Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

by Vision Awake Africa for Development

 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.

Since the invisible enemy Ebola attacked our nation Liberia and the two others Minor River countries, it has imposed a lot of challenges to all sectors of the three countries Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But Liberia brings the second poorest country in the world suffered the most because of the fragile health system, the Ebola nearly killed closed to 5000 persons in the country. The situation of this nation remains very much critical when it comes to education; over 80% percent of the entire population is illiterate. The Ebola epidemic has created a lot of setback to the educational system and affected our students as well. However, we continue to work and create the necessary opportunity help kids we serve. With the limited resources, we continue to provide the best to all of our students to acquire quality education. During the Ebola fight in Liberia, our organization played a major role in providing the awareness to communities to our students. Through a joint efforts from International organization and the ministry of health, we are the country is finally free from the Ebola.  

The Ebola epidemic had gone but a great set back to the students and the educational sector of Liberia. Schools got re-open in March and finally closed in July that which was a short time to operate school and students promoted to the next class. That wasn’t really an enough time to build capacity of students who have been sitting home for almost a year due to this Ebola epidemic. The minister of Education took a decision that all schools shut down and re-open in September to start as fresh but this statement was misunderstood by both parents and got the house of parliament involved. And they proposed that for that short period students should be promoted to the class accepts grade 9th and 12th base on that promotion has to take place.

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

 We have a week and couple days for school to reopen and our land lord rent has increased from $2700.00 to $3,000.00 imposing a kind of difficulties to us, we want ask for your continual support to this project our students got 7 pieces of computer tablets from Map Your World and these computer tablets will be used to undertake a project please help us support it.

Again, many thanks to you all who are supporting and we also want to thank Globalgiving for their support as well.

The students of the Carolyn A. Miller School have been supplied educational materials which include uniforms, notebooks and etc. The notebooks were designed with the student’s picture at the front. The Ebola epidemic affected a lot of homes, communities, families and the entire nation. Developing a notebook with the kids picture at the front is to create a kind of feeling or a picture in them that will make them have deep love and desire for education and also erase that picture of the Ebola epidemic. The kids were really affected during the present of Ebola in Liberia. Students in Liberia sat home for over six months without education, association or any form of learning. We are happy that Liberia is now Ebola free but we and the students remain careful and still following of the instruction given by the Ministry of Education and Health Ministry that have to do with the preventive methods.

The kids are happy to be supplied with the necessary educational materials; it has been a very difficult time for their parents and families to provide educational materials toward their education. After the Ebola life has become very hard and difficult for almost everyone in the country but we are proud that we have globalgiving and all of those who continue to support and donate to this project that is helping the less fortunate kids in Liberia. The school has a very limited resource but we continue to provide free and quality education to all less fortunate kids that walk to our school gate. We continue to be faced challenges operating this institution especially when it comes to the building we are using for the school. The building condition is bad we always tried to renovate but have inadequate resources to do so and we feel that it will good if we can able to construct our own school and move out. But again, we continue to be faced with numerous challenges that is , we do not have the resources to do that right now. The land that was purchased by one of our donors remains setting. We will appreciate if our donors and supporters can please start to look into that direction we start small and can finally complete it. There is really a need for us to work together and start the construction and be able to move to our own site.

Let me use this opportunity to thank all of our donors and supports for the excellent job well done, love, and support they continue to give these kids. We want to say thank you very much and we appreciate your support and we want to encourage you to continue to support us. Please feel free to contact us if you have any question and we will be happy to give you and feedback. Please we want you to know that without your support we cannot run a free school.

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 After months of fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia the reopening of schools were not setting but now as l look on the faces of the kids of Liberia and the Carolyn A. Miller’s School I see smarts. The children of Liberia have been out of school due to the Ebola epidemic but with the effort of the people of Liberia and the world now the story has changed.  Due to the great improvement in the fight of the Ebola epidemic the Government of Liberia and the Ministry of education have pronounced the re-opening of school is now schedule February 16-March 2, 2015. This pronouncement has been a good news to both parents and schools but there are still conditions that is, many parents feels that their children should be in school at the same time complaining of financial hardship as well as the fear of Epidemic not being total eradicated since Sierra and Guinea still have a lot of cases.

However, the Carolyn A. Miller School has been in a terrible condition since the epidemic, fund donated could not be received since there were some inconsistent, mistakes or human error with our account. We are happy that after five months we have finally received all of the donations that were made to our project and we have been able to settle our rent payment and the renovation work is ongoing now.  And we are working overtime to be able to meet up with the re-open date set by the government and the ministry of education. We want to be thankful to globalgiving and all of our donors for their support over the years; you are really making a difference and we are very much appreciative to you. Actually if it hasn’t been for your supports and donations, we couldn’t have being getting ready for school reopening this year. We are be very happy if we can hear from and how we can continue working together to provide the educational for these vulnerable kids of Liberia. Remember that the Ebola epidemic has a lot of challenges to the future of Liberia.

 

Dear Supporters of VAAFD,

We appreciate your support and generosity toward the future of the children and the people of Liberia. School should have reopen this gone September 2014 but due to the Ebola epidemic the government has closed down all learning institutions to avoid further spread of the virus to school going children. It is really a challenge in Liberia when it comes to the Ebola epidemic, thousands have died and new cases continue to rise on a daily bases. It really worry me especially the kids we deal with most of them strive to survive in term of food and other basic need.

There is no information as when we expect school reopening but it is our hope that we will all fight this Ebola and stop it spreading further so that these kids can return to school again be happy.

However, you may have been reading from the internet or media, Liberia is really experiencing a health crisis with the outbreak of this Ebola virus, which has caused all education establishments to close until the outbreak is dealt with.

Due to the closure of schools it has caused a lot of difficulties for our staff as well since are unable to continue paying them salaries. Our land-law is also requiring us to pay her since the rent is due. We paid the sum of $2,700.00 as a yearly rent the said amount due on the September 1st every year but there has delay in payment due to the crisis. The rain has caused serial damage to more of the building and it need renovation before the reopen of the school that we don’t know yet.

Our team has been strongly involved with the Ebola awareness in Liberia since this has become a major concern everyone. The Carolyn A Miller School and the VAAFD team have turned their energies towards fighting Ebola, teaching health education and disseminating supplies to clinic. Details of the new Ebola awareness project can be found here on Global Giving. 

We are still be seeking donations for the school supplies, medical supplies and our school textbook project.

It is our hope that within couple of months the situation in Liberia and West Africa will chance and our kids will happily return to school. Please continue to support this project without you donation we cannot continue to run this project.

  May God bless you all

 

 Karrus

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Organization Information

Vision Awake Africa for Development

Location: 1001 Monrovia 10, NA - Liberia
Website: http:/​/​www.vaafd.org
Project Leader:
Karrus Hayes
1001 Monrovia 10, NA Liberia