Latest News from the Villages

SHORT SUMMARY

Dear Neighbours and Friends!

It is incredible that it has been more than two years since we have been in contact on this page. I have to give you a short summary of "Matopeni news".

The BCC team worked hard over the past two years as well, but we were communicating most through email and through other social media.

2014 was an extremely difficult year because of many children at BCC had lost their sponsors. There was not enough money for food, school supplies and school uniforms for the children. The biggest crisis was affecting the rescue home and the 15 kids there. Because of lack of money BCC could not pay the rent and the landlord threatened the children with eviction. Friends of BCC in Australia, Holland, Hungary and Finland tried together to at least temporarily solve the situationt and save the children from a life on the streets.
Finally, thanks to friends and organizations in Holland a new shelter has been built and the children could move in there in the beginning of January.

Positive developments have been the two borehole projects, now both the primary and the secondary school are provided with water. The schools also sell water to the village and get some revenue off that. The girls' hostel for high school students is another important milestone.

Big challenges await BCC also during this year. The schools need more sponsors, both for children in the primary school and for students in high school.
There is an urgent need for additional rooms for girls' boarding as well as a fence around the boarding school for the students' safety and to prevent robbery.

I saw that Nabuur is now also available on Facebook. I sometimes miss our discussions both within the "village" and between different villages. Perhaps the interconnection of Facebook and Nabuur could lead to a revival of the village community.

Enclosed please find some pictures of the events over the past two years.

Warm greetings,
Ildikó

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HLF School Constructs Kitchen

Our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, is constructing a kitchen for its use, beginning this new school year.

The construction, which cost less than $300, came about as a result of a serious requirement request by the World Food Program (WFP), which supplies the school with food rations periodically, indicating that a better and more durable kitchen must be built if the school is to continue receiving support.

Because we recognize how helpful WFP’s supply of food is to the school and the kids, we have prioritized the construction of the kitchen at this point in time, for there was information that HLF School could lose that opportunity. Before this year, the school had always used kitchens built of mats and sticks.

Construction of the school annex will follow, as our Swedish friends have sent the balance of the remaining funds to Liberia.

Many thanks to all those whose assistance is helping the school and the kids to have the necessary facilities.

Written by

Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Help Liberia Foundation Community School is Reopening

Good news - the school is reopening!

After months of closure as a result of the Ebola crisis and based on the Education Ministry’s pronouncement that all schools reopen on February 2, our plan has been to reopen our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, on February 16; however, the Liberian parliament has rejected the February reopening date and proposed a March 2 date on grounds that the government has not put in place the proper measures and provided the necessary resources for that purpose.

The Liberian parliament reached the decision on Thursday, January 29. The lawmakers said they had already met and discussed with officials of the Ministries of Education and Health on the issue.

However, what may even be considered interesting – or rather confusing – is that, in spite of the lawmakers’ decision that the reopening of schools be pushed to March 2, the Ministry of Education announced on Friday in a press statement that the new date for the reopening of schools is February 16. The public is confused.

It may be recalled that in early January, the Ministry of Education announced that all schools should reopen on February 2, but most parents, educators, school administers, teachers, students and policy makers criticized the government for coming with such an abrupt schedule, arguing that parents and private schools were not ready for the arrangement in that they were experiencing many difficulties, including financial difficulties.

In view of this apparent confusion and considering our own pre-opening projects/activities and lack of enough resources, as well as most parents’ inability to register or pay their children’s school fees at the present moment, we are planning to reopen on March 2, instead of February 16.

As usual, our major problem is getting money to pay our teachers who are making enormous sacrifices in imparting knowledge onto the kids. Any assistance in this direction is welcome.

We are thankful to all of those whose assistance or involvement is enabling us to lay the ground work for reopening soon. We are all partners in progress.

Note: There will be an update on the annex construction in a subsequent article.

