Educate Repatriated Refugee Children in Liberia

by Vision Awake Africa for Development

We want are so grateful to Globalgiving and all of our donors and supporters for making a difference for these poor kids in this part of our world. Thank you so much for all of the donations you made in 2013 we are appreciates your efforts and love. We highly appreciate your love, concern and support these kids wouldn’t have had gotten the taste of education, but with your support, they can be assure of better future.

 I would like to say that Poverty, being underprivileged and living in this part of world cannot define our kids and youth because they possess skills, talents; abilities, desire and willingness to change the circumstances they see around them. All they need is guidance, opportunities, self-esteem and a winning attitude to propel them to greater heights. You are making a great sacrifice to see these kids to have a future. 

  I have come to realize that to define people by their conditions rather than their abilities is dehumanizing. When you look past the poverty, you see abilities, resources and desires. The poor are extremely hard-working and entrepreneurial – they must be just to survive. They don’t want or need to be rescued.

 They want an opportunity to create a better life for their families and I can that you are creating that opportunity for the underprivileged in this part of our world. With your continued help, we will be able to have an even bigger impact in Liberia and you will ever be remember and we will be sending you regular reports about our work so you will know what your donations are helping to fund and the accomplishment we are achieving and what our current needs are. The major project we want to focus on for this year is the construction of our school this will give opportunity to get many from the street and secure their future with the present opportunity.

We have entered another school year and we and to extend our greetings to you all as you continue to show us all of the love. We think it is very important to extend our greetings and appreciation to you all. CAMES has been able to survive over the years because of your kind hearts toward the deprived children of Liberia and the great contribution you are making to support these kids. In fact, there couldn’t be any free school for the kids if you had not shown your love and kindness to them by contributing and even coming to work as well. Right now the only means survival of the school in Liberia is a donation that is done through GlobalGiving. To have the school information be hosted on the GlobalGiving website, it is such a blessing. Your donation over the year had been a really blessing you these needy kids and VAAFD in Liberia

Unfortunately, it has been hard for the survival of the school in Liberia since we are not receiving donation from any other group or individual. We currently we want to build our own structure but it again, it require a lot of funding and we are not receiving donations as it at the beginning. It has really been difficult connecting with new donors or to get back those old donors who supported us from the beginning.

But not with standing, we have had couple of donors who have really been committed over the years and they are doing the best to have this program survive. We just received books, school supplies and Zebra Plastic machine from one of our donors and she has really been there for the kids and the school we really appreciate her.

 You can help us in a big way at the end of the year! GlobalGiving is will be organization the some matching days that will help us. They will be matching at 50% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving is always offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!

We are again asking to enable us to compensate our teacher's to start our school project so that we will leave the rented building. We will welcome family who can help us build a classroom and then we can place that family name on that classroom. If you are interest in Library and you can organize to build it, we can place the name of you or your family as an honor.  You can organize your friends and relatives I know we are a good team that never fails. We can make it, we make the difference! If we were successful in the refugee camp, how about Liberia? Please lets work together for the deprived in our society. Our new project cost is $250,000.00 but any amount you contribute it will reduce that and of course everyone donation can reach us to that amount.

I am greatly hoping on you and I know we will make it together.

The Carolyn A. Miller High School yesterday had it 4th graduation, graduating 40 students from high school. This was an amazing occasion, there many parents drumming, dancing and glorifying God and appreciating the school management and all those who stand in supporting this vision. Yes, have a reason to thank God and all those have made possible for children to acquire high school education. The school yes started in September 2012 and ended July 2013. The school enrolment this gone school 600 students from K-II to 12th grade, and we grateful that we had a successful school year again. The kids at the Carolyn A. Miller School had the opportunity to interact students of the Laurence High School in California, and this was very interesting in that the two schools were able to exchanged Pen Pal letters as well as autobiography. It has really been a great experience for our students to be able learn about other kids and as well as culture. The family of Laurence high school is so impress by this interaction and hoping that is can cover the whole students' community.

