This video is an update of the construction project of CELDI Academy, a school that is being constructed in Liberia for underprivileged children.

Every person in the world has the ability to make a difference in the life of a child. Together we can put an end to the cycle of poor education, poor leadership, and poverty in order to help build a greater future for every child.  You are welcome to join CELDI-Liberia in this endeavor.


The Center for Leadership Development Initiative, Liberia (CELDI-Liberia) is a children and youth development organization that focuses on the educational, leadership, Christian spiritual, and social developments of underprivileged children and youth from slum communities in Liberia. We seek to provide interventions in education because a “significant number of children drop out of school before finishing primary school and those who do graduate are often promoted to the next grade without the skills and learning needed for continued success. This has resulted in high rates of underachievement, low self-esteem, less interest in education, and high drop-out rates within our target communities.”



We exist to change Liberia … one child at a time by developing children from vulnerable communities, breaking the circle of poverty through education, and raising a new generation of servant leaders who will proactively transform and serve their communities with distinction and the principles of God.


We envisage a new generation of proactive servant-leaders with the commitment to develop others, build stronger communities, cultivate a quality educational system, and create a culture of academic excellence among underprivileged children.


To improve the quality of education, leadership development, and girl’s independence of underprivileged children and youth who attend our after-school, summer camp and student mentor programs, building their capacities to improve their chances of continuous development as they transition from one stage of live to the other. 


We offer a variety of programs to underprivileged children, including but not limited to:
  1. 500 kids served
  2. Reading, Tutoring, Art
  3. Character/Spiritual Development
  4. Feeding program
  1. 500 kids served
  2. Field trips, recreation
  3. Character & spiritual formation
  4. Feeding program
  1. 12 Student Mentors served
  2. Job skills training
  3. Mentoring
  4. College prep
  5. Public speaking
  1. To serve 150 children
  2. Feeding at home & School
  3. Pay tuition & Fees
  4. Homework Assistance
  5. Clothes & footwear

CELDI-Liberia runs a 10-month afterschool program every academic year that provides quality education, spiritual, and social formation for  underprivileged children in Liberia.   Learn more or Donate Now.

We also run a Summer Camp program once every year for underprivileged children in Monrovia, Liberia.  You can learn more or  Donate Now

CELDI-Liberia runs a Student Mentor (job training) program for teenagers in its afterschool and summer camp programs.  You can learn more or  Donate Now

 Core Values


Nurturing hope in vulnerable children 


Sharing Christ's Love with the underprivileged


Developing children into disciplined leaders  


Breaking the circle of poverty through education 


Daring to raise up a new generation of servant leaders

Some Facts to Consider About Liberia

Liberia is a country on the West Coast of Africa


"It is not what I earn but what I learn. I joined CELDI in September 2016, as a student mentor with no job experience. Few months later,  a relative of mine encouraged me to serve as a bartender for $100 a month. I weighed the offer and the skills that I would acquire at CELDI and made the decision to work as a student mentor. Today, I am proud to say that I have acquired a lot of skills that are currently helping me. I am participating in essay writing and speech competitions, I am able to develop my own lessons for kids, and have improved my computer skills. I am thankful to God that I made the right choice. CELDI is wonderful and I hope to serve it for as long as it exists.” 

(Mariam Dunbar, a Student Mentor) 


Donations can be made to Urban Promise International (UPI) at P.O Box 156 Pennsauken, NJ 08110 or online by clicking on the  "Donate Now" button above. UPI is a 501(c)(3) organization. It shall receive all donations and issue receipts on behalf of CELDI.

 Note: All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your willingness to support our desire to develop and equip underprivileged children and young people. Be assured that your donations will help us to give a child the future he or she deserves.