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!”
Daniel Coleman is the Director of Mercy Ministry. He is in charge of of our Widow Programs including Mat to Mattress. Daniel has been with us since 2005 as a high school student. Daniel is a graduate of AMEZU university with a degree in Criminal Law.
Kelvin Taweh is the manager of our Organic Gardening Program. He took his training with Thrive ( Organics 4 Orphans) in Kenya. Kelvin is a Trainer in ” Growing Health” and manages our Farm in Fendell. He teaches at workshops and Garden Projects in various rural 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 and teaching in the workshops. In 2013 both Joseph and Kelvin went to Kenya for the Organic Agricultural Training School ( OATS) through Thrive (Organics4Orphans).