Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

 
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 We continue to appreciate the effort of globgalgiving and all of our potential donors. Thank you very much for all of the love and commitment you have given to this project we are really proud of you.  You are making a difference, if just everyone on earth was thinking and acting like you, we could not have all of the troubles that are affecting the people on planet Earth.

The school year is already coming to a close and your donations have made it possible for us to come at this far. Now your donation can give a child a smile and a hope for a better future. The school has finally received the donation of books and computers from Kpazawalla Ballayan Foundation a US based organization made up of some Liberian in California. But it is difficult for the school and kids to use the computers since we do not have generator to provide electricity to the school. Liberia as a nation has been out of electricity since the war in 1990, the entire country use generator as mean the of power source. We are very much grateful for the donated items. These items will really help with learning of the kids. In order for the computers to be used, we need to buy a generator that may cost US $4000.00.  That will help for the use of the computers and printer. It has been very costly for us print papers for test and other communicational materials.

  The total enrolment of the school still remains at 550 students, and through your love we have been able to register the 12th, 9th and 6th graders to sit for the West African Examination year. This will be the school second time participating in that exam “WAEC”. We are still faced with numerous challenges to make this program a success. I think due to the global financial crisis donation has been very much slow but we are happy that we are still together as a team and shareholders. We right now owed teachers for closed to two month salaries. And it has left with four more months to complete the academic school year successfully. Currently the school operational budget still remains $1700 a month - $1440 goes towards teachers’ salaries, $225 toward rental of the building, and the rest towards food for the free daily meal that the school provides to every student each day. It has been difficult for us to raise the said amount. I want to encourage you to please continue your support through globalgivig to enable our project to be a success. You have done a lot and you have been much committed making this project keeps alive without your support and donation we cannot have this project running.

 

Your donation gives a child a smile.

Vaafd had a wonderful and successful year in 2010, thanks to the many GlobalGiving donors for their love, support and care. 

We want to use this time of the New Year to appreciate all of the efforts, love and sacrifices our donors have made over the year 2010. In remembrance of all the gifts we have received for the year and on behalf of our students, staffs and the entire institution, we want to say "thank you" for supporting our effort by supporting our organization and investing in the educational need of vulnerable children of Liberia.

Abu Kamara was a refugee in Ghana and also a student at the Carolyn A. Miller school which is the only institution providing free and quality education to all refugees kids in that community. He was repatriated in 2009 to Liberia and he enrolled at Carolyn A. Miller school in Paynesville and he is now benefiting from Vaafd free educational program for repatriated returnee refugees says thanks to all VAAFD Donors and  the entire globalgiving team for being a great support to his education.

We now have the total enrollment of 550 students in Liberian include both returned refugees and vulnerable and war affected kids in the community. These kids are enjoying quality education with the efforts of our tireless volunteers and staff. It is incredible to have you as a partners and donors. We have set a goal to help support these kids in their struggle for education and a brighter future. We need your help! 

We are so proud of you because you are making a difference. Without you this project could not exist, therefore you are so special to these kids and to all of us. We also want to ask if each of you could commit to a recurring donation this year, which will be highly appreciated. As much as the financial aspect of this project is very important to us; we also take into consideration your ideas, your participation as well as your total involvement. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas and feel a major part of this noble project so that you can know how your resources have really been spent on these kids. We also need you for decision making since you are a shareholder in this project. The survival of this project is 100% depending on you.  Without your donation we will have no means to run a free school for these kids.

Our budget still remains $1700.00 per month and we have five more months remaining to end this academic school year 2010 and 2011 to achieve our goals for this school. The good news here is that the 50 donated computers have arrived and a board member from Kpazawala Ballayan Foundation is in Liberia to get it from the port and give it to the school.

Thank you again for your support for the past year, we appreciate you and we love you. We think of you as a team players, as you keep us in your loving heart. We want to hear your views and ideas as we build a team and a network with Vaafd and Carolyn A. Miller School.

Hello friends,

We wanted to send a quick hello and happy holidays from all of us at the Carolyn A. Miller School in Liberia. We now have a total enrollment of 550 students and 24 teachers and staff. We could not operate our school with out your kind donations given through GlobalGiving. Although, we continue to struggle with prioritizing where much needed funds should be dispersed ie... teacher salaries, repair for equipment and school furniture, supplies, etc... days like October 15th keep our spirits high. On this day, 12 students met the requirement of the Carolyn A. Miller School and Ministry of Education for graduation and passed the West African examination and were granted graduation certificates. We are so proud of all of our students including, Mamuna Kamara, who placed first amongst her classmates.

