Lawrence Saah Varnie hails from the north-western part of the Republic of Liberia; a region called Lofa County to a Kissi and Gbandi father and mother respectfully. As a child, Lawrence was taught how to love and be loved by his parents. His mother’s generosity especially to strangers and young children was the reason for crowd around her at all times.
As a way of exposing him to the world, Lawrence lived with relatives as he continued his education but regularly visited home.
During the bloody civil crisis in Liberia, like many others, Lawrence was taken to Ghana to save his life. Whilst in Ghana in the early 90s, he fought all odds to find himself in school so as to better his future. He encountered difficulties in all his endeavors as he had no one to guarantee his sponsorship in school. Even his survival depended on personal struggle on the street where he also shared lodging with street hawkers. He sometimes visited homes to render household services in exchange for food and clothing. Despite all of these challenges and other untold difficulties, Lawrence always identified successful persons to establish a network that will give him courage to remain firm.
Through these services, he was introduced to someone who guaranteed payment of his fees should he obtain admission for the first term. The fulfillment of this promise enabled him to start school. He attended the Accra Technical Training Center (ATTC), Accra where he pursued a program in Motor Vehicle Mechanic Works. He furthered his studies at the Accra Polytechnic and obtained the Motor Vehicle Technician Part I, II, III and FTC.
Still having quest for further studies, he obtained admission at Ghana Institutes of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra where he studies in Logistics and Transport Management. Even there he was supported by friends and the Leadership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Ghana.
In his personal life, he always feels a sense of fulfillment by helping others overcome difficulties in pursuit of their individual goals.
Having experienced unbridled hardship in a quest for survival and education, he developed interest in social works and got involved with childcare development activities since 2006 as a way of contributing to the betterment of society.
He constantly met and discussed live issues and the benefits of education with friends under the belief that, “when there is a will, there will always be a way out”.
His passion over the years has advanced as he matured; continuously aspiring for excellence and that has allowed him to embrace and honor change progressively for the better.
He is passionate about helping the vulnerable groups in society to meet life’s basic needs and supporting genuine interest of others’ well-being.
Personally, he thinks childcare development is ever changing, not because of unusual uncertainties in life but mainly due to the different needs of individual children and their families at different times of their lives.
His unending and burning desire to address the concerns of vulnerable children is currently keeping him in the process of opening up to more development opportunities to becoming more successful. He is greatly and constantly inspired by the actions of others who are truly selfless and literally “dying” for the causes of children.
His passion for children’s moral, social, physical and professional development with plenty of love, joy, and confidence triggered his action into social work.
Certainly, he founded the NGO; Cradle of Hope for Relief and Development (CHRAD) as a wakeup call to address the serious complications and symptomatic challenges induced by extreme hunger and other challenges among school children within the Buduburam Refugee Community in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region, Ghana. Children are dropping out of schools due to lack of basic needs (learning materials), hunger and lack of motivation.
He believes that, children are the weakest, most vulnerable and dependent members of society. They suffer from decisions and atrocities that are caused by adults be it man-made or natural disasters. Their survival, growth and development depend on their parents and well-wishers’ decisions and actions for those who are vulnerable.
Lawrence believes in Nelson Mandela’s philosophy that there should be no dead-end kid. In other words, every child has the potential of becoming a useful citizen in his /her community as long as the required training and suitable environment is provided by the parents and well-wishers and indeed by the community or society.
Providing teaching and learning materials alongside with motivational talks to these young children will give them opportunity to realize their full potential.