Little Bassa Cassava Mail Project for Sustainable Community
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since the founding of IDEFOCS on June 20, 2003, we have been involved in activism, lobbying, and networking with international and national volunteers and organizations to stop the recruitment of children and the re-recruitment of FCS. We were successful in raising the necessary awareness of the plight of hundreds of FCS in the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana, bringing together several international and national volunteers and organizations to aid with training and other programs to facilitate the organizations mission. Sanitation projects, http://wvipeaceprize.ning.com/forum/topics/initiative-for-the-development?x=1&id=6372534%3ATopic%3A1301&page=1#comments Light agriculture projects, http://wvipeaceprize.ning.com/forum/topics/initiative-for-the-development?x=1&id=6372534%3ATopic%3A1301&page=2#comments http://spiritliberia.blogspot.com/2010/02/margibi-project-with-idefocs-initiative.html http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Ghana/Western/blog-264789.html https://sites.google.com/site/permaculture4peace/ https://sites.google.com/site/permaculture4peace/idefocsfarm Provided technical and vocational programs both in Ghana and Liberia http://wvipeaceprize.ning.com/forum/topics/initiative-for-the-development?x=1&id=6372534%3ATopic%3A1301&page=3#comments IDEFOCS participated in peace books writing, when Blood and Bones Cry out and Peace from Below https://books.google.com/books?id=XichzUANyHkC&pg=PR5&lpg=PR5&dq=morrismatadi&source=bl&ots=n1Tkn1Yhyy&sig=6KV-3O_CT0rHZHjHCPg5_ft http://www.ai.org.za/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/Agenda_PEACE_FROM_BELOW.pdf Awards: 2011 Peace Award winner at the African International Achiever Award (AFIA), for Promoting Community Peace in London, http://www.philanthropyawards.org/honor-roll- http://www.africanachievers.org/role-of-honour 2013 Peace Award Amazon Kindle Inter-Parliamentary Union Peace prize. Implemented projects links: http://www.action10.org/news/idefocs-ghetto-outreach-program-in-the-turtle-base-ghetto-in-monrovia-liberia/ http://www.action10.org/category/stories/liberia/ http://www.inprofiledaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10555:idefocs-embarks-on-new-project&catid=1:headlines&Itemid=56 http://www.socialinnovation.se/en/idefocs-reintegrates-former-child-soldiers/ With the many implementation of project, we created safe and an enabling environment for more than 3000 former child soldiers and youth associated with drugs crimes and violence. http://se-forum.se/2013/03/12/more-than-3000-former-child-soldiers-reintegrated-into-the-society-and-labour-market/
Sustainability and future plans
Our sustainable approach will be after every harvests, rural cassava farmers collaborating with IDEFOCS will pay 15% from their productions of each harvest to be put back into the project to support other cassava farmers in the following farming year. Our business model, we identify existing cassava farmer who are finding it difficult to grow more cassava through a survey form, train them to grow more cassava and enlarging their farm land. Buy their farm products, processed it into other standard local food, packaged and sold on the local market for available prices. Our financial sources comes from lobbying, networking with international and national volunteers and organizations. We have an existing partnership with Action10 a Swedish base Organization; raising funds together on globalgiving site https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/re-integrate-600-former-child-soldiers-in-liberia/ http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/donate/18808/action10/reports/ to build the Botanical Reintegration Village, the construction is presently ongoing. Our plan for future growth is to provide cassava farming skills, increase cassava farmers and production for 1000s of cassava farmers by the year 2030 in the Little Bassa community and its surrounding villages.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Morris Y. Matadi, a Liberian born unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmot Matadi on December 1, 1981 and a former child soldier, I recruited at the age of 11 after my family were killed by gun men in the early 90s by the same general who killed my family. Education Back Ground: 2013. Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship -SE Outreach Accelerator Social Entrepreneur Forum/Stockholm/Sweden. 2006-2007. Certificate in Plumbing -from the SMA Vocational and Technical Training Center (Refugee camp Ghana) 2006-2007. Certificate in Survey Administration- Trained Pittsburg University students, the Department of Ford Institute for Human Security (Refugee camp Ghana). 2005. Certificate in PTSD first aid Trauma Counseling from Trained-London University Volunteers (Refugee camp Ghana) 2004. Certificate in Human Rights Education from a London Volunteer (Refugee camp Ghana) 2003. High School from the Domino Christian Academy (Refugee camp Ghana) Working Experience: Founder/CEO at the Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS) Co-founder/Monitoring and Evaluating Officer at the Glowing Liberia Democracy (Gold) Founder/CEO at the Dollars Transforming Status (DTS) Books Participation: 2012 writer of a book chapter called peace from below in South Africa at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) I wrote chapter 7 http://www.ai.org.za/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/Agenda_PEACE_FROM_BELOW.pdf 2004 Co-writer of a book chapter called When Born and Blood Cry in Ghana, refugees camp. International Fellowships: 2012 Fellow of the Movement121, http://www.movement121.com/m121-fellows/morris-matadi/ 2013, Fellow of the SE Outreach Accelerators Social Entrepreneur Forum in Sweden/Stockholm. http://www.se-forum.se/blog/http://www.se-forum.se/outreach/ 2011 Fellow of the Unreasonable Institute in the USA, www.unreasonableinstitute.org/profile/mmatadi/ https://vimeo.com/27344940 Awards 2011 Peace Award winner at the African International Achiever Award (AFIA), for Promoting Community Peace in London, http://www.philanthropyawards.org/honor-roll- http://www.africanachievers.org/role-of-honour 2013 Peace Award Amazon Kindle Inter-Parliamentary Union Peace prize.