Lawrence Saah Varnie hails from the North-Western part of the Republic of Liberia; a region called Lofa County and born to a Kissi father and Gbandi mother. 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 why there was a crowd around her at all times.
As a way of exposing him to the world, Lawrence lived with relatives while he continued his education but he regularly visited home in a bid not to forget his roots.
During the bloody civil crisis in Liberia, Lawrence was taken to Ghana in order to save his life. Whilst in Ghana in the early 90s, he fought all odds to gain formal education. He encountered several difficulties as he had no one to sponsor his education. Making ends meet was a daily struggle as he had to visit homes to render housekeeping services in exchange for food and clothing. With no roof over his head, Lawrence resorted to making his home on the streets with street hawkers. In spite of these challenges and other untold difficulties, Lawrence always identified successful persons and established contact which will give him the courage to remain firm.
Through the housekeeping job, he was introduced to someone who promised to pay 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) where he pursued a program in Motor Vehicle Mechanic Works. He furthered his studies at the Accra Polytechnic, now Accra Technical University, and obtained the Motor Vehicle Technician Part I, II, III and FTC.
With a quest for further studies, he obtained admission at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra where he studied Logistics and Transport Management. Whilst there, he was supported by friends and the Leadership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Ghana.
In his personal life, Lawrence always felt a sense of fulfillment when he help 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 work and got involved with childcare development activities in 2006 as a way of contributing his quota to the betterment of society.
He constantly meets and discusses real life issues and the benefits of education with friends with the hope that, it could help awaken their minds towards self-actualization and self-dependence.
His passion over the years has advanced and his continuous aspiration for excellence has allowed him to embrace and honour 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, Mr. Lawrence Varnie 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 become 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 desire for children’s moral, social, physical and professional development with love, affection, 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 of 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.
Donating teaching and learning materials to schools and school children alongside motivational talks will give them opportunity to discover within themselves the untapped potential they carry and unearth it to realize their full potential.