Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

by Vision Awake Africa for Development

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.


 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




End of semester party
End of semester party

It's been an exciting end of term this year at Carolyn A Miller High School, with new projects being developed, visitors from the UK coming to stay, and the usual array of end of term activities. 

Hannah Garrard, who first volunteered at the project in 2006, came for ten days in June to catch up on all that's happening in the school and Liberia. Her youth group in Norfolk, England recently Skyped with CAMHS students, and both sets of young people enjoyed making links across the globe. With Internet connections being sketchy in Liberia, it was great that the school were able to pull it off! CAMHS students have also been writing penpal letters to Tower Bridge Primary school, and are working on uploading the letters onto their website. 

Hannah was treated to a true Liberian style farewell, where students volunteered to treat her to some free-style dancing. The teachers and parents also made her a beautiful shirt in the CAMHS colours. 

This years' end of semester quiz saw both teams battling head to head for the grand prize, and the compares were especially charismatic this year. It was a close run in the end, but both teams proved how much they have learned and absorbed over the year. 

This years' Queen is an 8th grade student and she looked stunning in red velvet. Her teacher, Eugine, handed over the crown from last years' Queen and the school erupted into applause. It was a wonderful atmosphere on the last day of semseter. 

It's all go this week for the WAEC exams, and students have been busy revising at school. Now that the monsoon has come, it really shows how desperate the school is in need of repairs. There's rain coming through the upper level, but this doesn't put students off from working hard.

School textbooks and uniforms are the priorities at the moment, and with the school's volunteers, Karrus Hayes is developing new projects that will help provide these materials free for Liberia's poorest students.

Thanks to all the efforts of of our donors and fundraisers over the last few weeks. A sponsored walk event in the UK with North Norfolk Youth Hubs, is taking place on 28th June, so we're looking forward to developing a bigger presence and awareness in England thanks to the youth groups over there. Global Giving UK matching day is 25th June, and 16th July in the USA. So if you plan to give, then either of these days will help double the money you choose to donate. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported VAAFD so far, you are helping create opportunities for Liberia's poorest young people. 


 The VAAFD team 

Hannah receiving her leaving gift
Hannah receiving her leaving gift
Quiz team
Quiz team
Hannah and the tenth grade chemistry class
Hannah and the tenth grade chemistry class




Hello supporters, sponsors and donors, you have really been amazing with your supports and we really appreciate you for all of your efforts. If it has not been for you, if it would have been a very difficult situation for us to continue this project because this project does not have any support or source of income from anywhere but rather from your donation.  We know that the whole world continue to get tough since the world is economic continue to get so bad. I sometime feel like giving up especially when there is no donation to this project that can meet our project goal but the commitment of some few donors and supporters give me the hope and strength.

The kids and teachers at the Carolyn A. Miller School have placed their whole hope in me thinking that I have the power to request on their behalf and it works. I tried to keep their hope but the number of donors we had over the years have reduced and this is really affecting the progress of the school. One of our donors is so amazing and she was able to purchased two acres of land for the school some years ago and we have been anticipating that everyone could see this as an opportunity to give their support for us to be able to construct our own building but right, now donation right only couple of our supports and sponsors still committed. We see renting to be a difficult situation for us right now therefore investing the development of our own school will really help reduce some major expense.

We continue to work with the kids and continue to develop their hope because these kids are the leaders of Liberia and the world.  There is a lot of work to be done; the present building we are using is not in a good condition therefore we are considering renovation so till we can get the support to build. Right now our students are feeling bad because their building is not in good condition and the owner of the building is very old and she does not have the finances to renovate it, we are considering to undertake the renovation and that will be spread over the number of years we are going to spent, we will appreciate any support that will help us make this building dream a reality that the kids will have better place for their learning.

It was an amazing event on the Carolyn A. Miller school Campus in the month of April when the students decided to have sporting activities for a week and this was really interesting in that every class wanted to carry the trophy that was put up by the institution but only one class could be the winner and that class was the grade 11th soccer class.

 We want to say many thanks to all of our committed sponsors and donors who continue to give their love to these kids. Your donation is so important to these kids and our project. If has been for you, there couldn’t be any school called Carolyn A. Miller that is providing free and quality education to the less fortunate kid of Liberia and the world. We want to believe that we can make a better if just we can work as a team.

 Thank you again and we really need your support to enable us continue this project, kindly invite your friends and relative to give their support.


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Vision Awake Africa for Development

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

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