THRIVE AFRICA HANDBOOK

Motto: ” INSPIRE. EMPOWER. PROGRESS”

NGO’s HISTORY AND SUMMARY

The Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated was envisioned in Danane, Cote D’Ivoire in 1999. The NGO initially was envisioned to operate the agricultural and health programs; however, the NGO could not operate the agricultural program in Cote D’Ivoire due to the failed negotiation of procurement for land from land owners; on the other hand, the NGO operated a mini clinic in Danane, Cote D’Ivoire, to treat Liberian refugees and Ivoirians who did not receive health services from the Danane General Hospital. The clinic was run by Miss. Mammie Marvolo, one of the pioneers of MACY now called Thrive Africa Incorporated. The NGO was initially sponsored by a Canadian UN’s representative, Miss. Maureen Douds. Initially, the NGO’s mission was to run the agricultural, educational, and health services in order to meet the needs of Liberian refugees in Danane, Cote D’Ivoire. After the initiation of the Praise Ministries International in 2007, the NGO was adopted as the auxiliary arm of Praise Ministries International to handle the holistic aspect as indicated in the identity statement. This can be found at the ministry’s website under the mission tab.

THE NGO DEFINITION

The acronym MACYDEPROHENE stands for Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated. Each of the letters defines and stands for what the NGO believes and does. The letters in the acronym are defined and discussed on the subsequent pages of this document.

M stands for mercy. Mercy is an unmerited favor obtained from God. This organization was formed in Danane, Cote D’Ivoire in 1999 to extend hands of assistance to both Ivoirians and Liberian refugees.

A stands for action. Action is the mean the organization expresses mercy towards those who need help; however, the organization does not have the virtue to give mercy to people because mercy is attributive of God; nevertheless, the word is being used to address the organization as the instrument in the hands of God.

C stands for consoling. Consoling is the by-product of the organizational actions activated by its mercy expressed toward humanity. The organizational action brings consolation to humanity through the act of meeting needs for the vulnerable.

Y stands for you. You is the person or the targeted populations affected by the organizational action expressed through mercy.

DE stands for developmental. Developmental is an adjective that describes the activities the organization is involved. The organization is organized to develop agricultural, health, educational institutions or programs.

PRO stands for program. Programs are various institutional objectives that include education, health, and agriculture. Programs define the core value of the organization.

HE stands for help. Help is the product of mercy, action, and consolation expressed to the needy vulnerable populations that the organization serves.

NE stands for needy. Needy is the collective population that help or assistance will be rendered to. It is the object that the NGO will deliver services to during the tenure of its operation.

In conclusion, the acronym, MACYDEPROHENE is defined as Mercy Action Consoling You through Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated.

PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT

Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated believes that for every divine intervention there should be human involvement; therefore, God is not only interested in our spiritual health, but he is also interested in our physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and psychological health. When these human needs are not met, the spirit of man will become restless. Therefore, it is based on this ideology that the MACY Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated is being created to meet the above mentioned needs. The Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated is organized purposely to inspire and to empower for progress so that everyone reaches his or her full potential in order to achieve dignity and equality.

Objectives And Strategies (Action Focused)

  • The creation of mini scale agricultural subsistence farming initially;
  • The creation of large scale agricultural commercial farming;
  • The recruitment of people from diverse populations to the organization;
  • The empowerment of individuals’ initiatives and creativities;
  •  The establishment of academic and vocational schools;
  • The creation of health awareness among community members;
  •  The creation of mini clinics or hospitals to treat patients;
  • The installation of pond systems to provide safe drinking water in the community;
  • The training of organizational members departmentally to do the job;

Vision (Future Focused)

  • Thrive Africa Incorporated will establish mini scale subsistence farming;
  • Thrive Africa Incorporated will establish large scale commercial farming;
  • Thrive Africa Incorporated will establish  academic and vocational institutions;
  • Thrive Africa Incorporated will establish community health programs;
  • Thrive Africa Incorporated will establish clinics or hospitals to treat patients;

IDENTITY STATEMENT AND PROGRAMS

The MACY Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated is the church nongovernmental organization with a group of people from various religious, ethnic, social, cultural, and professional backgrounds with shared values and core beliefs working collaboratively to deliver agricultural, educational, and health services to all people. Thrive Africa Incorporated believes in diversity with respect to creeds, race, ethnicity, and religious pluralism. The NGO’s shared values are encapsulated in agriculture (food production), education (schools), and health and community development. These values are coded on the MACY Developmental Program to Help the Needy’s DNA now called Thrive Africa Incorporated’s DNA. The NGO is diverse in the sense that she seeks professionals that have backgrounds in agricultural science, education, and health and community development initiatives.

