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Willkommen hinter den Kulissen: BTFS Team in Liberia

February 2018

Estella Kangar-BTFS Caretaker

Bowier Trust Foundation Switzerland Personality of the Month Estella Kangar is a humble and dedicated young Lady whose willingness to perform multi-task at her work site has placed her on the spotlight as the organization outstanding staff for the Month of February.

Estella, a mother of one kid, is a caterer and has skill training in Hotel and Restaurant Management and current reside in Monrovia.

She spoke about her life story and her encounter with BTFS:

“I was born unto the Giplay’s my real parents in the year 1979 in Liberia’s Capital, Monrovia but was adopted by the Kangar’s Family few years later and taken to Newport Street, Monrovia.

I begin my elementary education at the Caldwell Mission in ELWA Community and later move to the Newport High School in Monrovia.

I was one of those students who were eager to learn but my dream for quality education could not be achieved due to lack of support that held me back over the years, thus making me a high school dropout today.

Life seems difficult but I was not discourage, saying to myself,  I can make way by other means, so I decided to engaged into learning Catering and Hotel Management as a mean of sustaining myself because I do not want to just sit by and allow myself to be overlook.

I have been going through some challenges but I manage to overcome those challenges, saying to myself I will keep pushing forward.

This catering skill which I now used as a means of survival was learnt through practical training and several groups, including international people feel pleased to hire me for catering.”

Encounter with BTFS

Estella expressed happiness in working with BTFS, saying it creates a new experience for her livelihood and assures her hope.

“I came in contact with BTFS in May, 2017 as caretaker but I was self-motivated to join the field team in 2018, January through the encouragement from Mr. Walz, BTFS President and Administrator Hamnson Gaye.

Well working with this NGO is like meeting a new family and it makes me feel more motivated in during my job and extra work at BTFS. You know, working with people who understand each other and learning new things while during a work is great.

Being with BTFS has brought a lot of changes to my life and encouraged me to be self-empower as well as helping to educate others in my community on important things.

BTFS Empowerment and projects means a whole lot for Liberia, especially the water and sanitation project and girls empowerment.

The girls empowerment workshop BTFS has been conducting in Liberia is very good because it would help to enable young girls empower themselves and to have self-esteem.

Working with schools and community, police and motorcyclists is another thing I really love about the organization, also their move and engagement with some community leaders to see that safe drinking water and good sanitation go the neighborhood is great.

Madam Kangar wants BTFS do more

“I would like to see BTFS moving into the hinterland and not only to remain in one quarter, because what they are now doing in Paynesville is good.

There are many people out there in some other areas, especially the hinterland, who are not educated on good sanitation and the need to have safe drinking water, because most of them used the bushes and drink from creeks.

Another thing is police and motorcyclist relationship, which is not only a problem in the capita, but the interior, there is a need that BTFS carries its education there.

I want to thank BTFS for selecting me as their staff of the month, which I see as a sign of encourage and want other staffs who may be selected in the coming months to join me in see this as an opportunity to work more and create new ideas that will keep the NGO running,” Estella Kangar ended.