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.
Oct 14, 2014

The impact of the Ebola outbrak on the kids

 

Dear Supporters of VAAFD,

We appreciate your support and generosity toward the future of the children and the people of Liberia. School should have reopen this gone September 2014 but due to the Ebola epidemic the government has closed down all learning institutions to avoid further spread of the virus to school going children. It is really a challenge in Liberia when it comes to the Ebola epidemic, thousands have died and new cases continue to rise on a daily bases. It really worry me especially the kids we deal with most of them strive to survive in term of food and other basic need.

There is no information as when we expect school reopening but it is our hope that we will all fight this Ebola and stop it spreading further so that these kids can return to school again be happy.

However, you may have been reading from the internet or media, Liberia is really experiencing a health crisis with the outbreak of this Ebola virus, which has caused all education establishments to close until the outbreak is dealt with.

Due to the closure of schools it has caused a lot of difficulties for our staff as well since are unable to continue paying them salaries. Our land-law is also requiring us to pay her since the rent is due. We paid the sum of $2,700.00 as a yearly rent the said amount due on the September 1st every year but there has delay in payment due to the crisis. The rain has caused serial damage to more of the building and it need renovation before the reopen of the school that we don’t know yet.

Our team has been strongly involved with the Ebola awareness in Liberia since this has become a major concern everyone. The Carolyn A Miller School and the VAAFD team have turned their energies towards fighting Ebola, teaching health education and disseminating supplies to clinic. Details of the new Ebola awareness project can be found here on Global Giving. 

We are still be seeking donations for the school supplies, medical supplies and our school textbook project.

It is our hope that within couple of months the situation in Liberia and West Africa will chance and our kids will happily return to school. Please continue to support this project without you donation we cannot continue to run this project.

  May God bless you all

 

 Karrus

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Oct 13, 2014

Our team's effort in the Ebola fight

Dear VAAFD supporters and donors,

We are happy that you are with us in the fight of this deadly disease that continues to kill thousands of people in West Africa, which is becoming a global issue. I am sure that together we can stop the spread of this epidemic. Please feel free to contact us if you have any query that we can clarify as we continue working, and how your resources are used. Thank you so much for your kindness, open-handedness and love. Since VAAFD Ebola Awareness Teams got involved in the fight of this deadly epidemic we have been conducting awareness and Ebola’s prevention education in five zones within the Paynesville belt in Monrovia.

Our team has undergone two major healthcare and Ebola’s awareness trainings conducted by the  Health Ministry and an international NGO (MORE THAN ME). Our team has reached over two hundred and seventy three homes within five zones covering three key communities in Paynesville: Soul Clinic, Pipeline, and the Police Academy area. About 75% of the families we have met strongly do not believe the existence and reality of this disease but with the effort of our trained volunteers, we have been able to change their perceptions. We have been able to make them understand the basics of Ebola’s prevention and awareness.

However, our team is working very hard to break their disbeliefs and make them understand the reality of the disease. Our team is moving from home to home and meeting with families. There has been much progress made by our team in providing necessary awareness and education to homes and families in the Paynesville area. The rest of the 25% have some basic information on the spread and prevention of Ebola but still have some doubt and uncertainty about the disease.

 The challenges are that most of these people we meet always expect our team to do more by distributing disinfectants such as buckets, gloves, chloride, chlorine, and oral rehydration and food items. Ambulance is also a major challenge to the fight of this epidemic. Whenever we identify a sick person, it can be difficult to getting the health team coming over since they have limited ambulances to cater to population. Other challenges of our team are the rainy season; it makes it difficult for them to go out since our volunteers do not have rain boots and coats. Educational materials and other supplies will help to make our work easier so as to continue our activities within these communities during the deadly Epidemic.

Your donation will help to increase our activities to help stop the spread of this disease. We cannot make progress without your support and contribution to this endeavor. Therefore, we want to encourage you to continue the good work you have started and also please encourage your friends and relatives to make their contribution. We are sure that together we can fight and defeat this epidemic that has the propensity kill us all if we do not move faster.

Oct 7, 2014

Ebola Delays Education

Supporters of VAAFD have shown fantastic support for this new project since it opened in June this year. After volunteer and friend of VAAFD, Hannah Garrard, visited the Carolyn A Miller High School in Paynesville and noted the lack of teaching materials and inflated price of textbooks, her and Karrus worked out the cost of providing the entire school with complete sets of grade books after visiting Monrovia's only education bookshop, Star Longman. It was disconcertingly high, and the plausibility of ever funding the entire set from K1-grade 12 in one go seemed daunting. Yet in just three months and with the help of robust social networks, we have raised nearly $2,000 - enough to fund grade 12 and more. The plan is to purchase sets of books once enough funds are secured for an entire set, and continue to fundraise until all students and teachers have access to the quality learning materails that will enhance their education and teaching methods. 

However, as we are all well aware, Liberia is experiencing a health crisis with the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has caused all education establishments to close until the outbreak is dealt with. Parents and extended family members are taking on the responsibility for their childrens' learning, as one Liberian, Abel, states in an article in Mother Jones:

 "I worry a lot about the future of our children's education. I was at the verge of paying my children's tuition when the government announced the closure of all schools in the country. For now, I am my children's tutor at home."

Ebola has affected the economy, security and people's trust in the authorities. You can read the full article Liberians Explain Why the Ebola Crisis Is Way Worse Than You Think by clicking on the link. 

So in the interests of public health, the Carolyn A Miller school is currently closed, and the VAAFD team have turned their energies towards fighting Ebola, teaching health education and disseminating supplies to clinic. Details of the new Ebola awareness project can be found here on Global Giving. 

We will still be seeking donations for the textbook project in the good faith that this crisis will pass and Liberia will be  functioning properly again, with the continued support of our friends and donors across the globe. And a huge thank you to all that have been so generous and donated money for textbooks. 

We hope, that in three months time when the next project report is due, we will be able to say that the school is opening and running again, and the students of Carolyn A Miller are back on track with their education, and with new textbooks to learn from! 

In peace and solidarity, 

Karrus Hayes and Hannah Garrard 

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