Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

by Vision Awake Africa for Development
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Marthaline is 7 years old; she joined our school in 2015, in the Nursery. She is now in the K-I and she always has the highest mark in her class.  Marthaline lives with her grandmother Mary in the Omega area community where the United States Government had her Omega Navigation Station Tower for many years that is about 15 minutes drive from the Carolyn A. Miller School. Her mother is a farmer who lives in Tappita Nimba Country, Northern Liberia.

Marthaline is a very smart kind and desire education the most, before the end of the school year 2016 one of our Board members Francis visited the school and he brought gifts for students who were doing well the in their lessons as mean of motivation, after the distribution, Marthaline walked to him and said  “I want you support me”.  After their conversation, Francis called me to know who the child was and I never had full details on her but I got to her teacher and helped me to learn more about marthaline. I asked Marthaline what you want Francis to support you for? She said “I want to be educated; my mother did not go to school and I see our president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is strong because she is educated” that was really amazing for me to hear such a young child mentioned their desire for education and not candy.  Our registrar visited Marthaline’s house where she met the grandmother and her cousins that also live with the grandmother. The grandmother said that marthaline has lived with her since she was three years of age and she has seen her mother only once in her life time since she lived very far from where Marthaline lives.  We want to thank Francis for pledging his support for this child education and also we to want use this opportunity to thank the Globalgiving team and all of our supporters and donors for their numerous supports they continue to give the children of Liberia and the world. We may like to talk about other reports but the details with come in our next report. Our 9th and 12th grades will be sitting for the West Africa Examination in May 2017, thank you so much for being there for them.

We are proud of you, you are making a difference.

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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On Sunday July 30th 2016 marked the 7th graduation ceremony of the Carolyn A. Miller High School in Paynesville Liberia. The school graduated 60 students that sat the West Africa Examination Council.  We are to our supporters, friends and donors who provided funding for the school year.  After the Ebola crisis in Liberia it was challenging to begin again since there were fears for many students to return to school but we used that opportunity and moved in communities to have parents encourage to allow their kids come back to school it was difficult for many parent to when we started but after the school went on for so time, students started coming in their numbers.  We are happy that we had a successful year school and we were able to graduate 60 students that is a great contribution to the human resources of Liberia.  

We are happy that we continue to get support from committed donors, supporters, friends and globalgiving who continue to advertise our organization and the work we continue to do in this part of the globe. 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 so we are also thankful to all of our team members.

We are always grateful to our donors and Globalgiving through the support they continue to give us, there is a great impart made in the lives of hundreds of kids through educational benefit. We want to encourage all of our supporters, donors and friend to continue to support this cause. The school year is over but the news school year is about to start in September and our school is lack seat for students most of the chairs have damaged. Please help donate for us buy chair chairs and desk for the school. Your support to this project it highly appreciated since it continues to develop the lives of hundreds of less fortunate kids in our community. It is our hope that one day you will make a decision to visit our project site so that you can be able to have direct continued with these kids. Thank you so much for the support you are making a difference and together as a team, we can achieve much.

We want to use this opportunity to thank all of supporters and donors for their generosity; we appreciate your kindness and we want to let you know that without you there will be no free education for the forgotten children of Liberia.

I also want to inform you that our rent payment is no longer September we have signed a new lease agreement with our land lord and payment is now January each year. The most needed materials we need for the school are desk and chair and each will cost $20.00 and we need 300 pieces to enable our students to have seat to learn.

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.

 

 

It’s been an interesting and an exciting movement as the4th period draws near at Carolyn A Miller High School, with sporting, quizzing and senior students’ preparation for the West Africa examination. Our students have tried to test their skills and talents as well as their academic performance by inviting others institutions to engage in them in series of activities.

Since the strike of the Ebola Epidemic came to an end, the students and staff of CAMHS have been gradually recovering from the post traumatic event that led thousands of people dead. Our students have finally put the fear of Ebola at their back but remain vigilant and maintaining all the basic rules set by the ministry of Health and social welfare that which include the washing of hands and etc! CAMHS students have organized sporting activities, including quizzing with other schools in the Paynesville area. 

Last Friday the students at CAMHS defeated Paynesville Central Academic in both quizzing and soccer. It was an interesting event to watch our students worked very hard to defeat PCA which is one of the leading high schools in the Paynesville belt. The quizzing was very challenging but our students proved to the audience that big name could not win them on their own school ground.

The audiences saw both teams battling neck to neck for a final win especially were PCA wanted to continue to defend their championship and CAMHS wanted to make history. However, CAMHS defeated PCA with 10 points to take the day that which brought the race to an end.


After few hours, the kick off of the sporting activities which was comprised of football and kickball, the kickball game was first played since it is always played by females. PCA’s students took the day by defeating our students with 6 points differ. The football game proved difference result the students of ‘CAMHS play a fantastic football and the game was very beautiful, the first half ended without goal; after the both teams had missed so many scoring opportunities, CAMHS made used of one brilliant ball that gave them their winning goal in the first 15 minutes and that created a wonderful atmosphere and beautiful on the field. 

The grade students are now getting prepares for the WAEC exams, and students have been busy revising all of what they have done at school for the past three years. They have been working very hard studying to be able to get better grade or make a pass in the exam.  Luckily for them, one of our alumina from Ghana who is now in the teacher training college  (KLTTI) is spending most of his time to provide tutorial. There had been some challenges to overcome especially when it comes to educational materials, Liberia as  a nation students do not have the opportunity other students have in other countries. Our students are really struggling to meet up with these challenges but it is hope and desire that we will overcome this situation.


Our school textbooks project has been very slow to achieve our goal but not withstanding, we continue to work, seek and get some basic educational materials supply to our students to able them do their assignments and other school work. It has actually been challenging but we continue to work and provide materials free for Liberia's poorest students. We again have a very challenge that is facing the school, seating capacity is now a major problem for the school the chairs and desks we purchased couple of years most of them are damaged and need there a need for replacement to enable our students to better seat to sit.

Thanks to all the efforts of our donors and fundraisers over the last couple of years especially during the Ebola crisis. When Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone suffered during the heat of that deadly virus that took the lives of over 4800 Liberian, you really shared our pains. We highly appreciate all of the efforts you continue to make and as present. Matching day is almost at hand at globalgiving and we thinking this  could be a great opportunity for our students to some of their need since all donations can be matched by globalgiving.
Thanks to everyone who has supported VAAFD so far, you are helping create opportunities for Liberia's poorest youth and young people and we cannot be successful without your contribution and support. 

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 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.

 

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Vision Awake Africa for Development

Location: 1001 Monrovia 10, NA - Liberia
Website: http:/​/​www.vaafd.com
Project Leader:
Karrus Hayes
1001 Monrovia 10, NA Liberia
$131,682 raised of $220,000 goal
 
624 donations
$88,318 to go
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