Help to feed 200 kids in an After School Program in Liberia
Organized by: E Walker
A child going to school without having breakfast at home or lunch at school is one of the recipes for poor performance in school, especially in the African context. In Liberia, there are hundreds of children from slump communities who go to school for 5 hours a day, five days a week without access to breakfast or lunch. This has caused many of these children to underperform in their lessons and educational endeavors. Indeed, it is very uncomfortable for children walked long distances to school to sit in a classroom under the voice of a teacher while he/she is hungry. Unfortunately, those children do not have a choice. They have to go to school under such condition for two reasons: 1) their parents and guardians cannot afford to give them breakfast nor money for lunch. 2) Their parents and guardians want them to become educated, in spite of the unfortunate circumstances (poverty, mass unemployment, etc.) that confront they and their parents. Against this backdrop, I would like to provide an intervention to the situation that those children at going through. I have planned to provide this intervention through After School and Summer Camp programs, under the banner of the Center for Leadership Development Initiative (CELDI), a children and young people development organization that I have established. CELDI will begin its operation on August 1, 2016. I ask that you kindly help to support my desire to provide at least one healthy meal for those children in an After School program on every school day. The mission of CELDI is to develop and equip children and young people from vulnerable communities, to break the circle of poverty through education, and to raise up a new generation of servant leaders who will proactively transform and serve their communities with distinction. To fulfill its mission, CELDI shall begin with an After School and Summer Camp programs for 200 at-risk and underprivileged children and young people in Liberia, on August 1, 2016. The cost of feeding those 200 children and young people in these programs is put at $12,000 for 2016-2017 academic years. How soon do I need the funds? The fund is needed on or before June 30, 2016. This is because it will largely inform my decision to begin the process of determining whether or not the program will start on August 1,2016 and whether the program will be able to begin feeding 200 children on August 1,2016. Why does this mean so much to me? This means so much to me for two reasons: 1) It will be one of the ways through which I could give back to my community. Just like many others, I am aware that I am not a self-made person. God used so many people and institutions to help me achieve the education I have today. 2) It would give hope to starving children, who have no choice but to go to school every day on empty stomachs. In view of the above, I feel oblige to exploring available opportunities and resources that will facilitate my desire to give back to my community, especially to the most vulnerable (at-risk and underprivileged), who are often forgotten by society. How thankful will I be? I will be very, very thankful to all who will support this cause. This is because your support will enable me to fulfill my vision for those children and young people. Remember: “I am because you are.” THANK YOU!!
Who am I?
I am E. Alfred Walker (Rev.), a Liberian, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Development Initiative (CELDI).
Born in one of the poorest countries in the world (Liberia), with little or no hope of earning education beyond primary, I am humbled to have earned a master's degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. As such, I feel obliged to giving back to my people and community. This is because I am not self-made. It took so many people and institutions to make me. As such, I would like to give back to my community in order to raise up a new generation of servant-leaders who will continue the vision of giving back. Please join me.
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