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Inviting Volunteers, Tourists & interns

The Dutch Good Samaritans, Friends, Educationists & partners are very instrumental in the support of the children at Benamos School hence you're encouraged to participate in the program.

Some Partners in Education development, interns, tourists, volunteers, good Samaritans & wonder how they may spend their Vacations & holidays in Africa.

Do not just sleep in a hotel, avoid boredom, Volunteer/work with these Orphans for even just three hour a week during your vacation or holiday in Africa-Uganda.

You can volunteer with these orphans at Benamos School of Orphans just like how previous tourists & Volunteers have done (see photos below)

During this period, you can teach any of these subjects: - English, Reading, sports & games, train teachers, bible teaching or Evangelism.

At Benamos School, you will also enjoy local music, dance & drama actions by the Orphans.
As you volunteer on some day, then other days you will make excursions to go for boat cruise, water rafting on the Nile river, go to see the line of Equator, game drive, bird viewing ( over 200 bird species ), see Mt. Gorillas, Mountain climbing, village touring, bicycle riding etc.

If you’re interested, we can avail you with contacts/email of previous Development partners, Educationists, visitors, from The Netherlands, Arkansas, North Carolina, and who have been at Benamos School of Orphans here in Africa – Uganda so that you can hear from them.

The Dutch Good Samaritans, Friends, Educationists & partners are very instrumental in the support of the children at Benamos School.

Or you can write to me directly.

We will be grateful to hear from you

Kyayi Moses
Benamos Nursery and Primary School
P.O. Box 437 Jinja - Uganda (East Africa)

Email:- kyayimoses@yahoo.com

PLAN FOR YOUR TRIP IN TIME

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Medical Tourism

The three tourism programme intervention components blending

Through an established partnership, we are implementing a health campaign aimed at preventing/reducing risks to diseases such as cancer, kidney failures etc. Different treatment options offered include: – (1) Cardiac Surgery; (2) Spine Surgery; (3) Cancer Treatment; (4) Joint and Knee Replacements; (5) Neuro Surgery; (6) Kidney and Liver Transplantations; (7) Bone Marrow Transplantations; (8) Cosmetic Surgery. Project/our offerings are: –Treatment options in India, Free opinion and quotes from hospitals, Selection of best doctor to treat specific disease, offer visa assistance by extending visa invitation to planned travellers and travel assistance by helping in planning the travel itinerary; also assist in Forex and other concierge services, and offer to arrange for the patients and attendants, logistical support such as transport, accommodation, food and related services like Holidays and Shopping. The costs related to these services will be more cost effective and borne by the patient.

To inform an appropriate and successful referral and treatment process, we are happy to extend our partnership gesture to individual patients and/or administrations of the different applicable health units. Please feel free to contact us http://idauganda.com/contact/

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Annex Construction Going On

We wish to inform all sponsors, donors and friends of Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan that the construction of the annex for which funds were raised last year is going on.

Before going further, we wish to inform you about two very important changes we have made in the original plan. First, we are constructing a two-classroom annex, instead of the one-room annex originally announced. Second, we are constructing a concrete structure (a more guaranteed structure) instead of the mat structure originally mentioned. (See http://helpliberiaschool.org/2014/07/28/urgent-fundraising-appeal-for-ne...)

Because of these changes and others, the construction requires new materials which were not needed for the original mat structure, causing us to enter additional expenses for such things as:

1. Blocks/bricks
2. Crushed rocks
3. Two panel doors
4. Steel rods
5. Colomos for the windows
6. More cement for the foundation, for the elevation, for the fixing of concrete leanto, for the plastering of walls, and for the fixing of the floor.
7. Etc.

The two-classroom structure, whose construction started last month, contains two doors and six windows. We decided on the six windows because we wish to use colomos at the windows, instead of timber. In this instance, more windows would be needed for proper lighting and ventilation.

This is a quick breakdown of what we have been able to use or obtain in terms of materials and money:

1. 1200 blocks @$0.55 ================== $660
2. Sand =========================== $75
3. 20 bags of cement @$10 =============== $200
4. 15 Steel rods @$7 =================== $105
5. 15 bags of crushed rocks @$2 =========== $30
6. 12 pieces of wawa @$5 =============== $60
7. Part payment of Workmanship =========== $150
8. Lease agreement for use of land for annex ===== $200
9. Transportation of 1200 blocks @$0.06 ======= $72
10. Other transportation costs ============== $45
11. Wire nails ========================= $3
12. 15 bags of crushed rocks @$2 =========== $30
13. Tying wire ======================== $5

TOTAL ============================ $1,635

In short, we have already expended $1,635 on the two-classroom structure being constructed. We also used $210 on the kitchen; meaning, we have used $1,845 on construction altogether.
However, as you will recall, the total amount raised for the original annex construction was $1,825, from which PayPal deducted $68.40 as service charge, making the actual balance on hand to be $1,756.60 (see http://helpliberiaschool.org/2014/09/08/fundraising-target-reached-and-p...).