Agriculture: The need for food production is warranted as starvation prevails due to economic deprivation in third world countries such as Liberia. Governments of such countries have not prioritized food production to empower local farmers; as the result, the populations in these nations have depended on imported rice from oversea in order to survive when the nations have vest lands that could be cultivated on subsistence or commercial level to alleviate hunger in these nations. The Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated has decided to step in the vacuum through the creation of mini agricultural programs, empowerment of individuals’ initiatives and creativities, and execution of large scale farming in order to model what she believes and teaches. The NGO will situate representatives in the 15 sub-political divisions of Liberia to grow agricultural products such as rice, peppers, egg plants, eddoes etc on the large scale farming that can be handled based on the available resources (humans and materials). The project will run a mini scale farming initially. As the project grows and income is actualized; then, machines to do the works including vehicles will be needed to accelerate the agricultural program. Growth is the process and it is a life principle and the NGO has to go through the stages to become mature.

Education: Praise Ministries International shared value is education; therefore, the church has future schools to be constructed. These academic and theological institutions under the church will be coordinated and managed by Thrive Africa Incorporated’s leadership. The Human Resources department of these educational institutions will be coordinated by the NGO. The NGO will recruit staff (teachers, principals, janitors etc) in these schools to administrate the schools. The Human Resources department will be responsible to pay staff’s salaries and solicit funding through capital campaign and project proposals writing for the various programs (agriculture, education, and health and community development).

Health and Community Development: Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated will coordinate health services and community programs. The NGO’s Human Resources department will staff clinics or hospitals and manage how these healthcare institutions are run. The NGO will keep oversight of health institutions and pay salaries to staff in the clinic or hospitals. Community development is linked to healthcare; however, it has slight difference. Community development might include anything significant to the livelihood of people who inhabit the community. Such could be the building of pond systems for safe drinking water, the creation of awareness on health and sanitation through the teaching programs, and among others. It has to do with preventing health hazards in order to create an environment that minimizes the spread of disease. If you can teach community members about good health practices, you can avoid or prevent disease from creeping among the populations. The NGO will organize worships on health and invite the community to attend the sessions.

PROGRAMS JUSTIFICATION AND STRATEGIES

Prior to the Liberian civil conflict, food shortages have been the problems of the Liberian populations especially the populations that live in the urban areas. The first Coup d’état that took place in the 1980 was the result of the price of bags of rice that was raised to $8.00 a bag during William Tolbert’s administration. After the over throw of President Tolbert and the emergence of the People Redemptive Council’s government, food shortages still remain the problem of the Liberian’s population. After the over throw of the Tolbert’s regime, past governments of Liberia have not prioritized food productivity as a national project and concern including education and health. Not only do the Liberian people lack food, but the populations do not have access to good health care delivery coupled with education. Thrive Africa Incorporated will become partner in progress to help institute mini and large scale farming through self-help project, through the empowerment of individuals’ initiatives and creativities and the establishment of schools and clinics or hospitals to help the Liberian community and beyond. This is a huge task that requires money to empower individuals’ initiatives and creativities. That’s being said, the NGO will seek financial assistance through capital campaign and the writing of project proposals to potential donors to help fund the project.

LEADERSHIP AND FUNCTIONS

Upper Management

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): The visionary for Praise Ministries International assumes this position until otherwise notified; however, the Director for Programs (Agriculture, Education, and Health) who is also the head for the Human Resource department (HR) runs the affairs of Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated and reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Director for Programs, the Administrator, and the Manager run the affairs of the Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy. The CEO is anticipated to have periodical meetings with staff to discuss matters relating to the success of the organization.

The Director for Programs/ Human Resources: The Director is responsible for the supervision of the Administrator and the Manager concerning how the Macy Developmental Programs now called Thrive African Incorporated various programs operate (agriculture, education, and health and community development).

