Campaigners for Change International (CFCI), formerly SURE-Liberia, is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit with operational offices in the United States and Liberia, Sub-Sahara Africa. We started in 2004 as a campus-based organization at Cuttington University, a privately owned coeducational, four-year, degree-granting institution in Liberia, established in 1889 by the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).
CFCI was founded by a group of altruistic students who were determined to tackle drug abuse problems, human rights violations, corruption, unemployment, and other forms of social and economic injustices that are currently affecting a vast majority of Liberian citizens. Realizing that these problems are often associated with a lack of opportunities and bad governance, the institution’s founders saw the need to expand its activities outside of the university. Eventually, Campaigners for Change International was registered in 2010 and recognized by Liberia’s Government as a national pro-democracy and youth development organization.
After operating for a while in Liberia, the institution’s founders became targets of oppression for their unceasing advocacy against corruption, abuse of power and authority, and secrete killing of anti-corruption fighters and human rights defenders. These unconstitutional actions are heavily carried out by government officials and security operatives in the country. This situation led some members of the institution to flee the country for safety in 2016. Some traveled to the U.S., where they remained and re-establish the institution in 2018. Today, the organization operates from Washington, D.C. and Liberia respectively.
- Since our establishment, we have trained, mentored, and inspired a significant number of young people who are now agents of positive change and active participants in the development of their societies. Through a unique collaboration, network, and partnerships with other institutions, we continue to alleviate poverty, promote human rights initiatives, mitigate conflicts, and integrate vulnerable youth in society by rehabilitating and providing them employable and entrepreneurial skills.
- We directly provide humanitarian assistance, skills training, and other sustainable supports to underserved and vulnerable populations. Apart from this, we continue to engage in sustained advocacy campaigns to hold leaders and institutions accountable for acts of corruption, human rights abuse, and abuse of power and authority.
We emphasize uncompromising evidence-based advocacy and civil disobedience actions to ensure change. We speak unpleasant truths to power and expose powerful individuals and institutions whose actions undermine socio-economic justice and equity.
We continue to demand policy reforms and practical steps that are not just political or economically easy to do but are required for a just world.