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Mainlehwon Ebenezer VONHM BENDA
  • Monrovia, Liberia
  • Liberia

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Mainlehwon Ebenezer VONHM BENDA
Please share a short bio for yourself. This should be no more than 3-4 short paragraphs.
My Ebenezer Mainlehwon Vonhm Benda. I am a Liberian national and a resident of Washington D.C. My journey to the United States began when I fled my home country amidst the sound of gun shells at the height of the Liberian civil war. I found shelter as a refugee in several bordering West African countries. With the help of some American educators, I managed to leave the refugee camp and move to the USA to pursue higher education. I hold an AA degree in Political Science from Edison Community College in Florida, a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University and completed a successful thesis, earning his MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC in 2004. Between August 2005 to April 2007; I was in Liberia, where I worked for the World Bank as a Coordinator for local community driven development projects and later served as the Acting Country Manager for Kwaplah International, an international development and procurement company. I returned to Washington in April 2007 when I started to work with Catholic Charities Refugee Center in Washington. In March 2009, I returned to Liberia to establish the Center for Peace Education.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you have direct and significant expertise
Africa - Peace Education
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Founder Center for Peace Education - Liberia
What are your main skills/expertise?
Peace Education
Youth and Conflict
What are Your expertise areas/sectors when it comes to youth
DDR, Peacebuilding, Education, Gender, Media, Humanitarian Relief, Development, Democracy, Protection, Livelihoods, Refugees, IDPs, Leadership
What are Your primary Skills, to compliment Your areas/sectors
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Program Management, Program Design, Public Relations, Research, Training

Mainlehwon Ebenezer VONHM BENDA's Blog

Liberia Most Important Resources...... its youthful human capital

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 10:09am 0 Comments' />

“My name is Matthew…. I was crawling when my mother died….then at age of seven my father died…. at eight, I became known as small boy soldier.” Handsome and innocent as he could be with a bright shining smile, with his head bow, as he rub feet and hands against each other, Matthew narrated his short life story as an… Continue

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