The Administrator: The Administrator will administrate the Human Resources’ office, compile reports from the various programs, files documents, and gives periodic reports on the various issues concerning the organizational programs.

The Manager: The Manager will manage the various programs of the Macy Developmental Program to Help the Needy now called Thrive Africa Incorporated and makes sure tools, equipment, and supplies with reference to the various programs are made available as the needs will arise.

Lower Management

Director for Agriculture: The Director for Agriculture will coordinate site selections, the clearing of the farm lands, what types of crops that should be planted, oversees local farmers’ initiatives and creativities, the recruitment of workforce on agriculture, referrals of the potential farmers to the Human Resources department, oversees productions, distribution of sales of products to the market, and creation of warehouses across the various constituents in the nation. He or she serves as the liaison officer between the Human Resources office and the field workers. To help him or her accomplish this task, he or she should set up his or her administration. His or her administrative structure will include the Financial/General Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Chaplain.

Director for Education: The Director will coordinate schools, recruit school staff, and coordinate school supplies while collaborating with Human Resources office. He or she is the liaison officer between the schools and Human Resources office. To help him or her accomplish this task, he or she should set up his or her administration. His or her administrative structure will include the Financial/General Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Chaplain.

Director for Health and Community Development: The Director will coordinate staff in the clinics or hospitals and develops teaching programs on health awareness in order to educate community members, coordinate the creation of safe drinking water, and other health related issues. The Director is the liaison officer between the health institutions and the Human Resources office. To help him or her accomplish this task, he or she should set up his or her administration. His or her administrative structure will include the Financial/General Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Chaplain.

ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

Thrive Africa Incorporated is organized purposely with a group of people from diverse backgrounds with shared values and core beliefs working together to accomplish a mission. For Thrive African Incorporated’s programs to be influenced and properly managed, the organization should have a strong leadership; therefore, there will not be an organization without an effective leadership. The tendency or the determineability for the organization to accomplish its mission is dependent on the kind of leadership the organization has. Leadership is the moral position and moral act. This is the reason words used to describe leadership are value-driven words. Such words include integrity, morality, trustworthiness, dedication, reliable, dependable, faithful etc. All are value-driven words used to describe the leader and the job the leader does. Leadership is not just a moral act, but it is an influenced act. It is an influenced act because leadership influences and manages the members of the organization. Leadership influences, manages, and leads people toward accomplishing a common goal or a mission specified. That is being said, leadership needs good administration and good management skills to be effective in the discharge of duties. Administration is doing things right while management is doing the right things. A leadership will have the edge to effectively lead the organization provided the organization has an effective administrator and manager. There cannot be an effective leadership without a good administrator. The manager of the organization has the responsibility to see that organizational property such as machines, buildings; office equipment, money services, etc. are well managed. Leadership is not administration neither is leadership management; nevertheless, the two are integrals of leadership. To have an effective leadership, there must be good administration and good management. The success of Thrive Africa Incorporated to Help the Needy depends on the administration and manageability of the upper and lower management levels leadership effectiveness in term of discharge of duties.

BUSINESS PRACTICES

Thrive Africa Incorporated must establish and adopt book keeping system with relative to the sales of the products. Thrive Africa Incorporated must designate the Production and Sale Agents as to ensure transparency, accountability, and good business practices.

Transparency: The production and sale agents should be open to good business practices or recording the exact products or commodities on the sale log and reporting the exact sale or income to the Treasury department of Thrive Africa Incorporated. No sale agent is allowed to keep money home except under condition of sickness or emergency situation that he or she is unable to reach the Treasury department. All sales or incomes should be reported to Thrive Africa Incorporated’s Treasury department at the end of the sale day. The Treasury department should record the sale income on the deposit slip to be deposited the next day to the designated financial institution or the bank.

Accountability: The Production and Sale Agents should account for goods produced and goods sold on the monthly basis. The Production and Sale Agents should work together to give the report on the quantity of products sold and the corresponding figures in dollars amount deposited into the business account.

Good Business Practice: Good business practice entails being transparent, responsible, accountable, systematized in keeping financial records, recording products, sales, and following the good business practice of the organization. The Production and Sale Agents and all those who are on the Thrive Africa Incorporated’s department are highly esteemed to the standard of good business practices.

