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.
Jan 4, 2016

Restoring the hope of Ebola orphans

The Ebola left behind terrible and sad stories that can never be forgotten in our communities today. Siannea is 7 years old her both parents died as result of the Ebola epidemic in 2014 leaving behind she and siblings and they now live with their who unemployed. We have been working with them paying for their education at the Phebe Community High School in Suakoko Bong County in central Liberia. We also provide other support them such as medical care, food items and clothing but it done on limited skill since resources and supports are limited. Siannea and her siblings are nine and we sponsor all of them at the same school two are in the 12th grade and they will be graduating this school. We want to increase their support helping them acquire other knowledge especially the older one and we want to continue supporting these kids till they can complete their educational goal provided if our donors and supported can continue to support our cause. We have other Ebola orphans that we sponsor in three other schools in and around Gbarnga, we also sponsor other Ebola orphans in Monrovia, Kakata and Buchannan. We are presently working with 63 Ebola orphans and also selected 52 Ebola survivors that will be benefiting from our Micro-loan project in 2016.

We are thankful to Globalgiving, our supporters, friends and donors for all the concern and love they continue to show in supporting our work. We appreciate every effort you and contribution you are making to support us to help these kids those have been made orphans by Ebola. 

We know that this is a challenging project since it has to be ongoing and we have been able to undertake it because you have been providing all of the supports. How do you think we can improve this project? Most of the kids we are sponsoring we are mostly focus on the education but there is a lot to be done that go beyond just education. Please we will appreciate your view and decision making in this project. Thank you again and we want to challenge to please continue your support and also contact friends and relatives to please help us continue the support for these kids. They never knew that today they could be in such condition they find themselves.

We are can right assure that with your support and we can make a great difference in the lives of these.

Dec 17, 2015

Education is a powerful tool

 It has been a very wonderful and an interesting school year for students, staff of the Carolyn A. Miller School as well as our team after the Ebola epidemic. The team worked very hard to restore the damaged building to have our kids back in school

There were a lot of difficulties and challenges that came on our way that affected our students, staff, and team before the beginning of the academic school year. There was this fear of Ebola, our damaged school building got damaged completely by storm, many other challenges from staff and even our land lord! However, with the efforts of our donor’s, supports and globalgiving, we gained hope and we have been able to solve some of those challenges.

 

 There were so many needs for our students to able them get back to school and it was really challenging and at the result of that, the enrollment of the school was not stable there were always fluctuation, rise and fall in the attendance of the students on a daily basis. However, it took months and great number of time and effort from our team and staff to be able to get encourage of our students to be regular in school.

We also realized that most of the students that were affected were the younger once especially the females.  Most of them came to school very hungry at the result they will be sleeping and not paying attention to the lesson taught by the teachers.  We have been unable to provide feeding for them since donations to our project has been very slow and we have not been able to meet up with our target set.

Interestingly all of the students that come to our school are less fortunate kids in society. One of students called Mercy life has been very challenging for her since she was born. Mercy was born in one of the counties in Liberia called Nimba County in a little village. Her family later moved to Monrovia to seek a better opportunity in 2010 unfortunately her, their father died when she was at a very young age in a motor accident in April 2011 leaving behind Mercy and her five siblings.

 

 Since the death her father there has been so much suffering, constrained poverty and hardship and this has leads the family to disintegration, suffering as well as denial to fundamental opportunities to education, healthcare and more.

Mercy is now 10 years of age and she lives with her aunty who is also unemployed and do not have the mean to provide for her education and other needs.  According to mercy, she lives in very harsh conditions that depriving her rights as a child. (United Nations convention on Child right, Article 25. E and f) declares and gives every child the right to ensure that all segments of society, in particular parents and children, are informed, have access to education and are supported in the use of basic knowledge of child health to develop preventive health care, guidance for parents and family planning education and services.

 

 At five years old, Mercy was taken by her Aunty, Kumasa to assist in education but funds and job have ked to great poverty that threatens Mercy’s education. Mercy dropped out of schools many times and that there seem was no hope to join other children gain education. She was discovered by the registrar, she has been involved with street selling and there where the registrar met her and after interaction wills her, she was able to go with her to her home to meet with the Aunty to arrange her enrollment at the Carolyn A. Miller School. Mercy has been the bread winner for family she continues her selling after school in order to be able to get food for the family. She is a 4th grade and making a lot of effort but it is just difficult and challenging for her life as a young child. Mercy says that she wants to be a medical doctor and when she grows up to be able to help her community and Liberia.

 

We are grateful to our donors and Globalgiving that through their support Mercy and others can be able to get the educational benefit today. We want to continue to encourage you to please help us to continue your supports and donations so that many others kids will be supported like Mercy to meet their educational dream. We can never continue this project without your supports and donations therefore we ask that you please continue your help us to help these less fortunate in our community. It is our hope that one day you will make a decision to visit these kids to be able to interact with them directly to bale to understand their trauma that many of them are undergoing. You are really making a difference and together as a team we can do more.

Nov 19, 2015

The start of School after the Ebola

The Ebola epidemic created a great setback for students, teachers, support staff and the entire families of the Carolyn A Miller high school. After the Ebola epidemic the rainy season and the power storm that took place in Liberia removed the entire roof of the school building and made it difficult to have the school reopen. We have to take a quick decision to carry repair since the building owner was in the position to carry on repair or assist in that process. We spent over $6500.00 United States dollars to have the school restored; this actually affected the funds raised for the school textbook project. It was our plan and desire to purchase few textbooks to be able distribute to our students but a great need arrive therefore a quick decision has to be taking to arrest the situation on at the time. With continue occurrence of the it slowing our project a little especially where it has been difficult to meet our targeted funding for the textbook project but this has not deterred the efforts of the VAAFD team who have worked around the of clock using the limited resources to keep this project alive.

Many thanks to the efforts of donors and supporters of the textbook project your commitment to this project is highly appreciate; we have raised $2,935.12 towards full sets of West African curriculum textbooks for each classroom. This is sound that we are well on the way to giving each classroom and each teacher to be able to full access to the West African curriculum. We however got few copies of the books for teachers in the senior division since the students are getting prepared for the West Africa exams in line with other West African countries, thus raising the standard of academic achievement in Liberia.

Textbook is a great challenge to Liberia educational system therefore we want continue asking for your kind donation to enable us achieve the goal of this textbook project; when the targeted amount or even half that amount is raised it will help our school and the students be able to benefit from textbook that will help to raise the standard of academic achievement in our school and in Liberia as well.
We want to remain thankful to all of our friends, donors and supporters who have engaged with this project and donating funds. Every dollar / pound really makes a difference in the life of a child. We also want you to know it is your donation that is making this project possible without your donation this project will not move anywhere. Please feel free to inquire about anything has do your donation is benefiting those you continue to donate. Please remember that you are a shareholder in project therefore you have the right to ask and contribute to the effectiveness of this project if there is need and time site visitation will be appreciated.

We hope that this project (textbooks) will continue to be supported so that we can be provide to the school beneficiaries including teachers as well, Until then, we at VAAFD say that we appreciate you and we want you to remember that without donation we can continue this project.

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