The foundation and the elevation, including the concrete leanto above the doors and windows are completed. However, we are still left with the following jobs: placing the colomos in the window slots, roofing and zincing the structure, plastering the walls, fixing the floor, and painting the structure.

As things and prices stand at present, we need the following items to finish the construction:

a. 16 bags of cement (for plastering and floor) @$10 ======= $160
b. 20 pcs of ceiling @$7 ========================= $140
c. 10 pcs of (2 by 6) planks @$5 =================== $50
d. 20 pcs of (2-by-4) planks @$4 =================== $80
e. 20 pcs of (2-by-2) planks @$2 =================== $40
f. 3 bundles of zinc @$125 ======================= $375
g. 2 pks of zinc nails @$5 ======================== $10
h. 130 Colomos @$1 =========================== $130
i. 2 doors @$75 =============================== $150
j. balance workmanship ========================= $175

TOTAL =================================== $1,310

Many thanks to all those who helped us raise the first amount. At this point, we are NOT going to launch another fundraising campaign for the completion of the two-classroom annex; however, we will appreciate any assistance anyone provides in this direction.

Donation may be sent to our PayPal account managed by our Swedish sponsors or directly to the school’s bank account at:

Help Liberia Foundation Community School
129-200-050-420-19
ECOBANK Liberia
Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia
Swift Code: ECOCLRLM

Once again, we extend our sincere thanks to all of you who are helping us to provide education to scores of needy kids in Buchanan. We are all partners in progress.

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

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org
Facebook: http://facebook.com/helpliberiafoundation

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HLF Community School Conducts Teachers’ Workshop

Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan conducted a one-day teachers’ workshop on Friday, March 6, at the school’s premises.

The primary purpose of the exercise was to refresh the professional minds of the teachers and prepare them to properly impart knowledge to the kids in the school.

Three lecturers were invited – Mr. Aaron Diggs, Supervising Principal, Grand Bassa County; Mr. Ihoha Blama, and Mr. Joseph Garnio. Mr. Diggs lectured on Teaching Methodologies; Mr. Blama lectured on Lesson Planning, and Mr. Garnio taught on Testing and Evaluation.

It was an interactive and practical exercise. The participants were served lunch – potato greens and rice – after the first two speakers. After the participations had rested for an hour, the last lecturer came in.

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

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

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HLF School Receives Ebola Prevention Materials

In an effort to train school staffers to ensure Ebola safety measures on campuses, the government, in collaboration with a local NGO, organized a one-day workshop before the reopening of our school. Three of our staffers attended.

Two days after the workshop, a local NGO known as MAP presented some Ebola prevention materials to our school. The items, which were provided by UNICEF and distributed by the NGO, included the following:

1. Two towels
2. Two barrels
3. Two buckets
4. Two brushes
5. Four brooms
6. Four boots
7. Seven gloves
8. Three cartons of soap
9. One chlorine bucket
10. One spraying container
11. Two spoons
12. Three Ebola safety measure booklets
13. Three electronic thermometers

When our school reopened, the staffers who attended the Ebola prevention workshop carried out a two-hour awareness session at the school, educating both students and staff who did not have the opportunity to attend the workshop.

Our kids and our staff have begun observing and practicing these Ebola prevention measures so as to help continue the fight against the Ebola virus, which has not totally left our country.

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kiserian football team

kiserian football team is a boys team for under 14 and all the boys are from grade 4 to 8

we needs a facilitator or a sponsor for a football team ,under 14 yrs ,football ,jersey and training kits needed ,we are located in kiserian ,kajiado county ,Kenya ,anybody willing is welcome and feel free to ask any question

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HLF School Reopens

Our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, has finally reopened its door to students, teachers and parents for the resumption of normal academic activities. The school reopened on Monday, March 2.

As you may recall, we closed the 2013/2014 school year in June of 2014 and had remained closed until March 2, primarily because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in our country.
The kids are quite happy to be back in school after staying out of school for more than eight months. Many parents and educators, too, are happy to see the kids back in school.

On the other hand, the reopening of our school is not without problems. For instances, we have fewer students than expected, because not many parents have registered their children due to financial difficulties engendered by the Ebola crisis. Many of them are unemployed and doing nothing.

In addition, some of our old teachers left the school for employment in other schools that pay better than we do. So we have new teachers and are still in search of additional new teachers. We are running a radio announcement for that purpose. Paying teachers well and paying them on time is one of our major challenges, as the fees parents pay are little and only a few of the kids are on sponsorship.

Besides, we are in need of some start-up funds for the purchase of instructional materials and other school supplies, for food for the kids, as the world Food Program (WFP) has not started distributing food rations to schools, as well as for other things.

Overall, in spite of the problems connected with the opening of the school, we are happy that the school has once more opened its door to the kids. We are also happy that the Ebola virus did not take the life of any of our students or staff.

Before ending, we wish to indicate that we are thankful to all who helped make the reopening possible at this time. Many thanks to all of our friends, sponsors and donors for their continuous involvement with the school in Buchanan.

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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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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