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Liberia Orphanage - FRANCES GASKIN RESCUE HOME

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THE STORY:

LIBERIA ORPHANAGE

FRANCES GASKIN RESCUE HOME FOR CHILDREN, LIBERIA

BUILDING PROJECT



The Frances Gaskin Rescue Home for Children in Paynesville, Liberia, is an inspiring and uplifting place. For more than 20 years it has served as a safe haven for dozens of orphans – many of whom lost their parents during Liberia’s brutal 14 year civil war. The 36 children who call Frances Gaskin home are cared for, loved by, and nurtured by Emmanuel and Evelyn Mars. Although they live in one of the poorest communities in the poorest country on the planet, the Mars family has demonstrated a generosity and selflessness that is truly exceptional. But they face many challenges.

Currently, Emmanuel and Evelyn, their two children, and the 36 orphans share a house that measures approximately 1,200 sq. feet (120sq meters). The boys and girls sleep in separate rooms in a very clean and ordered home, but there is just not enough space. All the children sleep in bunk beds – the smaller ones two per bed – and there are nearly a dozen kids per room. While there is a generator for auxiliary power, there is no regular electricity. The overcrowding, together with the lack of space and light, make it difficult for the children to do their homework, to learn, to play, and to have the privacy that adolescents need.

The activities of daily living that we take for granted are not so straightforward in Liberia. The residents of Frances Gaskin obtain their water from a well on the property, their sanitary facilities consist of simple outdoor pit latrines, cooking is done outside over an open fire, and the children’s clothing is all communal, kept in large barrels designated by age and gender. What each child calls their own personal possessions would likely fit in a shoebox.

The children have tea and bread some mornings - but not all mornings - and the one meal is served at 4:00 in the afternoon, consisting primarily of rice. In spite of all of these difficulties, you need spend only a few hours with these children to see that each and every one is very much loved and cared for.

Emmanuel and Evelyn not only provide a loving home for the orphans, they also operate the main primary/elementary school for the local community. The Living Faith School is on the same compound as the orphanage and is attended by 160 children from the surrounding “Rockcrusher” neighborhood. The area derived its name from the primary source of income of the local residents - breaking rock in a nearby quarry for use by local construction firms. The rock is broken by hand by hundreds of men, women, and children. It’s backbreaking toil for which they are paid a pittance. The children of Francis Gaskin are thankfully not required to crush rock, unlike most children in the community.

The people of Rockcrusher greatly value the school in their community. Without it, the majority of the local children would go without the most basic education. Emmanuel and Evelyn built the school themselves but cannot afford to develop it or even to perform some essential maintenance. It is therefore in a serious state of disrepair. Moreover, recent government policies are now holding schools and orphanages in Liberia to a new set of standards. Without upgrades in accordance with these standards, both the orphanage and school face the risk of closure.

The orphans, the people of Rockcrusher, and the Mars family need assistance. Our objective, in partnership with Orphan Relief and Rescue (ORR), is to to build six new classrooms and an adjacent boy’s dormitory to relieve overcrowding, to create a physical environment conducive to learning, to provide the privacy that young adolescents need, and to meet the new standards recently prescribed by Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW). New sanitary and bathing facilities, water and electrical systems will be installed. The building project will free up much-needed space in the current home for the girls and the Mars family, It has the potential to significantly change the lives of not only the orphans, but also the residents of one of the most impoverished communities in Liberia.

A well-respected construction firm has quoted the cost of the building project at $146,000. Equipment and furnishings will likely cost an additional $20,000. And finally furnishings and school equipment and supplies are $21,500. Total $187,500.

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To This Fundraiser

$129,216

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Hal Zaima

    $10

  • Offline Donations

    $47,150

  • Karen, Kenna, Bobby & Bob Sullivan

    $1,000

  • GGW

    $1,000

  • Katie Evans

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Dan Hubert

    $10

  • David Provost

    $100

  • Bham - Tues Group

    $10

  • Mike Stankard

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • David Czeszewski

    $20

  • Ron Reynolds

    $10

  • Mick McClelland

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • John Apap

    $50

  • Grandma and Mimi

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Colin Dowdle

    $15

  • Julie and Chris Dietrick

    $50

  • Paul Keller

    $10

  • Kim & Rick

    $14,000

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Terri & Jim McLaughlin

    $500

  • Terry and Jan

    $100

  • Mary Pat McKee

    $10

  • Beck's

    $250

  • Madeleine Durkin

    $50

  • Danny Lowinger

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Tim Breslin

    $25

  • Tom O'Gara

    $25

  • Joanna R

    $10

  • The Padgett Family

    $10

  • The Weeks Family

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Copper River Tradition INC

    $100

  • Jim and Ann Hill

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $4,500

  • Offline Donations

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sue and Philip Mokris

    $30

  • Chatard High School Alumni

    $25

  • Paul McCollum

    $25

  • Pat & Beth sullivan

    $200

  • CHS class of 1977

    $50

  • Teri Doerr Cullina

    $10

  • Chatard Class of 77

    $25

  • Paul and Mary Weaver

    $100

  • Kim & Rick

    $42,156

  • Jacqueline and Brayton

    $5,000

  • Rob Kurnick

     

  • me

    $100

  • Carol and Gary Hurand

    $1,000

  • Michael F. Shields

    $1,000

  • Linda Sinclair

    $25

  • Nate Forbes

     

  • Maureen and Scott Forster

    $100

  • Bob Sullivan

    $4,000

  • Jeanne Hansen

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bailey Bartlett

    $25

  • The Andres

    $25

  • Grandma and Mimi, part 2

    $20

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77% Raised of $167,000 Goal

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The Team: $129,216 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Robert Sullivan

Amount Raised

$65,705

 

39% Raised of $167,000 Goal

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Kim Brennan

Amount Raised

$61,806

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Ryan and Braden Hansen

Amount Raised

$1,410

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Hal Zaima

Amount Raised

$160

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Katie Evans

Amount Raised

$125

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Mick McClelland

Amount Raised

$10

Donor Comments

Grandma and Mimi, part 2

Grandma and Mimi, part 2

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

The Andres

The Andres

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bailey Bartlett

Bailey Bartlett

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Jeanne Hansen

Jeanne Hansen

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Bob Sullivan

Bob Sullivan

DONATION: $4,000

3 years ago

Maureen and Scott Forster

Maureen and Scott Forster

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Nate Forbes

Nate Forbes

3 years ago

Linda Sinclair

Linda Sinclair

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Michael F. Shields

Michael F. Shields

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago