...looking after orphans, widows and refugees in their distress
Karen Barkman is the Executive Director of Provision of Hope Liberia, Inc. She has a background in nursing and accounting. Karen lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband David. Reaching children at risk has become her passion. This is what drew her to Liberia in 2003 right after the last civil war.
“Seeing the poverty-stricken children, left hopeless, stirred such a depth of compassion in me,” Karen shares. “I knew in my heart I would do all I could in my lifetime to make a difference for some of these suffering ones.”
It is always Karen’s goal to see the national people empowered so they can become sustainable. “My greatest joy is taking someone by the hand then watching them walk on their own as they journey towards fulfilling their very own dream,” says Karen. “This is what makes me come alive!”
Malcolm Harris is our National Director and oversees all Administration and Financial Management of our projects. Malcolm joined Provision of Hope in August 2009. He is a graduate of the Maranatha University in Ghana.
Daniel Keamue is our accountant with a BSc in Business Management. He has been with us since 2005 when we opened up My Father’s House, which was our first Youth Home for high school boys.
Daniel Coleman is the head of our Widow Programs, and is in charge of our Mat to Mattress program. Has been with us since 2005 as a high school student. Today he is a senior in university studying Criminal Law.
Precious Freeman, once a refugee in Ghana, is our Home Consultant. She regularly visits the homes of children we assist. Precious is a mother of one teenage son and another boy who needed a caring home.
Kelvin Taweh is one of the managers of the Organic Gardening Projects, which we call Provision Gardens. He runs workshops and Garden Projects in various communities in Liberia, teaching on nutrition and medicinal plants that are helpful to build up a healthy immune system.
Joseph Sackie is one of the trainers on the Provision Gardens Team. He works closely with Kelvin Taweh in managing the Organic Gardening Projects. In 2013 both Joseph and Kelvin went to Kenya for the Organic Agricultural Training School ( OATS) through Organics4Orphans, founder Dale Bolton.