fellow a U.S. Department of State Fellow. As executive director his primary responsible is to provide for the day-to-day costs of serving the administrative and technical needs of the institute; oversee the daily activities and implement such policies as may be adopted by the Board of Director.

Extensive international exposure: travel to the United States of America, South Africa, Qatar, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Guinea; participated in international conferences, seminars, workshops and assemblies sponsored by United Nations Development Programme, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, World Movement for Democracy, Africa Democracy Forum, World Youth Movement for Democracy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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