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.
Feb 17, 2017

Challenges facing the Ebola orphans we work with

On 4 JANUARY 2016, WHO finally declared the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. There are many who showed kindness and love to the people of Liberia and especially the Ebola orphans that were left behind. We to want appreciate all those who were touched to give their support to the kids we work with. Since the end of the epidemic many people who were giving their support cut them off and today most of the kids are in desperate need. I arrived in Bong County on February 13, 2017 at the precise hour of 9:45 am and I first make a stop on the Phebe Lutheran community high school campus where we have most of the ebola orphans to make their final payment for the year and also pay for Daniel West African Examination fees since it is due. When I got on the campus students have gone for vacation and only school administrators were in their offices.

I met with the business manager to collect our students’ final bill for the year that which was given to me and I quickly called Daniel and Princess to come to me since they are closer to the area and they did. But when they arrived,  I realized that Princess was pregnant and this came as a shut to me and I said to her Princess what am I seeing their? She said to me, I’m sorry and I know that you and others are helping to provide for our tuitions but on the other hand we need to survive, life has become very challenging for us since our family died and she continue, we got all the support from you that which help us but now only education you are able to take care of and base on this I have to sleep with someone who I felt that could be able to help me and my siblings and trying to do that this the result I go but the good news is that I am still in school. I have actually transferred to the extension which is the night school I promise that I will end the school year.

I actually went out of word and felt terrible the question I kept asking myself is that how a 17 years old child gets pregnant now who will take care of baby for her to be able to continue her education. All that she said challenged me and the fact is that we have not had donations coming in as recent therefore we have just been able managed to meet up with their education needs. Daniel said that he was happy that he is finally getting out of high school and he wish to go to college but if he can’t get any support to enroll at college, he will find something to do with his high school education.

  Many thanks to all of those who have supported this project and we ask that please continue your support to help these kids achieve their educational goal they do not have any more parent but they look at you and I as their only hope in life we turn our back on them, life may get terrible for them.

Thank you again and we appreciate your love and cares as you continue to make the difference in the lives of these vulnerable kids

Dec 2, 2016

Excitement at the CAMES

The 2016/2017 school year has had an interesting event taking place at CAMES, the students have been enjoying the taste of entertainment. It has been the wish of the students to own musical instrument to be able to building their talents and the opportunity has finally come. A student at Laurence High School from California donated some musical instrument to the school to help the kids at CAMES to get excess to music. What makes this interesting most is that the kids who donated these items family got full involved till we finally received those musical instrument that the kids at CAMES are enjoying today.

Kids in Liberia do not have the opportunity to build their talent when they watch television and see other kids in other parts of the world with those opportunities they wish to have that too but again, schools here do not provide it for them.

We continue to appreciate all of friends, donors and supporters for their continue love and sacrifices they continue to make for the kids of Liberia and CAMES get a brighter future. Our biggest thanks go to Globalgiving who is the master planner for all of the opportunities these kids receive today.

One of our students James who father is vision impaired said that if the institution can help to build his foundation in music he will use that change the lives in his community and if the possibility exist, he will make impart on the Liberia and the world. His both parents are vision impaired and he wants to use music to be a great help to his family.  We want to appreciate all those who part toke in the Globalgiving matching fund to donate to our organization, thank you ever so much and you are making a difference, you protecting the future of kids who never knew that they could ever go to school.

The school will be starting her 3rd period exam next week and we are getting some challenges from our land lord he wants to sell the building that we are using for the school for $25,000.00 United States Dollars and we do not have the money buy and this is really embarrassing we are therefore asking all of our supports, donors and friends to kids help you us be able to buy this building so that the kids will remain in school. Our land lord said that if we are interested to buy can pay by three installments, first installment will be 50% of the said amount and other 50% can be paid evenly.  Thank you for all of the supports you continue to give our organization and the kids of Liberia and we hope that you will be our guest one day to be able to interact with those you continue to support.

Thank you so much for the support you are making a difference and together as a team, we can achieve much.

Again, many thank to our donors, supporters and friends all whose are giving their love and resources to support this project.  We also want to thank Globalgiving for their support as well.

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Nov 25, 2016

The impact of textbook to our school

There been a challenge for the students, teachers, support staff and their families at the Carolyn A Miller high school. The School has been broke into by theft and a lot of items including Students 21 sets of Jerseys which had the school name written on were taken away. Computer tablets from Map your world, textbooks, and notebooks and may other items. This has been so hard for us especially when we are just trying to recover from the Ebola crisis.  We feel so terrible about this and students are so sad because these are items that were bought and sent for their learning and activities.

Our textbooks project is moving on slowly but it is our hope that our target will be met and all of our students will be served with textbook that will make their learning easy. Thanks for all of the efforts you continue to make by donating and supporting this textbook project. We are very proud of you and your family, since we started this project we have raised over $7,000.00 towards this and this has played a significant role in the operation of this institution. We are anticipating all of our students and teachers can get a complete set of textbooks each classroom from K1 - 12th grade full access to the West African curriculum. The textbook which is an important education material plays a major role in child learning and this will help students at CAMHS will be well prepared to take their end of year exams in line with other West African countries, thus raising the standard of academic achievement in Liberia. 

We have received musical instrument from one of pen pal students and family from Laurence High School in California and this is also going to very useful to our students’ development, this will help them bring out their talents.  Spreading the word about this grassroots project is vital to its success, so please do share your support and don't hold back from telling people that you have donated to this much needed resource! 

 

Thank so much for your continual support to our project and the kids of Liberia. We remain grateful to our donors and supporters who have engaged with this project and donated funds. Every dollar / pound really makes a difference. 

Thank you again and we appreciate your love and kindness toward the future of the children of Liberia.

 
   

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