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The Executive Director of the Development Education Network-Liberia or DENT-L has disclosed that it is becoming very challenging for Non Governmental Organizations or NGOs to operate in the rural parts of Liberia.

Speaking yesterday in Gbarnga, Bong County at programs marking the official honoring ceremony of DEN-L as a very good and reliable NGO 2013/2014 by the Society for the Promotion of Peace and National Reconciliation and Reunification or SPNRL, Executive Director Dorothy K. Toomann said NGOs’ works were taking different dimensions, which seem not healthy.

According to Madam Toomann, NGOs in Liberia were receiving limited support- majority of the programs were impacted-focused, and that coordinating with partners was not relaxed, arguing that the work of NOGs across the country were more short-term, and not helping them to plan strategically, but instead compelling them to work two to three months and show maximum impact.

Madam Toomann further mentioned that the struggle to keep the work and the entity of nongovernmental organizations moving forward was not easy because everything was now a day becoming hard in the country. She noted that to even keep generators of NGOS running well was something over which they had to scramble, due to the shortage of fuel in Liberia.

“If the government itself is challenged, the local institutions that are working can become more trail than them; I’m sure that we are committed to bringing this work forward in promoting  Liberia that will be at peace with itself and neighbors,’’ the Executive Director said.

Madam Toomann, who was also awarded as the Best Executive Director of 2013/2014, noted that the family of DENT-L wasn’t surprised at such prestigious award because it was about the work they have been doing over the years. She described the honor as a big challenge for the entity, and urged employees to redouble their steps.

Mr. J. Mayfield Copson, National Chairman and CEO of SPNRL said out of hundred Plus Executive Directors across the country, Madam Tooman became the best Executive Director the Society for the Promotion of Peace and National Reconciliation or SPNRL- a prodemocracy group established in the 90s, decided honored.

He disclosed that DENT-L was awarded because of its high level of productivity for the past thirteen years. The Development, Educational Network Liberia was also awarded the best NGO’S of 2013/ 2014 respectively.

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