Africa Environmental Watch (AEW), Inc., formerly the Liberia Environmental Watch (LEW), a non-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization was established in October of 2004, certified in the State of Maryland and is a registered Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in Liberia. AEW, an offspring of the Liberia Environmental Watch (LEW), Inc., was a response to the urgent call concerning environmental issues in Liberia as a result of the 14 years civil war. LEW transitioned to what is now known as the Africa Environmental Watch (AEW) in 2008 based on a collective strategic decision of the Board of Directors in response to many calls and petitions for an umbrella organization to expand such environmental activities on a Pan African scope
The idea of this environmental movement was borne out of deep rooted human passion embedded within its founders as a way of responding to the urgent calls of environmental distress and the needs to help in the post civic war Liberia. The ravages of the 14 years senseless war left the environment (water, land and air) in total ruin and threaten public health from which life expectancy was reported to be at a sharp decline, and still continues to be till this day.
Our Mission: is to create and maintain safe, sound and stable living communities’ environments today and tomorrow and a sustainable future for all of Africa and its visitors.
Our Vision:is to provide environmental expertise geared towards improving the quality of life in Africa through educational awareness, behavioral change communication and an action plan of adaptation to climate variability that would lead to a saver environment; empowering and giving hope for a cleaner living environments; and to engender policy and improvements in all facets of the environment, as it relates to public health, sustainability, safety and longevity.
Our Goal: to ensure protection of the environment based on three essential environmental pillars:, water, air and land; to ensure preservation as well as conservation of other natural resources that are now on the brink of extinction; to offer environmental educational and public awareness for the benefit of African residents and seek collaboration with international NGOs, governmental institutions, Community-Based Organizations (CBO), Faith-Based Organization (FBO), Youth Based Organization (YBO) and the business community that support such national endeavors. AEW belief is that an unhealthy environment affects every functionaries of the human being and certainly impairs social, economic and spiritual growth, which has the propensity to provoke political tension. AEW will employ a workable, achievable and measurable approach based on established scientific benchmarks through community orientation and engendering relevant environmental policy.
AEW goal is to have its physical presences in all countries in Africa, an approach of “one country” at a time concept is being adopted as the pilot initiative. However, through AEW’s E-Newsletters and its quarterly magazine, Africa’s environmental advocacy will be a robust priority with connections through AEW’s affiliates in various part of Africa. AEW has physically established a presence in Liberia and is expanding in the entire Minor River Union Basin, which includes the other province Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Guinea.
Though, the intent of AEW is to have physical presences in all countries in Africa, but due to scarce resources, an approach of “one country” at a time concept is being adopted as pilot initiatives. However, through AEW’s E-Newsletters and quarterly magazine, continental environmental advocacy as it relates to Africa, will be a robust priority with connections through AEW’s affiliates in various part of Africa. AEW is physically in Liberia now and is expanding in the entire Minor River Union Basin, which includes (Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Liberia) and will progress incrementally in parts of Africa as it becomes necessary.
What AEW has done to address these problems?
- In August of 2008, AEW, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPAL), the University of Liberia held an environmental conference on the Campus of the University and sporting events at Booker Washington Institute (BW) campus and at the Bong Mine Yard on Bushrod Island,
- In August of 2007 LEW conducted an environmental workshop and cleanup activities in collaboration with the National Krao Association in the Americas, (NKAA) in the Borough of New Kru Town (purchased wheelbarrow, shovels, racks, brooms, rain gears, gloves, dusk masks, 700 pieces of construction type trash bags (39-55 gals);
- In May 2006, LEW conducted an environmental workshop with 400 attendees. Participants discussed the role of communities in taking care of their surroundings. As a result, an ongoing consultation has been established with authority to initiate a pilot project in the Borough of New Kru Town.
- On October 30, 2009, AEW had its 3rd Environmental Conference at Bowie State University and a dinner as well as honoring program at Martin Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland
- In November, 2008, AEW had its 2nd Environmental Conference at Bowie State University, in Maryland and sporting event in honoring of Mr. Julius Coles.
- In November of 2007, AEW had its 1st Environmental Conference at Bowie State University and dinner at Martin Crosswinds, Maryland.
- On November 2007 & 2008 AEW spoke on the topic of Environmental Concerns in post war Liberia at an event marking International Student Week festivities by the International Student Association of Prince George’s Community College;
- On November 9, 2007 conducted LEW First National Annual Environmental Conference on Liberia at Bowie State University and Martin’s Crosswind respectively
- Liberian Studies Conference at North Carolina State University;
- Liberian Studies Conference Indiana State Universities;
- All-Liberian Conference at Howard University;
- The Liberian Community of Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area;
- National KRAO Association in the Americas (NKAA) 2006 Convention
- National Grand Kru County Association in the Americas 2006 National Convention.
- AEW produces a newsletter and a bi-monthly magazine to optimize its environmental awareness campaign