Our mission is to give back to humanity through our actions and deeds. We provide our services via psychosocial counselling, community awareness and sensitization, advocacy, capacity building and research.
Our core areas of focus include:
- Psychosocial Counselling
- Community Mobilization and Awareness
- Ardent and Proactive Advocacy
- Capacity Building
We also provide psychosocial support-related services for the victims' families, friends and communities, as well as those who provide care for the victims.
RESH's initial membership is mainly made of students. The students comprised of the following:
- Students studying counselling, nursing and education at the Adventist University of West Africa on the Robertsfield Highway, Margibi, Liberia
- Students studying sociology and other social sciences at the AME Zion University on Benson Street, Monrovia, Liberia
- Other students from the University of Liberia and professionals from all walks of life
RESH currently has at least 500 volunteers/members in four counties (Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, and Nimba) who are being trained periodically and called upon as the need arises to foster RESH's vision and goal. Our volunteer staff train community members in lay trauma awareness and support, provide phone-based and in-person counselling and help people in crisis fight stigma and re-integrate in the community.
The Founder and Executive Director of RESH Mr Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr. is a passionate psychosocial counselor and commentator/writer, social worker, freelance poet, university lecturer, blogger and motivational speaker. He is the first volunteer social worker who donned personal protective equipment and entered the Eternal Life Winning Africa Christian Ministries Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia to provide psychosocial support for the likes of the late Dr Abraham Borbor, the survivors Dr Philip Zochonis Ireland, Melvin Kai and other health workers and patients/Ebola victims who were at the Ebola Treatment Unit between the months of August and September 2014 when Ebola was raging in Liberia and the Mano River Basin.He, through RESH, has since continued to provide follow-up sessions for several survivors and traumatized health workers and victims' families. He and his RESH team have built the capacity of local, community groups to fight Ebola and have ceaselessly appeared on radio talk shows and television shows to discuss on the issues of quality, psychosocial supports and societal ills.
Adj. St Philip’s Lutheran Church
After Cowfield Last Junction
- British Embassy (Liberia) (Donor)