During my recent trip to Liberia, I had the opportunity to meet our new community, Dolo’s Town. L.A.C.E.S. has hired three new staff and brought on twenty four coaches. L.A.C.E.S. presence and programming in this town will help provide jobs but more importantly address the powerful grip of stigma in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. Many of Dolo’s Town children have lost loved ones, homes and normalcy due to this horrible epidemic.

In addition to meeting Dolo’s Town, I was able to conduct training with our local staff. L.A.C.E.S. has partnered with DevResults, a web-based tool for monitoring and evaluation and program management. L.A.C.E.S. key staff is now conducting routine monitoring and evaluation of our programs providing valuable data and information that will be used for decision making, proposals and program management.

Lastly, I introduced a new survey to our coaches. L.A.C.E.S. has developed a closeness survey which helps the organization track the progression of our children in their relationships with various people in their life. This information will help L.A.C.E.S. better track the impact of the program on their lives.
There are some exciting things in store for L.A.C.E.S. Stay tuned!
Kristie