COVID-19 has had a disruptive impact on all our current projects in Liberia. The national state of emergency has made it impossible us to do anything but very limited useful activities. Everything is now in a holding pattern and we are in a state of limbo with our social enterprise.
We have decided to suspend our projects and all our work in Liberia until it is safe and economically feasible to begin again.
Thank you so much for your generous support in the past and we hope that when conditions improve that we can move forward together again.
Wishing all of you safety during this COVID-19 period as we pray and work toward its end sooner rather than later.
Since our last report in January and our invitation to you to be part of our new initiative, 100 for 100 Solar Home Kits, very little progress has taken place in terms of raising the needed funds to undertake this project. As a result of the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to predict what the future holds for our ongoing work in Liberia.
We will continue to monitor the situation in the future after this virus has subsided or been eliminated from all of our lives and we're able to assess the ramification and impact it will have on our operations.
Best regards to all and keep safe in the wake of this pandemic.
By Nancy Moore | Board Member, Village Improvement Project
During our First Annual Fundraising Event on November 16, the Board launched a new initiative to supply rural homes in Liberia with solar home kits to replace solar lanterns. Through site visits over the years, we observed that some of the cables linking the portable solar lanterns to the panels were breaking due to frequent use. Hence, an upgrade to a more reliable technology system is necessary.
We invite you to be part of our new initiative, 100 for 100 Solar Home Kits. As you may already know, lighting homes with kerosene and flashlights is the largest single expense for villagers in rural Liberia. The smartest way to control that expense is to stop buying kerosene and batteries. Village Improvement Project is asking you to make available 100 home solar kits to help provide years of zero-cost clean renewable energy for families in rural Liberia where children can have bright and safe lighting to study at night and families can extend their activities into the night.
A home solar kit comes with four light sources with three levels of brightness including a solar panel and a control box that charges devices and plays music. You can brighten so many lives by donating toward a whole-home solar kit for a family living off the electricity grid in rural Liberia. Your continuing support of VIP, Inc. is helping to "light the night and illuminate Liberia" one village at a time. The cost of a kit is $150. Please donate a kit for a family.
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