Liberia

Kids are Making Progress, Thanks to Your Support

Thanks to your support, we raised $188.52 since the last report. These funds have helped cover the running costs of the school and staff salaries. Over the past semester, the younger kids have been learning how to read, spell and write. They are making progress despite the unfavorable learning environment - with many of them sitting on the floor.  This is the primary challenge that the school is currently facing - inadequate chairs.  There are seven classrooms in the school and we are currently using four classrooms. Around 250 kids dropped out of school over the past year because of family financial difficulties. Current attendance is around 100 kids.   Many of the kids who dropped out are now working on family farms with their parents. The community generally likes education but the families are not able to cover the related school costs.  Ideally, we would love to provide scholarship support to 50 or more kids by the end of the year.  Your donation of $100 or more will help us get to this goal. A great time to make a donation is Wednesday, July 12 where donations will be matched at 50%, from 9:00 am EDT, with $110,000 in matching funds available. Thanks for helping us raise the next generation of leaders in Liberia.  We deeply appreciate your on-going support!
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Thank You for Providing Solar Lights in Liberia

Thank you for helping us provide solar lights to students in Liberia.  In Liberia, thousands of students have no choice at night but to use kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles - in order to be able to study or read. The smoke from these light sources is hazardous to their health. The flames are also a fire hazard.  Hawa is one of the students that was delighted to receive a solar light - thanks to your support!  Hawa is nine years old and loves to write and read.  She and her family live in a mud hut with no electricity, so they were so very thankful for the solar light. Hawa and the other students who received solar lights are now able to study safely now. Thanks to your generosity, they now have safe solar light. You helped protect their health and we are deeply grateful for your support. Thanks to YOU, they are now reading safely and longer in the evenings - reading and planning towards a better future.  
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We are Boosting Learning Through School Supplies

Thanks in part to your support the kids in school have new school supplies. These much-needed supplies were received with great appreciation.  We are working in close partnership with the Henry Bennah Kingsville School to improve available resources and help raise the standard of education. We have been able to collect over 2 drums of school supplies towards this project and plan to ship these supplies out in the next month. Our goal is to provide each of these budding leaders with all the resources they need to be successful. We greatly appreciate you joining us in helping these deserving children!  You can continue to support their school book and supply needs through our Educate Future Leaders in Liberia Project.
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Scholarships Making School Possible for Students in Liberia

Many families in Liberia do not have the ability to ensure that their children receive a quality education.  Thanks to your support we are making a difference.  The $40 that you donated was helped provide a scholarship for a deserving child at the Henry Bennah Kingsville School. Our commitment to helping underprivileged children get a decent education is stronger than ever.  A sound education will transform their lives and provide opportunities for growth, and contribution to national development. By upgrading the quality of education offered in schools, we will be helping to transform communities and the entire nation. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships at the following link for Develop Africa. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!
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Joe and His Family Extend Their Deep Gratitude to You!

Thank you so much for providing a full scholarship for Joe. Joe and his family extend their deep gratitude to you. Through your support, he has received funding to help pay for his tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. We are so very grateful for your support. Thanks to your support, they do not have to think or worry about school expenses for another year. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships for children and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!
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Education is the Key to Success for Liberia

Thank you for your support that is giving students who live below poverty level a chance at receiving an education.   Education is the key to success.  Educating these future leaders in Liberia is giving them the ability to get out of poverty. Educating these children will give them and all future generations what they need to thrive. Since the last report, you have donated a total of $65.00. These funds helped to cover operating expenses at the school - ensuring that the kids learn each day. In this video, the principal says "Thank you, thank you and thank you very much" for supporting the school. In the video, you can also see kids learning - thanks to YOUR support. The school does not have adequate infrastructure. See photos below of the students working hard in class sometimes in a chair, but no desk and sometimes on the floor. We look forward to your continued support!  We want every student to have the necessary funds to attend school, a chair and desk and to have school supplies and uniforms. Your donations are influencing and helping to shape the future of Liberia.
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Hawa is Happily in School - Thanks to YOU!

