Help Liberia Foundation Community School is a nursery and primary school providing education to children from poor backgrounds in Buchanan, Liberia.
http://helpliberiaschool.org/ The school is located in Buchanan, a city about 70 miles/113 km from the Liberian capital Monrovia. We started the school in 2005 to provide education to children from poor backgrounds, and now have about 150 students aged between 3 and 15. As well as academic subjects, we have a typing training programme, and hope to add sewing and other vocational skills classes in
Operating as usual
HLF School Receives Books
Our school in Buchanan City, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, has received assorted books from the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) in Buchanan.
The primary school books, 150 pieces in all, comprised books on the teaching of English, science, reading, arithmetic, social studies and so forth.
We are grateful to the authorities of GBCC for donating these useful books to our school at this time.
HLF’s Dedicated Teachers Helping Our Kids
One positive aspect associated with the operation of our school in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, is that the school has committed and loving teachers who are willing to help the kids obtain their education.
The kids whom we accept and help at the school are kids who come from poor background or whose parents are unemployed, and we are proud and happy that we have caring and committed teachers who are willing, ready and able to teach the kids.
Although our teachers are not receiving huge salaries at the end of the month because of limited resources, they still give themselves willingly to help the kids get their education, as they are aware that people’s lives can be changed though education, and children can have a better future as a result of education.
In a P-T.A meeting held at the school in May of this year, a female parent stood up and said, “I want to thank the teachers in this school because since my two children entered Help Liberia Foundation Community School, they have improved in their lessons. I am seeing the difference between this school and the first school my children attended. I am encouraging the teachers to please continue the good work.”
Indeed, we are proud of our teachers for helping us to develop these kids for a better future.
Special thanks and appreciation go to all of our Swedish friends and sponsors who are contributing some funds through Lena Thorne Marner and Anders Marner every month to help with teachers’ salary payment.
HLF School Re-opens
Our School in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, re-opened its doors last month for the 2020/2021 academic year, with both old and new students starting the new school year.
It is interesting to note that a total of one hundred fourteen (114) students, as well as ten (10) staffers, are starting the school year. The ten staffers include three (3) new teachers.
According to the calendar of events released by the Ministry of Education, the current school year will end on September 30, 2020.
However, many other school-age children are still not in school because of the financial constraints their parents face – because of poverty. It is sad!
Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry, the Chairman of the Board of the school, visited the kids and the teachers and spent some time with them last week. The kids are excited to be in school.
We are grateful to all of our sponsors and friends who continue to help the school. It is because of their continuous, selfless donations and assistance that we are able to give education to these kids from a poor background. We are all partners in progress. Let us not fail these kids for any reason whatsoever.
Raising Funds for the School Construction
The Board having obtained a comprehensive plan for the construction of a modern school for the kids in our school in Buchanan City, the focus here now is how to raise the funds for the commencement of the construction.
At this juncture, it is important to make three important points clear.
First, it is important to indicate that although the total cost for the building is US$122,606.15 (One Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand, Six Hundred Six United States Dollars and Fifteen Cents), we do not wish to collect or raise the entire amount before starting the construction.
The construction is organized in twelve (12) major stages, as per the completed plan, and they are as follows:
1. Pre-construction setup – $2, 172.50
2. Foundation – $20,304.96
3. Rough floor casting – $5,132.25
4. Ground floor elevation & plastering – $11,911.31
5. 1st floor reinforcement concrete slob and staircase – $18,280.31
6. 1st floor elevation and plastering – $11,114.65
7. 2nd floor reinforcement concrete and staircase – $4,280.20
8. 2nd floor elevation & plastering -- $3,819.58
9. Roofing – $7, 826.39
10. Windows and doors – $16,693.60
11. Plumbing & electrical works – $10,452.33
12. Painting & tile works – $10,692.84
Based on this, our plan is to carry out the construction in stages, as per the plan’s designated stages and assigned costs. Hence, we will not wait to raise the entire amount before commencing the construction.
Second, anyone wishing to donate or contribute funds towards the school construction from abroad should kindly do so through the school’s International Contact persons in Sweden, Mrs. Lena Thorne Marner and her husband, Anders Marner. They will be the sole custodians of the Funds abroad.
Finally, plans are under way for the setting up of a special bank account specifically meant for the school construction. It shall be called “HLF School Construction Funds.”
