Education Project :
1. Support the construction of a new elementary school in Dowein Village
2. Support academic/technology training for upper school children about to enter the workforce or advanced academic study
3. Train teachers for certification to teach core high school subjects, with an emphasis on STEM topics
4. Update the curriculum to reflect advances in teaching and learning
5. Integrate components into the curriculum that reflect Liberian culture
6. Having parallel curriculum units that counter traditional beliefs that discourage women from seeking higher education.
7. Feature curriculum adaptation for students with special needs, especially in rural areas
1. Support community health programs for rural populations with a focus on expectant mothers, infant to older children and the elderly
2. Support training and counseling for women regarding illnesses and treatment options
3. Support the construction of a new healthcare/teaching facility in partnership with Minimally Vascular Center
4. Support professional development for healthcare workers
5. Support fellowship programs for students
Background of the problem
Over 700,000 of the nation’s school-age population, between the ages of six and twenty-nine, is either in early childhood, primary or secondary school. About 70% of the nation’s population constitutes youth between the ages of 15-35 with no access to education, health, and employment. Sixty percent of the teachers at the primary level have no form of teachers’ training, and less than 15% hold a “Class B Certificate.” This means the country lacks teachers to teach specialized courses like –math, science, and Liberal arts courses. Many school children graduate from high school and cannot read on a 7th-grade level due to the weak educational foundation. Many schools lack infrastructure and budgetary support. As a result, parents bear the brunt of the responsibility to educate their children in a nation with a more than 80% poverty rate.
In the face of extreme poverty, low levels of education, inadequate health, and economic opportunities, rural communities find it difficult to meet basic needs. Also, this struggle results in parental decisions to send their male children to school. Young women with little or no education endure economic hardship, leading them into prostitution as their only means to earn money. Another major challenge is the deep-rooted, age-old hatred among tribal groups. The bitterness and hatred continue to separate Liberians, as a result of the civil war. An effort to reduce this animosity has begun, but more needs to be done in the area of education to bring hope and relief to masses of poor people. Family values, community cohesiveness, and the moral teachings of the church have eroded. These social challenges can be addressed through well-designed community-based education and health programs.
General Facilities Supplies / Provisions:
First Aid Supplies
First Aid Supplies
Infirmary Furniture & Supplies
Farming Supplies & Seed
FOOD & NUTRITION