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A school in Liberia for children living in poverty



The project will benefit children living in abject poverty in the slum of West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. The goal is to build an elementary school that will accommodate 500 children per year. We believe that giving children living in extreme poverty access to early education is a great poverty alleviation strategy.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The community of West Point, located in Monrovia, Liberia, is known as one of the worst slums in the world. This is due to abject poverty and inadequate educational access in that community. Children continue to re-live that circle of poverty and illiteracy because of these reasons.

How will this project solve this problem?

Smile Liberia's school adoption project will provide a modernized elementary school equipped with a computer lab and a library that will accommodate 500 school-age children per year. It will also serve as a community center and provide vocational training for adults that are not of school age.

Potential Long Term Impact

By 2020, Smile Liberia wants to provide basic elementary education for at least 5,000 children living in poverty and prepare them for the next step in their education journey. We also want to provide vocational training to at least 1,000 adults to prepare them to join the workforce and become self-sufficient.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,550
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $44,450
Total Funding Goal: $50,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Project Leader

William Ward

Charlotte, North Carolina United States

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