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Community Rights Support Facility (CRSF)

Monrovia, Liberia
Joined March 2021

CRSF currently work in Western Liberia, spefically in Senjeh and Klay districts, Bomi County with aimed of strenthening seven communities to complete their customary land formalization process.

Presence in: Liberia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights

The Community Rights Support Facility (CRSF) is a charitable, not for profit corporation established to mobilize a critical mass of support agents to facilitate communities to go through the CLF process, provide technical assistance to communities on different aspects of community land governance in their formative years (2020 – 2021), and capacity building through mentoring or hand-holding as they engage with the formal sector.

CRSF aimed to:

  1. Support implementation of the Community Rights Law of 2018, the land Rights Law of 2018, and other laws related to natural resources through collaboration with relevant government Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions, non governmental organizations, Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and communities.
  2. Provide technical assistance including training, mentoring and other capacity building support to communities to strenthen local governance and improve local stewardshaip of natural resources, especially land and forest, across Liberia
  3. Develop programs and plans aimed at promoting community stewardship of their land, forest, and other natural resources.

CRSF also adopts a different approach or model of project implementation/organizing, instead of recruiting staff on short or long-term contracts, the facility wil:

  1. Maintain a very small secretariat to provide provide program and administrative support to teams that are activated to implement specific aspects of the customary land formalization process
  2. mobilize all those with interest in supporting its objectives and intentions, provide specialized training on different aspects CLF process.

People Associated With This Organization

Jacob Blamah

Community Rights Support Facility (CRSF)
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
Community development practitioner with ten years of progressive management experience in organizational development, general operations and sytems. Demonstrated experience managing integrated rural and urban development projects, with specific experience in facilitating project design and delivery through effective community engagement and management, gender inclusiveness and, development of monitoring and evaluation framwork. Substaintial worked experience with multi-stakeholder processes management in the private and public sectors. Strong entrepreneurship development and management experience tailored to Liberia's business ecosystem including the ability of creating market linkages for job opportunities for youth and women. Previousy (11/2019 - 4/2020), worked for Young Men christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia as Program Associate (Volunteer), provided grant management support to the Country's program office, coordinated with project coordinators developed project profile including project reporting schedule, and the processes of project identification, design, implementation, and evaluation for the development of concept notes, proposals, and reports. Currently, work as Program Officer for Community Rights Support Facility (CRSF), 100% Liberian owned Civil Society Organization (CSO), and my role is to coordinate, develop programs/projects and plans aim at promoting community stewardship of their lands, forest and other related natural resources in accordance to the Land Rights Law of 2018 and other laws related to natural resources in collaboration with the relevant government agencies. I also provide technical support assistance including training, mentorship and capacity building support to communities to strenghten local governance to improve stewardship of natural resources, especially land and forest. Have training experience in community based natural resource management, aimed at integrating conservation of natural base and policies advocacy to over come poverty, hunger, and disease through a one people approach , enhancing effective community engagement and management - held in Bhusbaneswar, India. Much of my experience is transferable, specifically in areas of organizational development including strategic direction, leadership, and community development. However, this course would be a mind opener for me personally (as first sitting), sharing of innovational ideas, success stories, and challenges from network members. Look forward to repicate and contextualize some success stories in to the work we do in Liberia

Titus Zeogar

Community Rights Support Facility (CRSF)
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Women's Rights
Synopsis of family background
My name is Titus Zeogar. I was born on September 15, 1964 in Bobo Town, River Cess County, Liberia when my father who was a farmer and hunter migrated from Grand Bassa County into River Cess County for greener pasture. There I was born unto the union of Madam Foto Gardea who is a daughter of the village and David Jadee Zeogar. I am the first of six children, two boys and four girls; four of whom predeceased our father before he passed on March 13, 2001 in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and was laid to rest beside his father’s grave in his home town which destroyed by the war. They both are Liberian natural born citizens and of the Bassa Tribe. Bobo Town is a totally forest dependent community where the people lived communally. The people survived on subsistence forming and hunting up to about a hundred and fifty years or more before I was born. It is in that village that I along with other kids as young as ten years learn to work in groups with older men who were family people including my father. We also went on hunting spreads for weeks into the dense forest using Single Barrel Guns and setting of trap for animals. The groups of hunters in the town would sit for several days and hours to sketch up the forest during the planning for the hunting spreads. The available hunters for that hunting season will than divide themselves into different teams and choose a portion of the forest where they will hunt for the year. Some hunters who have skills in fish hunting would choose to camp besides rivers using nets and hooks to catch fish at night during the hunting expeditions.

Liberia had gained independence more than one hundred and twenty six years, but not a school had been erected by the Government of Liberia in that region in River Cess which is located in the Central South Eastern part of the country. So than in 1974, my father than a Dedicated Christian Village Preacher with the desire for the education for the kids in the surrounding towns and villages, manage and brought into the village, a disable Junior High School dropout from Monrovia. So, I along with several kids started school under the supervision of Mr. Harrison Borbor Jacobs. As it was announced that the World Wide Mission Church would start an elementary school, all of the towns and villages saw that as a relief for the cluster of villages and towns. Some of the pupils from Bobo Town and other towns and villages had had some of their children who usually come for vacation teach them in their villages to say the ABC and some were able to read some beginning primers. At the start of the school year which was usually in March every year, we entered school into a church building where I started to read and write the English Alphabet. About one hundred and ten village kids were enrolled seven of which were females including two of my sisters. During that period, educating a girl child was never a priority or a right. Teacher

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