The Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls
GlobalGiving Foundation Report
Liberian Girls Reading Room Project
On behalf of AALG’s team, I would like to submit our report for March – October 2014. Since the submission of the last report in February 2014, all activities surrounding the reading room project in Liberia has been on hold due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
February 2014, Liberia, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea was hit with the world’s worst outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 5000 people have been infected with this deadly disease. Unfortunately Liberia has seen the highest number of Ebola cases and death to date. This resulted to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf issuing a State of Emergency. Schools were closed, public gatherings prohibited, and a curfew was issued for the entire country.
Thanks to our international partners such as the USAID, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and United States Military, Liberia is starting to show some positive trend. However, the country still remains in a State of Emergency, with no timeframe of when it will be lifted. While schools remained closed, children’s education is at a halt. Even more threatening, children are becoming more vulnerable to selling on the street as a means to survive.
AALG’s volunteers have been working tirelessly to foster partnerships with several schools and local businesses in the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia (USA) area to collect homeschooling materials, vitamins, and toys for children in Liberia, especially the children from both reading rooms.
As always, thanks to donors like the GlobalGiving Foundation, for giving us the opportunity to create a positively impact our communities. We will continue to monitor the Ebola situation in Liberia. During which time, our team will continue with administrative activities, including receiving training and fundraising.
We are sad to report the death of one of our biggest supporter, Ms. Boo Brewer of Delta Airlines (Liberia). Ms. Brewer died on August 19th, 2014 of unknown cause due to the lack of medical care in Liberia. Ms. Brewer was a champion for AALG. AALG plans to honor Ms. Brewer by dedicating a reading room in her honor.
Founder, Stephanie Duncan
Global Giving Foundation Report
February 1, 2014
Thanks to the generous support of the British Embassy in Liberia, Brussels Airlines, Cachelle Creative Arts Center and countless other supporters, we were able to open another reading room in the heart of Monrovia (Liberia’s capital city).
The launching ceremony of “Monahdee’s Clubhouse Adventures” took place on January 27, 2014. In attendance were Hon. Fergus Cochrane-Dyet (British Ambassador), Hon. Frederic Vloeberghs (Brussels Airlines and Honorary Consul of Belgium, Mrs. Shoana Clarke Solomon (Founder and Executive Director of Cachelle Ink International), Monahdee (Mrs. Clarke Solomon’s daughter and the inspiration for this reading room), some of our individual donors, and member of the press.
Thanks to donors like you and the Global Giving Foundation, AALG is able to create accessible children reading rooms (mini libraries) positively impacting our communities. Our children reading rooms provides free access to books, magazines, videos, audios, and music, internet resources and a wide range of recreational and social activities. Today more of our children are experiencing the joy of reading. Our activities include reading workshops, tutoring, board games, and roundtable discussions with the children. To date, we have two (2) reading rooms in Monrovia.
AALG has partnered with the Mayor of Paynesville (a city located next to Monrovia), Madam Cyvette Gibson, to create Community Champions for Children. This initiative is an opportunity to create monthly educational and fun events for children. Our first event was scheduled for January 18th 2014 (a children’s fair). Unfortunately, due to poor sponsorship we had to postpone the fair to December 2014. We have created smaller events for example our next scheduled movie night February 7, 2014. We are asking local businesses to provide gifts in kind for these smaller events.
December 6th, 2013, Mr. Leon Mensah (Vice President American Division of AXA Advisors) celebrating his promotion at Dominion Valley Country Club, VA with a special fundraiser with proceeds going to AALG. According to AXA, they will make a donation with proceeds through our Global Giving website.
As always, thanks to our AWESOME sponsors and donors.
A BIRTHDAY WISH! FB MSG
I am so thankful for another year (Feb. 1st is my birthday)… Anyone who truly knows me knows I really love my birthdays. Instead of gifts, I am asking each of you to please make a donation to an AWESOME organization, The Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls (www.liberiangirls.org). AALG is a Global Giving Foundation partner (tax deductible). We are building children’s reading room, mentoring young girls, and creating sexual exploitation awareness in Liberia.
Thanks a MILLION. Xoxoxoxo
Stephanie SalaMartu Duncan, founder of AALG
December 3, 2013
Liberian Girls Reading Room
A couple of months ago, we asked for you help in building three (3) additional children reading rooms in Liberia!!! AALG builds accessible children reading rooms (mini libraries) which has a bigger impact in the communities. Our children reading rooms provides free access to books, magazines, videos, audios, and music, internet resources and a wide range of recreational and social activities for children can experience the joy of reading. Thanks for your continuous support of the Association for the Advancement of Liberian Girls (AALG). Since becoming partners with Global Giving Foundation, the Liberian Girls Reading Room projects have taken off. Our goal is to create three (3) additional reading rooms in Monrovia, Liberia. To date, we are currently completing one of the three (3) reading rooms. Mrs. Shoana Clarke Solomon, Founder and Executive Director of Cachelle Ink International, donated a space to AALG for a children’s reading room. The British Embassy in Liberia made a donation of $1200 USD to help facilitate the creation of the reading room. Our expected launch date is December 19, 2013.
The City Mayor of Paynesville (a city located next to Monrovia) Madam Cyvette Gibson has pledge her support to create our second (2nd) reading room. AALG and the City of Paynesville Corporation will host a Children’s Fair on January 18, 2014 to help raised money and awareness of our program.
December 6th, 2013, Mr. Leon Mensah (Vice President American Division of AXA Advisors) will be celebrating his promotion at Dominion Valley Country Club, VA with a special fundraiser with proceeds going to AALG.
Each Saturday, we continue to conduct our reading workshops at the Jungle Reading Room (the first AALG Children’s Reading Room).
Thanks again for all your support.
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