We want to say a special thanks to the GlobalGiving family and all of our supporters, donors and friends who are making all of the sacrifices with their resources to support this project and playing a major role in the reconstruction of Liberia. It was very difficult for donations coming for the past school year but we want to remain grateful to all those who have remained committed to supporting this project. We also want to encourage all those who have stop supporting this project to please recommit themselves to this noble work have all started and we will all someday appreciate the work of our hands. We appreciate your kindness and we want you to understand that without your resources we cannot have a successful project, free education and feeding program for these less fortunate kids in our world. We will highly appreciate your suggestions, ideas and total involvement in this project since you are a major partner. In remembrance of all the gifts we have received last academic school year, on behalf of our students, staff and the entire institution, we want to say thank you for your involvement by supporting this cause and this organization. Thank you for investing in the future of needy and the vulnerable kids of Liberia and Africa.

The kids enjoy free and quality education because of your tireless efforts. Without your support there can be no free school for the kids. We have set a goal to help support these kids in their struggle for their education and a brighter future and with all of the promises we have made, it is rested on your supports and donations. We therefore need your help! You are very special because you are making a difference. Without you, this project could not exist; therefore you are so exceptional to the future of these kids and to all of us. We are also asking each of you could if you could commit to recurring donation this 2012/2013 school year, which will be highly appreciated. As much as the financial aspect of this project is very important to us; we also take into consideration your ideas, your participation as well as your total involvement. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas, questions and feel as major a player of this noble project so that you can know how your resources have really been managed. We also need you for decision making since you are a shareholder in this project. The survival of this project is 100% dependent on you. Without your donation we will have no means to run a free school for these kids. Our rent for 2012/2013 school year expire on October 31, 2013 and we will need to pay another $2700.00 as a rent for the next academic year we are therefore asking you again to kindly help us have this settle. If we are unable to settle this by September 1, 2012 we will not be allow to run school in this building. The two acres of land purchased for the school last year is still here and the design has been finally developed in the US by Joe Morris in California and very soon we will be sending the copy of the project interested people can be a help to this project the total project cost is $250,000.00 and we are hoping to get the support to enable us have it develop to those kids who are in need. Thank you so much for supporting us and your commitment to this project to the Liberian kids. We highly appreciate all of kindness and the love you continue to show. We want to say thank you, and you are good team players, as you keep us in your loving heart. We want to hear from your views and ideas as we build a team and a network with VAAFD and Carolyn A. Miller School in helping the poor kids of Liberia.



Once again it was an interesting sporting event at the Carolyn A. Miller High School this activity was organized by the sport director Mr. Sylvester Walatee as part of school year Calendar. This was one of interesting event that kids really enjoyed. There were nine classes participating this activity which included 4th and up to 12th every classes drew their and the games was really interesting in the elementary section could win a match. Sylvester said that he has prepared the team but not limiting to a particular but almost all of the section of the school is capable playing any outside team and win. The grade 4th girls were determine to win the girls games trophy and they came so closed by winning grade 8th but they were little defeated by grade 9th girls. Baseball is a special sport created in Liberia called but not the American type of baseball. The Liberia baseball one has to kick the ball and run on the base almost like the American one.  There was only one trophy for each sex and only the best team could win each of these trophies.  Due to the important Sylvester attached to this activity, the whole community was there to watch the kids of Carolyn A. Miller High School.  The girls 5th girls also defeated the 11th grade girls. But the trophy was won by grade 7th girls after they defeated grade 11th.  Grade 9th and 11th met in the final of the soccer match, and grade 9th   was defeated by grade 11th. So, our champ for the year is 11th grade in soccer. All the games ended successfully and there was no report of any student getting hurt peaceful and the students really enjoyed.  With all the activities going on the school is still a great need of support and we want say thank you very much for the support you have given over the years and still need your support with you we cannot have a successful school for the kids.