Written by

Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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remove the rags

our girls are going back to school next week

Please support a needy girl with a sanitary towel ,we have alot of girls in need of sanitary towels and joining secondary school next year ,mostly of girls use rags as towels ,Her pants got stained , she was on the rag and had no tampons. ... on the rag. when a girl or woman has her period. When i am on the rag, i get cranky ...remove the rags .....just support a girl with a sanitary towel ,this is noble cause ,thanks you all have shown interest to support this cause and i know God will bless u for all your generosity and all you life will not be same again and still we need more support and if you do so you will put a smile to a girl and save a day this school season.....PLIZ ASSIST OUR GIRZ
For any support towards this cause contact me through this email to gave you more details danielsmwa@gmail.com

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VULNERABLE CHILDREN EXCELS IN NATIONAL EXAMINATION

We are grateful to all the volunteers who have supported our sanitary pad project and back to school project.

We are grateful to all the volunteers and more so Mary Smith who have supported our sanitary pad project and back to school project during 2014. Through volunteers support, we were in position to ensure over 600 local vulnerable children access and excel in universal education. Some of the beneficiary sat for the national examination in November 2014 and all of them excelled and will be joining some of the best secondary schools in the country. Thanks for the support and look forward to work with you to ensure more local vulnerable children excel.

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HLF School Registers Own Post Office Box

We are pleased to announce that our school – Help Liberia Foundation Community School – has finally registered its own post office address. It is a medium-sized box, and it’s registered at the head office of the postal affairs at the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications in Monrovia. The box was registered last month, December, 2014.

The address is this:

Help Liberia Foundation Community School
P. O. Box 1553
1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia
West Africa

This means, for the first time ever, the school now has its own permanent postal address. Prior to this registration, the school was using a post office address owned by a different entity.

The obtainment of this important facility was made possible by one of our supporters, Whitney Barkley, an American living and working in Minnesota, USA. She raised the money and sent it to Lena and Anders in Sweden, who in turn sent it to Liberia.

Whitney raised the money when she was working as teacher with New Horizon Academy because she and Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry had discussed and agreed for the two schools – Help Liberia Foundation Community School and New Horizon Academy – to enter a pen pal relationship. She currently works as Educational Assistant with Intermediate District 287; however, she has promised to continue to work on behalf of the school and the kids in other ways.

We all at the school are extremely grateful to Whitney for helping the school in this selfless manner. She has shown to us that she is a friend of the school and the kids. Thank you, Whitney, for doing this for the school! We very profoundly appreciate your humanitarian gesture.

The acquisition of the postal address is an important development as the school intends to establish pen pal relationships with overseas schools in order to afford our kids and our staff the opportunity to interact with kids and staff in other parts of the world.
Henceforth, anyone wishing to send handwritten communications or any items to the school should do so, using the new address provided above. It is now the school’s mailing address.

The only fixed cost associated with the maintenance of the box is about $60 (as per the current exchange rate), which we have to pay to the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications every December, which is a fixed fee levied by the government of Liberia.

Written by

Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Dear All

Wish You, Your Family and Friends -

Merry Christmas
and
Very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year 2015

Regards,
Sushmita
India

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HLF Kids Receive Christmas Gifts

Help Liberia Foundation Community School, through the kind donations of four of its sponsors, purchased Christmas presents and distributed them among the kids in the school.

The items bought included thirteen 25-kg bags of rice, one carton of Crown Vita and three 5-gallon containers of vegetable oil. The carton of vita contains 12 packs and each pack contains 100 vita cubes.

The distribution was done on Sunday, December 21. Prior to Sunday’s distribution, because the school is closed as a result of the Ebola crisis, a three-day announcement (Friday to Sunday) was made on three radio stations. Besides, the staff went in the community to personally inform the children and their parents.

It was a joyful day not just for the children, but also for the staff of the school and the residents of the community. The distribution was headed by the Parent-Teacher Association (P-T.A) of the school, headed by its Vice Chairman, Mr. Zogar.

