Liberia

The School Year Ended Well With Activities

Thanks in part to YOUR support, the school year ended great. Below is a report from the school. Registration period for the 2017-2018 school year was from August 8th, 2017 through August 31st, 2017; and classes started on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Currently, there are 110 pupils enrolled at the school.  The school’s administrators are planning an ‘increased enrollment’ drive in February for the 2018-2019 school year which will begin in September 2018. The school closed on Wednesday, December 20th for the Christmas holiday and will reopen on Monday, January 8, 2018.  All the pupils are expected to return. A closing program was held during the morning of December 20th highlighted by various Christmas plays dramatized by each class. The parents and the community were invited to the program. According to a teacher at the school, the children enthusiastically worked on the plays, perfecting their roles, for over three weeks leading to the program…and the result of their hard work was evident during their performance, as all in attendance cheered at the end of one play after the other. After the Christmas play was over, the second half of the day’s activities involved the distribution of the pupils’ academic performance reports for the semester initially to the pupils, then to the parents for safekeeping. In final remarks, the principal Ms. Juah Sheriff thanked the parents for their presence and support they rendered their children in their quest in pursuing education.   While she was generally satisfied with the pupils’ overall academic performance, she challenged them to strive to make even better grades when they return next month for the next semester. The day before the Closing program, the school held a field day, which comprised of competitive football (soccer), kickball, volleyball, track, and field, etc.The various class levels competed among themselves for several prizes in these sports. It was a day of great fun and of learning and practicing of good sportsmanship. The school held several ‘color day’ during the quarter, usually on Fridays.  During color days, the pupils are encouraged to wear clothes other than their normal school uniforms which they donned during the school year. The parents and pupils expressed their love for ‘color day,’ and the practice is expected to continue next semester. The quarter was also marked by some improvement of the school facility.  In addition to replacing a few damaged zincs on the school building roof, an annex to the building was renovated and converted into a living quarter to have a property caretaker reside on the campus at the beginning of the New Year.  The presence of someone on the property at all times will deter the theft/vandalism that occurred at the facility at night, and when school is not in sessions.    It is a standing policy of the organization to provide education in a structurally sound and safe environment.  Therefore, we are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of the school building. To this end, we appreciate and welcome your continued support.
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Chairs for Liberian Students

Thanks to your support, we have secured a set of sturdy chairs that will serve the children for a long time.  Soon they will no longer have to sit on the floor.   We are very thankful for this because these chairs will improve their focus, attention, and learning. This is yet one more building block towards an improved and more conducive learning environment.  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. We welcome your support to help ship the chairs and desks to students in need in Liberia.
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Future Liberian Leaders Start New School Year

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.  Thanks to your support, last school year ended well with the kids being promoted to the next classes as follows: K2 to first grade: 19 pupils (these graduated and went to elementary school) K1 to K2: 15 pupils Nursery to K1: 20 pupils Beginners to K1: 25 pupils  School reopened on September 4th and the kids are happy to be back in school - after the summer break. Current enrollment is 100 pupils and the school will be accepting pupils until mid-October. Thanks to your support, funds raised have helped cover the some of the costs to start the new school year.  Over the summer we repaired some of the school's roof. An annex to the school building was renovated to serve as the living quarters for the property caretaker. We are now in the process of replacing the back door.   Here in Tennessee, we also secured chairs for the students (pictured).  These are sturdy and durable chairs that should serve for many years.  We welcome your support to help us ship these chairs from Tennessee to Liberia.
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Racheal is Starting The School Year With a Smile - Thanks to You

Thank you so much for helping provide a scholarship for Racheal.  Racheal extends her deep gratitude to you. Through your support, she has received some of the funding she needed to pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. We are so very grateful for your support. Thanks to your support, Racheal was able to complete school, has enjoyed her summer break and is looking forward to starting school. We welcome your support in providing other students with scholarships or by sponsoring a child.   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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Thank you for helping Patrick and his family

Thank you so much for providing support to Patrick and his family.  Your generosity has made going to school and having nutritional meals a little easier for them.  Patrick and his family extend their deep gratitude to you.  We are so very grateful for your support. We welcome your support in providing support for other student scholarships; let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true!  Donate to the education of students in Liberia
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Now Learning in a Dry Classroom

Thanks to your support our kids will be learning in 3 dry rooms this semester.    Learning in a room with a leaking roof is no fun. Like you, the kids in Liberia do not like to get wet - particularly when they are trying to focus. Additionally, the drip-drip sound of the dropping water was distracting. Because of the leaking and damaged roof, one of the rooms was unusable during the heavy downpours typical in Liberia. Over the summer, we replaced 36 sheets of zinc covering 2 and a half rooms. These areas were partially damaged. You can see a photo of the roof being repaired. This means that this semester and going forward the students will be able to learn in a dry classroom.  Because of you, those classrooms will be fully utilized this semester. The kids will be dry and able to focus. Thanks for making a significant difference in their learning environment.
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Mosquito Nets are Helping Famililes in Liberia

Thanks to your donations, we were able to purchase 30 bed nets to protect families in Liberia from mosquitos while they sleep.   Less than 10% of children sleep under protective nets in Liberia, where malaria is still a frequent and killer disease. Malaria causes unnecessary sickness, hospitalization, and deaths - most of which could be easily prevented. The long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets provide an effective barrier and protection from   You are helping save lives through your donations that purchased bed nets for these families in need. In the photo, you can see some of the families and children that received bed nets.  Each family expressed their gratitude and relief knowing that their family was now protected. Bed nets are one of the simplest and least expensive ways to prevent deadly malaria.  You can help us continue providing bed nets to families in need until every child is protected.
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Help Bendu Stay in School

Thank you for helping Bendu stay in school by providing her a scholarship.  Through your support, she has received funding to help pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses for this school year.  Bendu is smiling with joy and is so very grateful for your support.   We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships for children and sponsoring a child to make a difference throughout the whole year. Child sponsorships give you the opportunity to be a child's hero, to build an ongoing relationship with a child and to be a part of helping a child grow and mature into a citizen that can give back to his/her community.   Go to our child sponsorship page to learn more about starting a child sponsorship.  
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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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