Education
 Liberia
Project #10819

A school in Liberia for children living in poverty

by Smile Liberia International, Inc.

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
Happy children at Children Hope Community School
Happy children at Children Hope Community School

Some Bad and Good News...

First the Bad News 

For a very long time our kids at Children Hope Community School (West Point, Monrovia) have had to walk up to a mile to use the nearest public toilet. Another sad reality is that they had to share toilets with almost the entire community. Not only is this sad but it also poses some serious health risks to the children.

Now the Good News! 

In the near future, our kids will not have to experience this deplorable toilet situation. We are currently undertaking a mini-project to build a 2-room flush toilet for the boys and girls at Children Hope Community School. This toilet will be conveniently located in the school’s vicinity and will be accessible for only the students and faculty.  This is a huge need at Children Hope and the effort has been highly applauded by the children and the entire West Point community.

 Mini Project Status:

 We have raised 60% of the funds needed to construct the toilet and will initiate the project when we reach 80%.

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Organization Information

Smile Liberia International, Inc.

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