BENEFITING: MADE IN LIBERIA INC
In 2009 I visited Liberia for the first time. Chid Liberty took me to visit many areas and towns, but the one that stands out the most is a place called West Point. In West Point, there is no running water, no electricity and extreme poverty.
During my second visit in 2010, I went back to West Point and I met a man named Emmanuel Toe. Emmanuel is a teacher at a school called The Children’s House of Future Study. Emmanuel wanted me to see his school. When he was a child, he attended the Children’s House, and when he got older and the war in Liberia ended, he went back to the school to teach. During my visit of his school he showed me the there was a large red X spray-painted on the outside of the building. He then showed me a letter from the Liberian Ministry of Education. The letter stated that the walls of the school, which were made of mat were no longer safe. The large red X and the letter was to inform the teachers that the school was scheduled to be shut down and demolished because the current construction could collapse at any time.
We were not going to let this happen. We met with the neighbors of the school and asked if they would allow us to rebuild the school and push the walls out so that it could hold more students. Chid and I met with builders and architects to get a new design underway. We petitioned the Ministry to keep the school open. After months of hard work, we were able to raise enough money to rebuild the school from the walls you see that are made of mats, to the walls you see that are now concrete.
With the help of many people, the Children’s House which once held 70 students each day, now holds 150. The Children’s House is special to the students aged 4-11 because it not only teaches them but it is a safe-haven for them. It accepts even those who cannot afford the Liberian mandated uniform or the minimal yearly fees for the teachers’ salary’s. It also feeds the students lunch each day – which is the first meal for many of them.
Probably the most spectactular aspect of the school is the health care program that we started for the students. We learned the kids were getting sick from preventable issues and diseases. One young girl contracted Malaria, and because she could not afford the medicine for diarrhea and vomiting, she died of dehydration. We partnered with a local doctor who began to provide medical assistance to all of the students even when their parents could not afford it.
Now we need your help. We are out of the money that we raised. We need your support to pay for school supplies and medicine for the next two years. Please help out in any way that you can.
Email me for any more information at AButlein@LibertyandJustice.com