Transforming From  Reliance to Self Sufficiency


Community  And School  Gardening 

It is often said that more value is placed on something  when it is achieved  by one’s own work and effort. Over the decades, Liberia has benefitted  from donations from different  international  organisations and foreign governments. These donations have been made in various sectors of the Liberian society such as: health, education, security, infrastructure, agriculture and etc.. But why is it there are little or no tangible impacts that we can find around us in our rural and urban surroundings?

Why is it that project infrastructure that are to benefit communities and cities  are no longer functioning after closure.

The answer is simple, most Liberian are accustomed to or indoctrinated with the ideology  of receiving from others rather than helping themselves.

This syndrome  has its deep roots in the missionary  invasion of Africa and free donations of  almost everything during  and after the decades of the bloody civil war.

However there is still hope for us, because there are some or many other Liberians who do not subscribe to the idea of being liability on foreign  counterparts for the rest of our lives, hence with the natural soil and suitable  environment for breeding new innovations, the cycle of poverty,unemployment, crimes, low self esteem and many other problems facing young Liberians can be broken.

Now one of the medium  by which we can transform from Reliance to self Sufficiency is  through  agricultural training  skills programs, the mind of Liberians young people will be transformed and their livelihood can transcend from poverty to a better future.

Furthermore, when youth are given  skills on how to grow their own food and to see gardening as an entrepreneur activity, the possibility of self employment can be achieved.

Finally do not always give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish. Be the change for developmental action.

Additional community gardening helps to preserve our forests, wildlife and reduces the damages or ham plastics substances causes to the environment in urban and rural areas.


In communities where crop rotation are practised over decades the damage to the forest flora and fauna are less as compared to places or regions where Bush following farming are practiced.

On the other hand in urban areas or cities where bulk of the materials used daily are manufactured from rubber, therefore students can be trained on how to make use of old plastics bags, buckets, cement, bags, etc. to grow vegetable in the backyards; hence promoting and reducing hunger among youths.

7/27/2022 by Martin D. Tarpeh

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