By Don Mann, Co-Director CLI
A dream was born in my heart many years ago to address corruption. The vision that came to me was simple – just as it will take many laboratories to find the cure for cancer, it will take many organizations to diminish the influence of corruption. With this in mind I stepped out to pursue this dream. I taught seminars and conferences addressing some of the deeper issues of corruption. And the feedback was overwhelming. Again and again, leaders told me, “This message of integrity is what Africa needs… it helps us… how can more people receive this information?”
Several years later, in 2014, my friend and partner, Bill Pipke, who shared my burning passion to teach on integrity was with me at a conference on the subject. We both felt a profoundly personal responsibility to address the pervasive destruction of corruption and believed it was time to raise a movement of integrity. That morning, in a coffee shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity (CLI) was born. Since then, Bill and I have devoted ourselves to a relentless pursuit of launching a movement of integrity across Africa.
That morning, in a coffee shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity (CLI) was born.
Last year I was welcomed by Dr. Conrad Van Dijk and my cousin, Bruce Mann of Hope For Sierra Leone to come and give a presentation on integrity to the Transformation Sierra Leone network. It was very well received – so much so that CLI is now honoured to partner with Transformation Sierra Leone (TSL). Our two organizations have the core DNA to diminish the influence of corruption, break systemic poverty and cultivate lifestyles of honour and integrity in every aspect of our lives. The relationship between us has been described as the twin engines of a plane – our two initiatives compliment one another so well that there is the potential to lead to a transformational movement of integrity unlike any we’ve seen in Sierra Leone.
Our two organizations have the core DNA to diminish the influence of corruption, break systemic poverty and cultivate lifestyles of honour and integrity in every aspect of our lives.
In May 2017, ten people placed their hands on ten CLI manuals and prayed for the birth of that transformational movement. Six months later, ten manuals grew to 135 and CLI was launched in Freetown. In September 2018, CLI and TSL will partner to bring a second Summit to Sierra Leone called “The Big Five of Corruption”. In a recent conversation with the TSL Director for Sierra Leone, he suggested the possibility of having 500-700 people attend the Summit!
Our hope is that this Summit will further establish the foundation of this movement, identify or raise up the key leaders and prepare the way for us to have greater influence among leadership in Sierra Leone than ever before.
I hope you will join us in praying for and supporting this great initiative.