About Us

Committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems faced by its most vulnerable citizens.

Child Steps International is committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems faced by its most vulnerable citizens, children and youths. We accomplish this through partnerships that engage local and international stakeholders, working collaboratively for lasting solutions.

Our mission is to improve the lives of children and their families who have been affected by war, poverty, and discrimination. We accomplish this by assisting communities in the development and strengthening of innovative, progressive and effective services, which protect children’s rights and give families the opportunity to be prosperous, healthy and safe in the place they call home.

Our Team

Tenneh Johnson Kemah
Founder & President

Tenneh Johnson Kemah, LCSW–C is a native of Liberia who migrated as an adolescent to the United States during the Liberian civil war. She obtained a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1998.

For five years, Ms. Johnson-Kemah served as Project Manager with the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services, establishing and directing a first-of-its-kind child welfare advocacy system in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security.

Ms. Johnson Kemah has always been passionate about working with and helping individuals in need, within the most vulnerable populations. Her long-term goal is to continue much needed community outreach and involvement, on a progressively larger scale – locally, nationally and globally. She finds the most rewarding aspect of her organizational service is improving the lives and well-being of others.

Madonna T. Carey
Special Project Coordinator

Madonna T. Carey hails from Liberia. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from Southeastern University, Washington D.C. in 1991. Ms. Carey comes to Child Steps International with over 15 years of Client/Project Management experience. She has worked in the medical, financial and technology arena-managing clients and projects throughout the United States. In addition, Ms. Carey worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC, as a Database Administrator.

Ms. Carey have a genuine love for children and wishes to help ensure a solid foundation, and to seize opportunities that would help them succeed. She decided to join the Child Steps International as a full time staff after a recent volunteer opportunity when she witnessed and assessed the living conditions of Liberian children and desires to improve their environment.

Samuel Cooper
Liberia Country Manager

Samuel Cooper has had nearly a decade of experience in program management and administration. As a Senior Monitor and Field Supervisor for the Norwegian Refugee Council, Mr. Cooper worked with local government officials and other partners. He conducted field visits and did needs assessments, including work on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) cases.

As the Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Mr. Cooper monitored projects, including the implementation of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Mr. Cooper has also worked for the Ministry of Education and as a Resource Officer at the office of the District #4 Representative. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from African Methodist Episcopal Zion University in 2012.


Maude S. Pettiquoi
Liberia Intern

Maude S. Pettiquoi is a junior at the School of Business at AME University in Monrovia, Liberia.

She is majoring in management and we are pleased to welcome her as an intern for the 2014/2015 school year!

J. Odavious Garbia
Liberia Intern

J. Odavious Garbia is junior from the School of Business at AME University in Monrovia, Liberia.

He is majoring in management and we are pleased to welcome him as an intern for the 2014/2015 school year!

Our work includes:

  • Program Development – Issues identification and needs assessments, system evaluation, impact assessment, program design, program implementation, ongoing compliance, and outcomes measurement that demonstrate the effectiveness of services and structures.
  • Educational Services – Staff and organizational training, targeted teacher’s training, mentoring and curriculum development.
  • Consultation – Program evaluation, identification of opportunities, solutions development, thought leadership.

We work with systems of care and governments to create community-based services that are:

  • Rooted in best practices and current research
  • Culturally informed
  • Designed with the participation of community stakeholders
  • Systems Evaluation & Transformation