We served more than a hundred children. For the kids who were not around, their parents came and collected their food. Then we served our teachers. After that, we called the residents of the community, especially those in close proximity with the school, and also served them. Everyone was grateful and expressed thanks to the sponsors through the school.

“We thank you and the people overseas for always doing this for our children almost every year. We will continue to remember you for what you are doing for us and our children,” remarked Mr. Zogar to the Director of the school, Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry, who also thanked the parents and the kids for being appreciative.

Mr. Harry: “On behalf David Turner, Mary Smith, Lena and Anders Marner, we wish to thank you all for appreciating what we are doing here today. We at the school, like those who made this possible, are happy that they can do this for our kids and all of you at this time of the year.”

The money for this year’s Christmas gifts was donated by four persons – David Turner, Mary Smith, Lena and Anders Marner. We wish to thank them very much for their kindness, which has put Christmas smiles on the faces of our kids.

For more pictures from the day, please see the story on the school website.

Written by

Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Update on Christmas Gifts Fundraising Appeal

So far, the total donated is $250, meaning that after PayPal charges have been deducted, we have raised $239.65. Can you help us raise the remaining $610.35?

Yesterday made it exactly 15 days since we launched the Christmas Gifts for HLF Children Fundraising Campaign on November 16. Besides, yesterday was the end of the month.

Therefore, we wish to inform you, especially those of you who have donated toward the effort to put smiles on the faces of the children in our school, that so far only $250 has been collected from two persons – David Turner and Mary Smith of the United Kingdom.

David donated $150 from which $6.15 was deducted as service charge, leaving a balance of $143.85. Mary donated $100 from which $4.20 was deducted as service charge, leaving a balance of $95.80.

In short, we now have $239.65; meaning, we are still in need of $610.35, since the total amount for the exercise is $850. And December 5 is the deadline for the campaign.

Can you help us raise this amount?

The easiest way to donate is through the PayPal account which you can access through the link on the school website. If you prefer, you can also send money directly to the school’s bank account, or through Western Union or MoneyGram.

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Christmas Gifts for Our Children – Can You Help?

We would like to put smiles on the faces of the children at our school this Christmas. Can you help us raise US$ 850 by 5 December?

The outbreak of the Ebola virus has caused children to be out of school for months, and these include children of our school. But it also has to be remembered that this outbreak has not only caused children to be out of school; it has also increased the economic hardship parents face in this country, as many of them are without jobs and some of them who have jobs are forced to stay at home without being paid or given any special incentives.

This reality/situation will, of course, adversely affect many children, including children in our school, during this Christmas holiday. And this is why we want to come in to help these children, and we want to do it for three (3) main reasons.

First, it is our usual year-end practice to purchase Christmas gifts for the children in our school and distribute these gifts among them. We want to continue this tradition, especially during this Ebola time.

Second, we want to put some smiles on the faces of our children. We want them to know that there are people who care for them and want to make them happy this Christmas holiday.

Finally, we want to use the distribution of the Christmas gifts to encourage the children, the staff, the parents and the community, and to call their attention back to the school before the actual re-opening of school, especially considering the fact that the school has been closed for months and the fact that we will be adding the junior high division.

In view of the foregoing, we are launching an $850 fundraising campaign to purchase Christmas gifts for the children, and the gifts will include two (2) bales of clothes and five (5) bags of rice. More than 100 children, as well as several staffers and parents, stand to benefit from the exercise.

Breakdown of Cost

a. 2 bales of clothes @$300 = $600
b. 5 bags of rice @$40 = $200
c. Transportation and related costs = $50

We appeal to everyone, especially our regular sponsors and donors, to please help us raise this amount before December 5, so that we can put smiles of the faces of the children during this Christmas holiday.

The easiest way to donate is through the PayPal account controlled by Lena and Anders in Sweden, which you can access through the link on the school website. If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can also send money directly to the school's bank account, or through Western Union or MoneyGram.

We would also appreciate it if you are able to share this fundraising appeal with your friends and family, and on your social media pages.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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