Education
 Liberia
Project #10819

A school in Liberia for children living in poverty

by Smile Liberia International, Inc.
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Reading Room provided by Smile Liberia
Reading Room provided by Smile Liberia

Last month Smile Liberia donated a reading room to the Deki Early Learning Foundation, one of our beneficiary schools in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. The room will be used as both a mini library and a literacy development center for the impoverish elementary school of approximately 100 boys and girls.

Smile Liberia provided children reading materials for various grade levels from K - 5th grade, as well as bookshelves, tables, and chairs. The Deki reading room is the first of Smile Liberia's plan to provide a reading room for each of its beneficiary school. 

All funds and reading materials were made possible by loyal supporters like you!

Shelves and chairs for the reading room
Shelves and chairs for the reading room
Deki
Deki's proprietor helps prepare the reading room

Over the summer, we got busy collecting school supplies and sanitary items for the kids we support in Liberia. We are happy to report that the supplies made it safely to Liberia and the team distributed them to six schools in impoverished communities. Most amazingly, the team had to travel across the St. John River, via canoe, to distribute supplies to our newest beneficiary school, the Edina Public School. Edina is a small rural town located outside of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County in Liberia. 

We want to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who continues to support the cause and our goal of building a school for children living in poverty.

Edina Public School
Edina Public School
The team crossing the St. John Tiver
The team crossing the St. John Tiver
Made it safely across!
Made it safely across!

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Supplies ready to be shipped
Supplies ready to be shipped

After several very successful supplies drives, we shipped a consignment of school supplies and sanitary items to Liberia on May 25th. The supplies have arrived in Liberia safely and will be distributed among school children in need, especially children that were impacted by Ebola. Some of the items collected included, notebooks, pens/pencils, backpacks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soaps, deodorants, and toiletries.

Most of the items collected was made possible by employees of UTC Aerospace Systems, in Charlotte, NC, after a week long drive hosted by the African American Forum (AAF) group. We also want to thank all our supporters and volunteers for making this initiative a success and for the continued support. 

UTAS AAF members, after a successful drive
UTAS AAF members, after a successful drive
School children in West Point, Monrovia
School children in West Point, Monrovia

After more than 6 months of schools closure caused by devastation of the Ebola virus crisis, school children have finally begun returning to school!

What does this mean to us?

During the heat of the Ebola virus outbreak all of our projects and activities in Liberia were put on hold. We immediately turned to supporting Ebola victims and survivors.  Smile Liberia can now return to providing much needed educational support to children in need. Already, we have partnered with several organizations that are helping to collect school supplies and sanitary items for children and schools benefiting from our programs.

Thanks for your continual support! 

Ebola Response
Ebola Response

We know you miss hearing from us and we apologize!

During our few months of silence, we have been busy trying to play our part in the fight against Ebola. So far, we have made a $1,000 cash contribution to local groups that provide food, water, and other incentives to victims at Ebola holding centers in Liberia. Also, we worked with MedShare and the local Liberian Community Association in Charlotte last month to send 100 boxes of medical supplies and PPEs, as well as assorted antiseptics and disinfectants to Liberia.

We have also established 2 initiatives in Liberia to help in post Ebola crises. The Ebola Survivor Reintegration Program will work with Ebola survivors returning to their communities. Since most of the survivors have either been stigmatized or lost everything they had, we will help provide care packages (food, clothing, etc.) and basic social counseling for them.  Our second initiative is the Kids Pre-school Preparation Program.

Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Liberia. The Kids Pre-school Preparation Program aims to provide in-home basic math and reading assistance to school-aged children in communities badly hit by Ebola. We believe this initiative will help keep the children engaged with learning while they wait for the reopening of schools.

As we eagerly await the complete containment and eradication of Ebola, we will continue to do everything we can to help in the process.  Finally, we will be remiss not to thank you for all the support you have provided. It was through your generous giving that we were able to respond to the Ebola crisis, and will continue to provide support for communities affected.      

Ebola Response
Ebola Response
Ebola Response
Ebola Response
 

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Smile Liberia International, Inc.

Location: Charlotte, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.smileliberia.org
Project Leader:
William Ward
Charlotte, North Carolina United States

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