Once again, thanks to every one of you for your continuous interest in the school in Buchanan and your desire to help the kids. We appreciate every bit of effort on your part to give the kids a good future.
HLF School Completes Plan for Construction
For the first time ever, the Board of Help Liberia Foundation Community School now has a complete plan for the construction of a modern school building for the kids in Buchanan City.
The comprehensive school construction plan is a fifteen-classroom, upstairs-downstairs structure that will operate at kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high levels.
The plan also has a library, a science laboratory, a cafeteria, a teachers’ lounge, an auditorium, a vocational education room, offices and other rooms.
The total cost for the construction of the school, including from foundation to completion, is US$122,606.15 (One Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand, Six Hundred Six United States Dollars and Fifteen Cents). The plan was drawn/produced by Future Builders and Development Group, Inc. (FB&DG).
Interestingly, the school already has a plot of land – an acre of land purchased in 2011 for the sole purpose of the construction. The only problem there is right now is how to raise this money to start the construction.
On behalf of the kids, the parents, the staff, and the administration, the Board is appealing to all philanthropic individuals, as well as individuals and institutions that are interested in the education of the poor children of the world to kindly help us raise the funds needed for the construction.
A few individuals and institutions with the passion can make this happen. Please help us make the world a better place for these kids.
Nelson Mandala once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Note: It is not possible to attach files to a post on a page so the building plan and associated cost estimate can be viewed on our website at https://helpliberiaschool.org/2020/12/15/hlf-school-completes-plan-for-construction/
HLF Ends 2019/2020 School Year, Begins 2020/2021
Help Liberia Foundation Community School, located in Buchanan City, has ended the 2019/2020 academic year, with plans to commence classes for the 2020/2021 school year after the December 8, 2020 Elections.
Out of the hundred plus students in the 2019/2020 school year, 59 students got direct promotions, 3 students failed, and the rest passed under condition. Of the 59 students that got direct promotions, 33 are girls, and 26 are boys. Of the 3 students that failed, we have 2 boys and one girl.
We were having a successful school year until COVID-19 stepped in. in fact, because of this development, some of the students did not return to the classroom when the government reopened schools.
That said, we are grateful to God for helping us to end one school year and to have the opportunity to start a new one.
We are also deeply thankful to all of our sponsors and friends who continue to help us run the school. Special thanks go to Lena Thorne Marner & Anders Marner, David Turner, and Mary Smith. All of you have been dependable partners in progress. Thanks for being there for the kids in the school.
Note: the picture was taken earlier in the year.
HLF Puts Ceilings Up
The Board of Directors of Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan has placed ceilings in the auditorium of the school, as well as two other classrooms.
Mats were placed there long time ago, but since they spoiled, the place had been open, with the students feeling the heat when the sun is hot. The placement of the ceilings in the auditorium and the two classrooms means the students have been liberated from the heat that usually directly came down from the zinc. This is a great relief, although there are other classes in which ceilings have not been placed.
Funds for the purchase and placements of the ceilings came from our sponsors in Sweden, through Lena Anders. We are grateful to all of our friends and sponsors who continue to help the school in Buchanan.
HLF School Loses Two Students
With a very heavy heart, we wish to announce that two of our students have passed away.
Both of them – a boy and a girl – died last month. The girl, ten years old, was called Naomi Karr, while the boy, 13 years old, was called Stanley Taylor.
They both died from malaria, and they have been buried.
Our condolences go to the families of the two kids.
Greetings and Encouragement to All
On behalf of Help Liberia Foundation Community School, located in Buchanan City, we would like to extend everyone a very profound keep-safe message in the face of the suffering and uncertainties created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus is ravaging almost every nation on earth. Even our country, Liberia, which drastically suffered Ebola between 2014 and 2015, is having its own share of the virus and its impact. Already, about 75 persons are infected with the virus, and at least six persons have died. And, already, also, our healthcare system is one of the worst in the world. It is virtually non-existent. We are praying for God to have mercy and protect our country because if things go out of hand, too many people will die in our country. It would be worse than Ebola.
While it is true that we are having our own corona-virus problems here, our hearts go out to the countries in Europe, especially countries in which our sponsors and friends are, specifically Sweden and the UK. May God protect you all and save you from this nightmare.
Let’s remember one another in prayers during these difficult times, as we are convinced that God is a merciful, gracious, and prayer-answering God. May God heal our world of this virus!
