Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE

by Restore Hope: Liberia
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Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE
Give Liberian Children Healthcare, Education, HOPE

As a supporter of Restore Hope, you give Liberian children healthcare, education and hope.

Here is how your support fueled our healthcare efforts in Liberia:

  • A staff nurse continues to make quarterly home visits to the children in the program and distributes essential medicines as needed. 
  • Hygiene materials have been distributed to all households to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Twelve active peer health counselors have been holding sessions monthly in schools, impacting 1,575 children this fiscal year
  • Nutrition shifted from $20 monthly cash disbursements to households to investing in agriculture projects as a sustainability strategy. This shift is well received by the community and prospects for grant support are likely (versus no grant support for cash disbursements).

Here is how your support fueled education for children:

  • 86 students enrolled in schools throughout the district. 96% of students passed their grades last year!
  • The Restore Hope: Liberia Library has been renovated and a part-time Librarian from Kolahun has been employed to assist visitors.
  • The scholarship program is ongoing. 17 of the 18 students are enrolled, 1 left school due to illness. 9 of the 18 were Restore Hope: Liberia beneficiaries, others are from the broader community.

84% of Liberians live in extreme poverty and over 50% of the population is under the age of 18.  Providing healthcare and education to children is fundamental to overcoming poverty.  Disadvantaged children-orphaned, disabled, chronically ill are more likely to escape poverty if they are healthy and educated.

Hope, then, lies in you. When you make a donation to Restore Hope as you have done, you are moving the mission forward. As you can see, your donation has been put to action. When you underwrite these efforts, you are giving children the childhood they deserve. You are addressing the problems facing the children in Kolahun with long-term, sustainable solutions.

Thank you, again, for your support. The more we work together, the happier will all shall be: The More We Are Together! - YouTube

Sincerely,

Saundra Williams, Executive Director

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RHL Kolahun Library_1
RHL Kolahun Library_1

Dear Friend of RHL,

We are delighted to reveal the newly refurbished community library in Kolahun! Thanks to the vision and effort of Brenna Blazis, former Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, who spent many hours turning the library space into a vibrant, welcoming, organized place of learning. 

Your donations helped with materials and labor for electrical wiring, building bookshelves, and painting.

This library is set up at RHL’s Vocational Education and Training Center in Kolahun. It’s entirely free for anyone in the Kolahun area to use.

As we move forward, we look forward to funding a librarian in Kolahun who can maximize its use.

The vibrancy of the room is in stark contrast to often barren school rooms. We hope this community library sparks curiosity and a lifelong love of reading.

Thank you for joining RHL in encouraging the children of Kolahun.

With gratitude,

Saundra

RHL Kolahun Library_2
RHL Kolahun Library_2
RHL Students Reading
RHL Students Reading
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RHL Student
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RHL Scholarship Recipients w/ Scholarship Committe
RHL Scholarship Recipients w/ Scholarship Committe

Dear Friends of RHL,

We have exciting developments to share! Thanks to your support 18 students, who’ve either been RHL beneficiaries or who are now receiving an RHL scholarship, have graduated high school and are starting college at the local community college! 

Graduating high school in itself is an enormous accomplishment in Liberia. Nationwide, 48% of 15-24 year olds have not completed primary education (EPDC).

Of the 18 students, 8 are young women beating the odds. In Liberia, less than half of girls finish primary school. And at any time, 1 in 3 girls become pregnant, resulting in school drop outs (UNICEF).

These 18 students have worked hard to overcome the numerous challenges that poverty imposes and they are well on their way to a brighter future.

With YOUR support, we’ve ensured that RHL beneficiaries stay enrolled in school. We pay their school fees and provide uniforms and supplies. We’ve provided after-school tutoring to ensure that students have the academic support they need. Now they’re off to college!

Congratulations Anna, Alfred, Amara, Arena, Bendu, Bezalee, Elizabeth, Fatorma, Fayiah, Henry, Jerry, Karen, Kebeh, Margret, Marian, Mohammed, Princess, and Varney!

From all of us at Restore Hope, THANK YOU for contributing to their future.

With gratitude,

Saundra

Alfred F., RHL beneficiary & Scholarship recipient
Alfred F., RHL beneficiary & Scholarship recipient
Scholarship Committee w/students
Scholarship Committee w/students
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Tutor teaching Reading

Dear Friend of Restore Hope: Liberia,

Your donation over the past three months helped enroll the children RHL supports in primary and secondary school, paying their school fees and providing required school supplies. The Liberian government re-opened schools in December after closures due to COVID-19. RHL promptly re-enrolled all students. During the school closures there were no other learning options available, aside from RHL tutors visiting each child at home on a monthly basis to practice reading and provide books. No on-line learning or socially distanced learning was available. This is the second school closure the students have experience with schools closed for almost two years during the Ebola outbreak from 2014-2016. RHL is committed to ensuring that these children have access to education and your dollars go directly to that effort.

RHL's Mental Health program continues with the Interpersonal Group Therapy training to treat clinically depressed women. All 10 trainees have just completed a 12 week counseling with their first patient. They are already seeing how remarkably effective this intervention is in treating depression. They are now screening women to recruit into their first supervised group sessions. 

The Women's Weaving cooperative RHL supports has reconvened over the past three months after the extended COVID-related shut down, preventing them to gather together. Due to the interruption, they are re-starting the third apprenticeship with 12 women who are eager to learn this traditional craft and gain the opportunity to generate income from their products.

Thank you for your generosity during these challenging times. Know that we stretch every dollar. RHL, and the people of Kolahun, are very grateful for your gift.

Thank you,

Saundra

Tutoring @ VET Center
Tutoring @ VET Center
RHL Children
RHL Children
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Women weaving
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Tutor reading with child while schools are closed
Tutor reading with child while schools are closed

Dear Friends of RHL,

While we are grateful that COVID has not ravaged Liberia as feared, we remain vigilant and continue to lead community efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

The pandemic has caused unique and multiple challenges as we've continued our work to support vulnerable children and their households. Our staff has done admirably in spite of the numerous difficulties they face in their day to day activities.

RHL tutors have been visiting children at their homes, practicing reading and providing learning materials, while schools remain closed. It is projected that the drop out rate for Liberian children, and girls especially, will increase significantly after this period of school closures. We are working diligently to ensure that this is not the case for the children we support. Presently, schools are planning to reopen in December and we are working to ensure the children are ready to resume classes.

We have just launched our newest project: mental health and women's empowerment. We have long recognized the need for mental health support due to the compounded trauma Liberians have experienced from the war years, the Ebola epidemic, and the hardships of poverty. The goal of the project is to treat depression in women, which will positively impact not only their wellbeing, but their children's as well. Stay tuned for more information about this project.

Thank you for your support and generosity. Your donation has improved the quality of life of vulernable children in an often neglected community. Each dollar makes a huge difference. Thank you for investing in the future of these children.

Sincerely,

Saundra

Reading time: tutors visit children at their home
Reading time: tutors visit children at their home
RHL Health Coordinator sharing health information
RHL Health Coordinator sharing health information
RHL supporting COVID prevention efforts
RHL supporting COVID prevention efforts

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Restore Hope: Liberia

Location: Monrovia - Liberia
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Project Leader:
Saundra Williams
Monrovia, Liberia
$11,380 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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