The Team

The Growing Tree Team

Growing Tree Liberia was conceived following a long conversation about the urgent need to do more to help the children of Liberia. The team is dedicated to helping as many children as it can achieve their dreams of a loving home and an education – things that every child deserves. 

Growing Tree Liberia gGmbH in Berlin works together with a national Liberian organization – Growing Tree Child Care Program – in Monrovia .

Melvin Kennedy

Mr. Melvin Kennedy is a social manager and peace practitioner. He currently works with the A.M.E. Zion Church as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. In the last 10 years, he has worked for the Ministerial Network of Liberia, the Youth Action Network, the Liberian Council of Churches and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia. Melvin served as a peace advocate during the civil war in several counties in Liberia at the level of the Inter-Religious Council and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.

U-Jay Johnson

Mr. U-Jay Johnson is the Deputy Director of GTCCP and is the inspiration behind Growing Tree Liberia.  U-Jay is passionate about the care and wellbeing of children primarily due to his experience during the Liberian civil war. During this time, he was a firsthand witness to the hardship and widespread hunger that was prevalent everywhere in the country. Because of these traumatic encounters, he has decided to dedicate his life, time and energy to helping less fortunate children to reach their potential. 

Janel B. Galvanek

Janel B. Galvanek has many years of experience in the fields of peacebuilding and peace research and currently manages the Somalia profile at the Berghof Foundation. Janel volunteers her time for Growing Tree Liberia. Janel believes that more attention should be paid to investigating and analyzing the interests, concerns and needs of local populations in conflict, post-conflict and/or underdeveloped regions.

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