Indeed it was a painful death that those kids when through in Connecticut. Those that were killed could have been the next world leaders, inventors, medical doctors and scientists but the evil one did not allow them to grow and achieve their potentials. We as Liberian understand and know how painful it is to kill someone with gun especially kids. We went through it for 14 years so we know the pain and grieve. Been that we have had strong tie with the state of Connecticut, we the Carolyn A. Miller School family identified with the people of Connecticut and the people of America. Twenty (20) school kids were chosen from the Carolyn A. Miller School in Monrovia to mention the names and lay a flower to of the kids that were killed in NewTown Connecticut USA. And after that each child shook the hand of the US ambassador. The students and teachers of the Carolyn A. Miller School were received by the United States Ambassador at the US Embassy in Monrovia who gave a very short speech.

This Condolences Program held at the USA Embassy in Monrovia for the untimely death of students and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. Organized by NewSight Eye Center ( Robert F. Dolo) & The Carolyn A. Miller School ( Karrus Hayes). The program lasted for 30 minutes and this is how the names of kids were arranged below. Student Francess Komoyan gave a speech on behalf of the students and Philemana Tolbert gave a speech on behalf of the school. Please work to safe the kids of this world from danger.

List of Children     

Sympathizers                                                                               deceased

  1.  Ezekiel Tamba                                                                        Charlotte Bacon
  2.  Dorcas Felker                                                                         Daniel Barden
  3. Royechell Pitman                                                                    Olivia Engel
  4. Princess Mentoe                                                                      Josephine Gay
  5. Anthony Howe                                                                       Ana M. Marquez-Greene
  6. Eddie Logan                                                                           Dylan Hockley
  7. Robert Gbogar                                                                                    Madeleine F. Hsu
  8. Catherine Zaza                                                                        Catherine V. Hubbard
  9. Prince Komoyan                                                                     Chase Kowalski
  10. Christiana Diggs                                                                     Jesse Lewis
  11. Korpo Howard                                                                                    James Mattioli
  12. Jerry Sumo                                                                              Grace McDonnell
  13. Nula Flomo                                                                             Emilie Parker
  14. Francess Komoyan                                                                  Jack Pinto
  15. Meckie Davis                                                                          Noah Pozner
  16. Joseph Zaza                                                                             Caroline Previdi
  17. Amie Kamando                                                                       Jessica Rekos
  18. Nyamah Sunday                                                                     Aveille Richman
  19. Naomi Diggs                                                                           Benjamin Wheeler
  20. Norah Veah                                                                             Allison N. Wyatt


Condolence speech

We are grieving with the people of The United States of America especially those in Newtown

This is because of our specially relationship with the people of Newtown, Connecticut Karen King, Rotary Club of Newtown and Unit For Sight.

The people of Newtown are now family to us in Liberia through the Carolyn A. Millar & New Sight Eye Center.

This relationship goes back as far as 2007 when we were in exile Accra, Ghana. Individuals in New Town have been very supportive to Liberians. They have been the back bone to all our establishments both during the time of exile and in Liberia. To name few:

  1. Pen pal programs between the Reed intermediate and Carolyn A. Miller School
  2. Supplies of school materials
  3. Transportation of school and teachers belonging from Accra to Monrovia
  4. School and Eye clinic establishment in Liberia
  5. Restoration of sight in Liberia and many others

In View of this strong tide between the two communities, we believe it will be convenient to symbolically express our deepest regret and sympathy in this manner to let our brothers and sisters in Connecticut and the United States of America to know that we share their sorrow. We also like to join our President Mama Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in expressing condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America. We strongly condemned such horrible act and join the many calls to tighten the measures on arm control to prevent recurrence. Indeed, out children are the future generation and such an untimely dead will put fear in teachers and students.

Please accept our condolences!!!.

We want to appreciate the globalgiving family and all donors for their continuous support and we want to say that without you we can never continue this project.  There is a great need toward the school having now own building. We received some money from one of our special donor and we working to have this project get stated. You can donate to build a class room that you name can printed on as your contribution.  Thank you so much for your support and ask that you please continue this work  and relationship you have built over the year.



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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
$131,222 raised of $220,000 goal
620 donations
$88,778 to go
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