Thank YOU so much for helping to provide educational support for Hawa.  Through your support, she has received some funding to help pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. We are so very grateful and thankful for your support. In the included photo, you can see her holding a "Thank You Global Giving" sign - acknowledging and appreciating YOU for your support.  This has made a big difference - helping to ensure she stays in school.   We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships for children in Liberia  Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!
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Aminata is Enjoying School

Aminata lives with her parents and siblings in a mud house. They cannot afford to send Aminata to school, however trough generous donations, she has received funding to help pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. Thanks to your support, Aminata is enjoying school. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships for children in Liberia. Due to a lack of means, many children in Liberia do not attend school at all. The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest. Liberia is significantly behind most other countries in the African region in nearly all education statistics. Many families and schools in Liberia do not have the ability to ensure that their children receive a quality education. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!  Underprivileged children will get a decent education - transforming their lives and providing opportunities for growth, and contribution to national development. By upgrading the quality of education offered in schools, we will be helping to transform communities and the entire nation. Investing in child development is critical for human development and we cannot talk about economic growth without talking about healthy and literate communities.
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New Year, New Hope for Students in Liberia

A new year normally means new resolutions...promises of better health, more exercise, making a difference in people's lives.  We invite your New Year's resolution to include making an impact on the lives of students in Liberia.   Most of these students live far below the poverty line and live with their large families in a one bedroom mud house with no electricity and no running water.   $10 to an average American, may not see like a lot, but to a starving child in Liberia, $10 could be nearly a week of food, $50 could be food and clothes, $100 could be food, clothes and school supplies,  $900 covers all school expenses, clothes and food for a year.  One of the students in desperate need is Patrick. Patrick lives in a mud house with his dad and siblings.  Patrick's dad is out of job and the family is struggling to eat.  Patrick's hope of getting an education is impossible without help.  We may not be able to fix the world's problems in 2017, but I hope that you will consider supporting students, like Patrick, in Liberia and choose to make a difference for a child in need as one of your New Year resolutions. Less than a week ago, on December 27th 2016, a local newspaper, the Liberian Observer published a review on the education system in Liberia: Since the country’s 14 year civil war ended in 2003, the education sector is yet to regain the needed respect where the quality of schools would improve to match the required teaching. As such, the sector continues to show signs of decline with students performing poorly in public exams to the extent that admission to the state run University of Liberia (UL) has continuously exposed the weak educational system by rejecting high school graduates who fail the university’s admission exams in massive numbers. Under the year in review, 13,000 candidates registered for the UL placement and examinations. The result, only 15 candidates passed. This statistics confirms what we already know. There are tremendous opportunities to make a difference.   As we help ensure kids like Patrick have a stronger educational foundation, we will truly be making a difference. Patrick, and kids like him, will excel in their exams and also as they lead Liberia in the future.  We are excited about the opportunity we together have to change lives and future outcomes.  Thanks for your support.
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The Future Depends on the Next Generation

Sometimes it is challenging to believe that a dollar makes a difference, but it does make an impact. Every dollar donated is like a pebble being thrown into a pond; that pebble causes a ripple in the water that affects a large area around it. The future depends on us and if we educate the future leaders and empower them with knowledge we will cause a positive ripple effect across the world. More than 30% of the African population are between ages 10 and 24 and will remain that way for the next 20 years. When the numbers of working-age people surpass the numbers of dependents, countries can experience an economic boom, a phenomenon known as a “demographic dividend.” But first, young people must be enabled to contribute to their countries and communities. “Educated, healthy and productive young people have a better chance of breaking out of poverty and making positive contributions to their communities,” said Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway. Schools are back in session. From the reports that we have received, the kids are learning well. Unfortunately, admission is down at some schools. Due to economic pressures, many families are simply not able to cover the costs of uniforms and school-related expenses. So the start of school has been delayed for some kids. Unfortunately, this may be permanent for some kids.  Your donation of $40 today will provide a uniform an a pair of shoes for a kid, a future leader of Liberia.  This would ensure that 1 more kid does not stay home and miss out on learning for days or weeks.   Thanks for your support.
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