Consul Blandford’s Key Initiatives
University Consortium for Liberia (UCL)
The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) is an initiative developed by Liberian Honorary Consul General in support of the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Ambassador M. Nathaniel Barnes. UCL has been established as a framework through which colleges, universities, and other academic institutions with an educational, research, or service interest in Liberia can streamline this work and pool various resources. Any college, university, or other academic institution, or any other organization with an academic focus or interest in Liberia, is eligible to participate in UCL. The first Leadership Chair is Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, of Georgia State University.
Junior Diplomatic Corps Fellowship Program
The Honorary Consul General, in collaboration with the Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Washington, D.C., are seeking students at the graduate or undergraduate level, from various academic institutions to assist in providing empirical research, technical writing, programmatic strategies, and leadership support to the Honorary Consul General and the Ambassador in their effort to help implement the Government of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The Junior Diplomatic Corps (JDC) Fellowship Program will launch spring 2010 in an effort to develop a pipeline of new young professionals interested in the Foreign Service. Fellows will be needed in the Atlanta, Georgia Liberian Consulate Office and at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for a minimum of one-semester to provide support to the Diplomatic Offices. Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.
“United for Liberia” – Liberian Faith-based Roundtable launched
On December 5, 2010, the Honorary Consul launched the Liberian Faith-Based Roundtable identifying key projects and initiatives to support the Liberian community, in collaboration with Liberian Ministers Association of Georgia, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, The Liberian American Partnership Initiative and others. My prayer is that we will work together, side-by-side, hand-in-hand, to put aside our differences, to “Unite for Liberia”. Please join me in this effort.
Sisters Helping Sisters
Sisters Helping Sisters, sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, with funding and support from the Allstate Foundation, Georgia State University, the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta and other partners, provides empowerment workshops and financial and life-skills training to Liberian refugee women and other women affected by domestic violence. The Honorary Consul General launched this initiative as the former Public Policy Chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. This program has impacted over 50 women and more than 30 children and is seeking additional funding and support from the donor community.
Project Fistula Liberia
Restoring Dignity to Women
Over the past three-years, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter (The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter) has been committed to providing resources and support to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia by supporting medical missions, medical supplies and equipment, doctors and nurses in an effort to help restore hope in this war-torn country. As a former Vice President of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, the Honorary Consul has provided leadership and support in launching this effort. Please contact the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter at www.ncbw-metroatlchapter.org for further information.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter and its partners are appealing to the donor community to assist in raising $200,000 to support this effort using PayPal at www.ncbw-metroatlchapter.org. Thanks to a generous gift from Delta Air Lines, The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has been able to provide over 115 complimentary air line tickets to doctors, nurses, and friends of Liberia to include 10 medical and trade missions, in an effort to help Liberia.