Liberia's Bus Project Picks Up Speed
The Bus has officially arrived in Liberia, and it's going to need more seats. What started out in February as a small voter-registration initiative with 20 volunteers has exploded into a network now approaching 300. Driven by visionary Eddie Jarwolo — a 2011 Community Solutions Program Leader and Executive Director of NAYMOTE — the Liberian Bus Project is a nationwide campaign that aims to catalyze political change through grassroots youth organizing.
"I'm on the Bus!" Hear why these volunteers joined up.
The idea for the campaign came about during Jarwolo’s participation in the Community Solutions Program. As a fellow he worked closely with the Portland-based Bus Project, which uses young volunteers to drive grassroots democracy in Oregon and neighboring states. Now adapted to fit Liberia, the project quickly generated excitement. May's kick-off event drew hundreds of youth, as well as government officials and journalists from Monrovia and the surrounding areas anxious to volunteer their time and learn more.
“For something good to come out of Liberia we the youth should be willing to work,” said Mawasi Wilsi, who was invited to join by a friend. "I need Liberia, and Liberia also needs me."