Monthly Archives: January 2015

HLF School Plans to Reopen February 16 But …

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.

Students taking test

Children in Class

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.

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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.

Whitney Barkley

Whitney Barkley

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 oversea 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.