Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

 
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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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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.

Jan 22, 2014

Thank you for your support

We want are so grateful to Globalgiving and all of our donors and supporters for making a difference for these poor kids in this part of our world. Thank you so much for all of the donations you made in 2013 we are appreciates your efforts and love. We highly appreciate your love, concern and support these kids wouldn’t have had gotten the taste of education, but with your support, they can be assure of better future.

 I would like to say that Poverty, being underprivileged and living in this part of world cannot define our kids and youth because they possess skills, talents; abilities, desire and willingness to change the circumstances they see around them. All they need is guidance, opportunities, self-esteem and a winning attitude to propel them to greater heights. You are making a great sacrifice to see these kids to have a future. 

  I have come to realize that to define people by their conditions rather than their abilities is dehumanizing. When you look past the poverty, you see abilities, resources and desires. The poor are extremely hard-working and entrepreneurial – they must be just to survive. They don’t want or need to be rescued.

 They want an opportunity to create a better life for their families and I can that you are creating that opportunity for the underprivileged in this part of our world. With your continued help, we will be able to have an even bigger impact in Liberia and you will ever be remember and we will be sending you regular reports about our work so you will know what your donations are helping to fund and the accomplishment we are achieving and what our current needs are. The major project we want to focus on for this year is the construction of our school this will give opportunity to get many from the street and secure their future with the present opportunity.

Oct 21, 2013

A new school year

We have entered another school year and we and to extend our greetings to you all as you continue to show us all of the love. We think it is very important to extend our greetings and appreciation to you all. CAMES has been able to survive over the years because of your kind hearts toward the deprived children of Liberia and the great contribution you are making to support these kids. In fact, there couldn’t be any free school for the kids if you had not shown your love and kindness to them by contributing and even coming to work as well. Right now the only means survival of the school in Liberia is a donation that is done through GlobalGiving. To have the school information be hosted on the GlobalGiving website, it is such a blessing. Your donation over the year had been a really blessing you these needy kids and VAAFD in Liberia

Unfortunately, it has been hard for the survival of the school in Liberia since we are not receiving donation from any other group or individual. We currently we want to build our own structure but it again, it require a lot of funding and we are not receiving donations as it at the beginning. It has really been difficult connecting with new donors or to get back those old donors who supported us from the beginning.

But not with standing, we have had couple of donors who have really been committed over the years and they are doing the best to have this program survive. We just received books, school supplies and Zebra Plastic machine from one of our donors and she has really been there for the kids and the school we really appreciate her.

 You can help us in a big way at the end of the year! GlobalGiving is will be organization the some matching days that will help us. They will be matching at 50% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving is always offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!

We are again asking to enable us to compensate our teacher's to start our school project so that we will leave the rented building. We will welcome family who can help us build a classroom and then we can place that family name on that classroom. If you are interest in Library and you can organize to build it, we can place the name of you or your family as an honor.  You can organize your friends and relatives I know we are a good team that never fails. We can make it, we make the difference! If we were successful in the refugee camp, how about Liberia? Please lets work together for the deprived in our society. Our new project cost is $250,000.00 but any amount you contribute it will reduce that and of course everyone donation can reach us to that amount.

I am greatly hoping on you and I know we will make it together.

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Karrus Hayes

1001 Monrovia 10, NA Liberia

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