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Eric Wowoh is a former Liberian Refugee. In 2006, the U.S. Government, through a refugee resettlement program, brought Eric to America. During the Liberian civil war in 1990, Eric was captured as a child by rebels, beaten, tortured and left to die. Miraculously, he escaped to exile. Eric spent 14 years living in refugee camps. In 2002, around age 23, Eric was donated a computer by a kind of his. He learned how to use the computer and began training other refugees from all over the continent of Africa. Eric has impacted the lives of many across the world and established Change Agent Network from the origins of that single desktop computer.
Change Agent Network (CAN) connects under-resourced African communities with Global Partners to launch local sustainable schools to break the cycle of poverty. We have successfully built 14 schools on 3 campuses in five counties across Liberia. Within the past 7 years, Change Agent Network has graduated more than 1,400 students. Many of these graduates have become meaningful contributors to their community, like Jerolimic Piah, the current Liberian Presidential Press Secretary. CAN is currently trying to fundraise $200,000 to pay for overhead and the cost of reopening schools for normal operation and to also provide scholarship for only one semester for 1,000 of our former students return to school after the Ebola crisis in Liberia. “Project 15,” is CAN’s next goal; the establishment of a holistic development center in each of the fifteen counties of Liberia using education technology as our focused program. CAN’s long-term goal is the construction of the Change Agent Network University in Northern Liberia.