Help Liberia Foundation Community School has completed the repairs of a number of desks for the kids to use. The repair of the desks was based on the facts that many of the desks had either spoiled or gotten old in the midst of the increment in student enrollment.
Twenty-five desks were repaired in all, and the children are now properly sitting.
HLF School Promotes Six Students
At the end of the First Semester of 2019/2020 school year, Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan promoted some students to new classes.
The students, six in all, were promoted to various classes based on their impressive performances in their previous classes. Those promoted included one girl and five boys, and their names, along with their promotional arrangements, are as follows:
1. Surprise Kangar, promoted from 3rd grade to 4th grade
2. James Seah, promoted from 3rd grade to 4th grade
3. Anthony Teah, promoted from 2nd grade to 3rd grade
4. Emmanel Karr, promoted from 1st grade to 2nd grade
5. Agnis Sieh, promoted from ABC to Kindergarten One (K-1)
6. Harrison Roberts, promoted from ABC to Kindergarten One (K-1)
We are proud of the kids and wish them well in their new classes. We are also grateful to all those who are helping us to run the school, especially our friends in Sweden, headed by Lena Thorne Marner and Anders Marner.
HLF Board Members Meet Staff and Students
Members of the newly constituted HLF Board of Directors recently visited the school in Buchanan, meeting with both staffers and students.
The reception was warm, the atmosphere was friendly, and the visit was rewarding. The Board members interacted with the kids, with Mrs. Monica Sackie and Mr. Lincoln Blojay admonishing them about the importance of education and advising them to be studious, determined, and respectful.
After interacting with the students, the Board members met with the staff, discussing the future of the school, including both short-term, medium term and long-term plans and goals.
HLF Teachers – Committed Group of People
Someone once said, “Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand their problems.”
In fulfillment of this saying, our dedicated teachers at Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan City do their best to interact with the lovely children attending the school. They spend time understanding the students and helping them with their problems. We are proud of them and thankful to them for their sacrificial services.
We are also grateful to our Swedish friends and supporters who are helping with teachers’ salary payment, through the effort of Lena Thorne Marner and Anders Marner, an exercise that is helping the teachers to be more committed.
The pictures show some of our teachers at work.
Season’s Greetings To All
On behalf of the students and the school in Buchanan, as well as the faculty, the Board of Directors of the school would like to wish all of you our friends and sponsors Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
The Board is grateful to you for your continuous help to the kids and the school over the years. Thank you for all your help, including helping to pay teachers’ salaries.
As we come to the end of this year and also celebrate the festive season, it is our hope and prayer that we all will have a wonderful time. Once again, Merry Christmas and a very fulfilling New Year.
HLF School Sets Up School Governing Board
To improve operation and strategize for the growth and development of Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan, the school has set up a three-man governing board known as HLF Board of Directors.
The three-man Board of Directors comprises Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry, Madam Monica Sackie, and Mr. Lincoln K. Blojay. Mr. Harry is serving as the Chairman of the Board and he is also responsible for planning, Ms. Sackie is the Director on Administration, and Mr. Blojay is the Director on Finance.
Mr Paul Yeenie Harry is an educator, teacher, organizer, humanitarian, lawyer and writer. He has worked in the education sector for more than twenty years, and has also worked both in the private and public sector. He has an A.A degree in accounting, a BA degree in English with minor in journalism, an MBA degree in Business Administration, and an LL.B degree in general law. He may be contacted at [email protected].
Madam Monica Sackie is a church leader, teacher, organizer, and entrepreneur. She runs her own business called Kanorr Business Center on the main campus of the University of Liberia. Besides, she’s one of the leaders in the Assembly of God Church in Liberia. Moreover, she is the Program Coordinator of Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity (CLI), as well as the Acting Chair of the Global Leadership Forum. Madam Sackie has a BBA degree in Management with a minor in Public Administration. She may be contacted at [email protected].
Mr. Lincoln K. Blojay is an organizer, youth leader, and planner. He has worked in the education sector as an administrator and a teacher for more than five years. He has a BBA degree in accounting and is currently a candidate of MBA in accounting. At present, he is the Deputy Comptroller at the Ministry of Commerce, Republic of Liberia. He may be reached at [email protected].
Henceforth, the Board will be responsible for managing and directing the school, including formulating policies and programs that will help make the school one of the best in Liberia. The school administration will be supervised by the Board. The Board itself may be contacted at [email protected].