Elijah Ville is the COTN liaison in Liberia. Elijah has quite a story to tell. He met Chirs Clark about 15-20 years ago in a refugee camp in Guinea. Elijah was an orphan of the war in Liberia and had “escaped” to this camp. Chris Clark (COTN founder) befriended Elijah…basically became his surrogate father. Chris provided food, shelter, education and work opportunities for Elijah ever since. Elijah is a lucky man. He is very intelligent and now teaches school in Monrovia the capital of Liberia.
Currently, Elijah is in charge of the COTN feasibility study for Liberia. There is a lot of work to be done there. Primarily determining “where a COTN facility wold be built. Also, he is working with various government authorities to assure compliance. At ethe end of his work, we should have a better idea on how to proceed in Liberia. It’s a big job but Elijah has the determination , brains and heart to do it well.
On the last day in Liberia prior to departing Elijah (pictured here on the left in the Bird-B-Gone hat) brought along a friend…Louis. He introduced him as his son. Well actually Louis is not his biological son. As Elijah explained, Louis is an orphan…and he is now being cared for by Elijah. They both live in a small 2 room apartment in Monrovia. Elijah pays for his schooling, food and a roof over his head. Elijah tutors Louis and keeps him focused on his ultimate goal of graduating from university. Elijah has decided to “pay it forward” … to save a young mans life…just as his was saved by Chris Clark.