Haje L. Paasewe
Haje L. Paasewe is a young man with the vision of seeing a more peaceful and tolerant society, where the rights and general interest of people are protected. With this passion, he has over the years dedicated his time and services to working with community leaderships and structures in collectively identifying and addressing challenging societal issues. He has good interpersonal and communication skills, which have enabled him worked within the peacebuilding and development communities for over eight (8) years and in different capacities.
He is the head of Programs at Lift Liberia, formerly Students Against Destructive Actions and Decisions (SADAD) Liberia. Key amongst his responsibilities are planning and supervising community driven projects/activities such as community peace dialogues, roundtable peace debates, inter school peace festivities and community stakeholders engagement forums.
On experience and technical know – how, he has over the years acquired vast experience and number of certificates from Liberia, Ghana and the Netherlands in community development programs including advocacy, anti-corruption, conflict management and prevention, peacebuilding, child protection, youth coordination and gender. He is a strong fellow in training facilitation, research and documentation as well as networking and teambuilding as factors that have enhanced his work performance over the years. Haje holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with strong background in (Demography) Populations Studies from the University of Liberia. (December, 2016).
He has also worked in the child protection, gender and women’s rights sectors for more than 10 years with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Liberia, delivering services in different ways. Community sensitization and education, social mobilization, conducting community assets appraisal, school enrollment and retention campaign, analyzing the situation of children and women in rural communities, supervising labor market and household income surveys with key interest on the role of children youth and women are some of the key functions he has performed over the years in the social protection and community development settings.
From 2007 to date, Haje has worked on several protection related programs and projects including the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Schools and communities, Women Economic Empowerment Projects in rural communities, the Advancing Youth Project designed to accelerate the learning abilities and professional skills of young people, the Actions to Reduce Child labor Project in Liberia and the Girl Power Program. Additionally, Haje is a local consultant and has been providing professional services for several reputable institutions including Forum Syd, the largest Swedish Civil Society organization, SEARCH for Common Ground Liberia in Partnership with UNMIL, the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) and the West African Examinations Council – WAEC Liberia’s Chapter.
For the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) sponsored ARCH project (2013 – 2017), he served as the Youth Focal Person between ANPPCAN Liberia, WINROCK International and partners to provide TVET for youth, Social protection and community awareness in Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba counties against Child Labor.From 2011 – 2013, Haje was Liberia’s representative on the Young Child Rights Advocates Programs implemented in Palestine, Pakistan, Peru, Guatemala, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Liberia with funding supports from the International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) and IRWOC based in the Netherlands. Paasewe is an agent of change in the peacebuilding sphere and an Anti – SEA Champion.