Production Depots/Market Sites

Thrive Africa Incorporated will own vehicles for the transportation of commodities or products to the market. The Thrive Africa Incorporated’s team is advised to study the market before taking the products to the market for sale. The department should study and determine what types (retail or wholesales) of sales should be conducted or carried out to a particular market site. If the products are not in demand based on the timing or the season, the products should not be taken to the market; instead, it should be stored or kept in the warehouse until the season or the timing is ready for the sale.

Production Log

Thrive Africa Incorporated will maintain the production log. The log is a sheet or document that carries the quantity of commodities or products produced and total quantity in categories and indicates the aggregate. The log should be filed by the Production Agent, dated, and signed before giving to the Sale Agent when goods have been parked and are ready for sale to the market.

Sale Log

This log is a sheet or document showing the quantity of products sold, unit price, and the corresponding subtotal in category and indicates the aggregate in products and dollars amount. This document should be filed, signed, dated, and turned in by the Sale Agent along with the corresponding sale income to Thrive Africa Incorporated’s Treasury department to be deposited into the MACY’s business account. The copy of the production and sale logs should be maintained by the Production and Sale department for seven years before being discarded.

METHODOLOGIES

Agriculture

The methodologies discussed on this page are discretional or suggestive to the department of agriculture. The methodologies are categorized into phases and agricultural practices (types of cropping/animal husbandry).

Phase One: The agricultural department will begin with a single agricultural site or farm and will elect any of the cropping types discussed in this document. A mini proposal will be written indicating the quantity of tools, materials, seeds or transplanted plants, the cost of laborers (volunteerism is encouraged), and among others. The site will be selected taking into consideration accessibility to the market considering the condition of the road network in the country.

Phase Two: The agricultural department will select multiple sites and does the same method as mentioned in phase one. The two phases are experimented to test the weakness and the strength of the agricultural department.

Phase Three: The agricultural department will make collective farming for the organization and proceeds from the farms will be used to further the dream and mission of the organization.

Phase Four: The agricultural department will recruit individuals and support individual’s initiatives and creativities with reference to mini scale farming. This support will come in the form of education or training and the provision of materials to farmers.

Phase Five: The agricultural department will train and assign representatives or agents to the various constituents by counties where the program has been extended.

Thrive Africa Incorporated will execute the following methods of agricultural practices:

Mono-cropping: This is the agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after the year on the same land in the absence of rotation through other crops or growing multiple crops on the same land. Corns, soybeans, and wheat (rice) are three common crops often grown using mono-cropping techniques. Mono-cropping allows for farmers to have consistent crops throughout their entire farm. They can plant only the most profitable crop; use the same seed, pest control, machinery, and growing method on their entire farm which may increase farm profitability. Below is the mono-cropping agricultural site photographed.

MONOCROPPING

Mixed Cropping: This is the type of agricultural practices that involves the planting of two or more plants simultaneously in the same field. The crops are grown together during the crop season. Examples; wheat, grain, and mustard seed are grown in mixed rabi crops in dry regions of the North India. It has two advantages. Below is the mixed cropping agricultural site photographed.

MIXED CROPPING

The methods of cropping vary with cultures, countries, seasons, and climate. For example; Liberia has two seasons, the dry and the rainy seasons. During the dry season, crops are cultivated in the swampy land while during the rainy season; crops are grown on dry land in Liberia. The kind of crops grown during the dry and the rainy seasons also vary with time and land condition.

Animal Husbandry: Animal husbandry refers to livestock raising and selective breeding. It is the management and care of animals in which the genetic qualities and behavior of animals are further developed for profit. Dairy products from animals like cows, buffaloes, and goats are rich sources of protein. Below are the animal husbandry practices on poultry and cattle agricultural sites photographed.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Thrive Africa Incorporated’s LOGO

Palm tree is one of the trees that is tough and lasts longer. The palm tree in the Thrive Africa Incorporated’s logo represents perseverance and sustainable prosperity that stands for Thrive Africa Incorporated’s endurance to overcome obstacles and to deliver benefits to the targeted populations.

MOTTO: “INSPIRE. EMPOWER. PROGRESS”