Who we are

About Us

The Center for Leadership Development Initiative, Liberia (CELDI-Liberia) is a children and youth development organization that focuses on the educational, leadership, spiritual, and social developments of underprivileged children and youth from slum communities in Liberia. We seek to provide interventions in one of the above areas (education) because a “significant number of children drop out of school before finishing primary school and those who do graduate are often promoted to the next grade without the skills and learning needed for continued success. This has resulted in high rates of underachievement, low self-esteem, less interest in education, and high drop-out rates within our target communities.”

Our Mission

We exist to change Liberia … one child at a time by developing children from vulnerable communities, breaking the circle of poverty through education, and raising a new generation of servant leaders who will proactively transform and serve their communities with distinction.

Our Vision

We envisage a new generation of proactive servant-leaders with the commitment to develop others, build stronger communities, cultivate a quality educational system, and create a culture of academic excellence among underprivileged children.

Our Goal

To improve the quality of education, leadership development, and girl’s independence of underprivileged children and youth who attend our afterschool and summer camp programs, building their abilities to improve their chances of continuous development as they transition from one stage of live to the other.

Our Objectives

Growth . . .

By December 31, 2020, CELDI-Liberia will have completed the establishment of six (6) new after-school campsites to provide quality education, leadership, and girls’ support to 600 underprivileged children and youth in and around Monrovia.

Increase Rates In . . .

At the end of December 31, 2023, CELDI-Liberia will have increased the rates of graduation, leader-ship abilities, and girls’ independence of under-privileged children and youth in CELDI’s after-school and summer camp programs from 33% to 85%.

Decrease Rates In . . .

By December 31, 2023, there will be a significant decrease in the rate of school drop-outs, poor leadership, and girls’ dependence among underprivileged children and youth.

Our Doctrinal Statement

We believe . . . 

  • That we have a divine instruction to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
  • That “… children are an heritage of the Lord: and his reward (Psalm 127:3).
  • That we should not “… [prevent] the little children to come unto [Jesus], … for of such is the kingdom of God.
  • Jesus came “… that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (St. John 10:10).
  • That “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [and women]” (Frederick Douglass).
That children are precious gifts from God and they must be loved and care for.

Psalms 127:3 - Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

 

That we are responsible to teach every child God place in our care.

Proverbs 29:17 - “Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.”

Proverbs 22:6 -Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 

That children must be taught the undiluted Word of God.

Deuteronomy 6:7 - And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 11:19 - And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

 

That children must be taught to respect and obey their parents.

Ephesians 1:1-3 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

What We Believe Lead Us To Practice These Core Values

Hope

Nurturing hope in vulnerable children

Love

Sharing Christ's Love with the underprivileged

Discipline

Developing children into disciplined leaders

Education

Breaking the circle of poverty through education

Servant-leadership

Daring to raise up a new generation of servant leaders

CELDI’s Logo & Description

The green color

Represents hope for growth and change.

The gold color

Represents the royalty of the services we provide.

CELDI

Represents the acronym of the organization.

The gold bars

Represent the waves of impact that CELDI is making on lives and within the communities.

The humanlike images

Represent the growth level of the children and youth that we are developing.

The plain background

Represents the transparency of our operations.

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