Vision Awake Africa for Development

VAAFD was founded by Liberian refugees in Ghana with a purpose of bettering the lives of Liberians in both Ghana and Liberia, irrespective of race, sex and religious affiliations. VAAFD's programmes are centered on EDUCATION as the cornerstone to the empowerment of their community. The main aim is to build a school and self-sustaining environment for 850 unaccompanied minors in the town of Suakoko, Liberia.
Jul 14, 2014

One book goes a long way

11th grade students in the CAMES library
11th grade students in the CAMES library

VAAFD are at the beggining of the textbook project, and at times it feels like a very long road - to get every class from K1 - 12th Grade at the Carolyn A Miller School the whole set of curriculum books. But donations anre starting to trickle in and VAAFD will soon be in a position to start stockpiling books and re-stocking the library. (Sadly, thelibrary was recently broken in to and thieves took the school's 2 computers).

In June, Hannah Garrard - VAAFD board member from the UK - visited the school. It was a shock to find out how much a Liberian family would be expected to pay to buy their child an entire set of school books. That's why VAAFD have made these resources a priorty adn have set up this new project.  

Hannah wrote her findings about the textbook crisis in Liberia on the New Internationalist blog, stating just how desperate the situation is right now for Libierians. 

It's the VAAFD mission and vision to get ALL Liberians receiving quality, education and without access to the West African curriculum. With the support and help of our donors, this mission is acheivable.  

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Jun 20, 2014

Queens and Quizzes at Carolyn A Miller

End of semester party
End of semester party

It's been an exciting end of term this year at Carolyn A Miller High School, with new projects being developed, visitors from the UK coming to stay, and the usual array of end of term activities. 

Hannah Garrard, who first volunteered at the project in 2006, came for ten days in June to catch up on all that's happening in the school and Liberia. Her youth group in Norfolk, England recently Skyped with CAMHS students, and both sets of young people enjoyed making links across the globe. With Internet connections being sketchy in Liberia, it was great that the school were able to pull it off! CAMHS students have also been writing penpal letters to Tower Bridge Primary school, and are working on uploading the letters onto their website. 

Hannah was treated to a true Liberian style farewell, where students volunteered to treat her to some free-style dancing. The teachers and parents also made her a beautiful shirt in the CAMHS colours. 

This years' end of semester quiz saw both teams battling head to head for the grand prize, and the compares were especially charismatic this year. It was a close run in the end, but both teams proved how much they have learned and absorbed over the year. 

This years' Queen is an 8th grade student and she looked stunning in red velvet. Her teacher, Eugine, handed over the crown from last years' Queen and the school erupted into applause. It was a wonderful atmosphere on the last day of semseter. 

It's all go this week for the WAEC exams, and students have been busy revising at school. Now that the monsoon has come, it really shows how desperate the school is in need of repairs. There's rain coming through the upper level, but this doesn't put students off from working hard.

School textbooks and uniforms are the priorities at the moment, and with the school's volunteers, Karrus Hayes is developing new projects that will help provide these materials free for Liberia's poorest students.

Thanks to all the efforts of of our donors and fundraisers over the last few weeks. A sponsored walk event in the UK with North Norfolk Youth Hubs, is taking place on 28th June, so we're looking forward to developing a bigger presence and awareness in England thanks to the youth groups over there. Global Giving UK matching day is 25th June, and 16th July in the USA. So if you plan to give, then either of these days will help double the money you choose to donate. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported VAAFD so far, you are helping create opportunities for Liberia's poorest young people. 

Best, 

 The VAAFD team 

Hannah receiving her leaving gift
Hannah receiving her leaving gift
Quiz team
Quiz team
Hannah and the tenth grade chemistry class
Hannah and the tenth grade chemistry class

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May 1, 2014

The Future Rests in your Hands

 

  

Hello supporters, sponsors and donors, you have really been amazing with your supports and we really appreciate you for all of your efforts. If it has not been for you, if it would have been a very difficult situation for us to continue this project because this project does not have any support or source of income from anywhere but rather from your donation.  We know that the whole world continue to get tough since the world is economic continue to get so bad. I sometime feel like giving up especially when there is no donation to this project that can meet our project goal but the commitment of some few donors and supporters give me the hope and strength.

The kids and teachers at the Carolyn A. Miller School have placed their whole hope in me thinking that I have the power to request on their behalf and it works. I tried to keep their hope but the number of donors we had over the years have reduced and this is really affecting the progress of the school. One of our donors is so amazing and she was able to purchased two acres of land for the school some years ago and we have been anticipating that everyone could see this as an opportunity to give their support for us to be able to construct our own building but right, now donation right only couple of our supports and sponsors still committed. We see renting to be a difficult situation for us right now therefore investing the development of our own school will really help reduce some major expense.

We continue to work with the kids and continue to develop their hope because these kids are the leaders of Liberia and the world.  There is a lot of work to be done; the present building we are using is not in a good condition therefore we are considering renovation so till we can get the support to build. Right now our students are feeling bad because their building is not in good condition and the owner of the building is very old and she does not have the finances to renovate it, we are considering to undertake the renovation and that will be spread over the number of years we are going to spent, we will appreciate any support that will help us make this building dream a reality that the kids will have better place for their learning.

It was an amazing event on the Carolyn A. Miller school Campus in the month of April when the students decided to have sporting activities for a week and this was really interesting in that every class wanted to carry the trophy that was put up by the institution but only one class could be the winner and that class was the grade 11th soccer class.

 We want to say many thanks to all of our committed sponsors and donors who continue to give their love to these kids. Your donation is so important to these kids and our project. If has been for you, there couldn’t be any school called Carolyn A. Miller that is providing free and quality education to the less fortunate kid of Liberia and the world. We want to believe that we can make a better if just we can work as a team.

 Thank you again and we really need your support to enable us continue this project, kindly invite your friends and relative to give their support.

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