We are also very grateful to be receiving 50 computers donated from the US this December. Our kids are excited and will benefit greatly from this contribution.

With each month, we grow closer to our fundraising goal and hope you'll continue to support and share our project. In consideration of your holiday shopping, GlobalGiving allows for donations to be given in someone's honor. We think this is a great way to give and give back this season.

Happy Holidays!

Karrus Hayes & the Carolyn A. Miller School

smiling faces in class
smiling faces in class

Hello friends,

We have had a successful year of school through the efforts of globalgiving and all of the kind donors and friends of CAMES. There are over 400 students who benefited from the Vision Awake Africa For Development free education program for the 2009/2010 academic school year. This program has made a significant impact on the lives for the returning refugees, the less privileged, and the war effected children in the community.

2009/2010 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

+ almost $8,000 in teacher's salaries owed for the school year were paid + 13 students sat for the standardized West Africa Examination for 9th-12th grade graduations + 34 students wrote the 9th grade examination and qualified for High School + 32 students wrote the 6th grade examination and qualified for Junior High School

An interview was conducted with a beneficiary student of VAAFD's free educational program in Ghana. Her name is Mimi. She returned to Liberia in 2008 and is now a 10th grade student. According to her, upon her return to Liberia, there were no means for her to return to school. She was able to locate the Carolyn A. Miller School branch in Liberia and today, is looking forward to her promotion to 10th grade and happy to be getting back into school. She said that “My father Mr. Mulbah is in a Wheelchair and has no job to support me to support my education. And, my mother is also not empower to get a job to support my education as well and I have a strong desire for education because when one is educated it makes them independence and you are able to contribute to others who are in need.” “ I want to thank VAAFD and all those who have been touched to support our education even though they don’t know us but they still keep their commitment."

We are very excited for the new year. We have hundreds of refugees, like Mimi, returning to Liberia who were already benefiting from Vision Awake Africa For Development's free educational program in Ghana. Through the presence of our school in Liberia, they now have the hope of acquiring their educational goal.

We want to thank all of our donors and supporters for their continued support, contributions and commitment to this project. We could never be effective without your support and donations. Because of you, we had a successful school year for 2009/2010. You are so important to the future of the less fortunate and war affected children of Liberia and for this we thank you! We consider education the highest gift one can ever give. It gives us independence, resources in our community, country and world that we so deeply need.

We are starting the 2010/2011 academic school year on Monday, September 6th. Our school is lead by selfless teachers who give back to our students each and every day. Help us support our teachers by giving an ongoing monthly donation of $20, $30 or $60 (full month's salary). With enough ongoing donors, we can ensure that our teachers are compensated fully in a timely manner. The wondrous tools globalgiving provides donors allows us to receive your donations on an ongoing monthly basis.

Thank you once again! We hope you will follow us and continue to support our projects. The Carolyn Miller School providing free education and gives less privileged children hope for their future.

Karrus Hayes and the staff/students of The Carolyn A. Miller School in Liberia

classroom
classroom

Dear Friends, Donors and former Volunteers of CAMES,

Greetings from the CAMES family in Liberia. 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 have made over the years. In fact, there could be no 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 of CAMES survival in Liberia is a donation that is done through GlobalGiving. To have the school information be hosted on the GlobalGiving website, you made it happen. Your donation to the initial challenge helped VAAFD to win in Liberia.

Unfortunately, it has been hard for the survival of the school in Liberia. We currently owe our wonderful teachers for six months of salaries. The amount allocated per month is $1,440.00. It has been difficult to raise said amount but with all that, our staffs are very much committed to their work. We are in dire need of raising the owed $8,640 and figuring out a way to sustain teacher's salaries in the future.

You can help us in a big way on June 16! GlobalGiving is having a Bonus Day on June 16 at GlobalGiving.org. They are matching at 50% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving is 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 ask for your help again to enable us to compensate our teacher's for their past six months of great work. 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.

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

Kindly visit our link on June 16th and donate in any way that you can! US: www.globalgiving.com/projects/educate-resettled-refugee-children-in-liberia

UK and Europe: www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/3700/proj3644d.html (donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk are NOT eligible for matching)

Peace, Karrus

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Karrus Hayes

1001 Monrovia 10, NA Liberia

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