Monthly Archives: March 2015

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.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

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.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

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.
Construction in progress

Construction in progress

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.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

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

Builders at work

Builders at work

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.

Builders at work

Builders at work

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.

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

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

  1. 16 bags of cement (for plastering and floor) @$10 == $160
  2. 20 pcs of ceiling @$7 ===================== $140
  3. 10 pcs of (2 by 6) planks @$5 =============== $50
  4. 20 pcs of (2-by-4) planks @$4 =============== $80
  5. 20 pcs of (2-by-2) planks @$2 =============== $40
  6. 3 bundles of zinc @$125 =================== $375
  7. 2 pks of zinc nails @$5 ==================== $10
  8. 130 Colomos @$1 =======================  $130
  9. 2 doors @$75 ========================== $150
  10. balance workmanship ====================  $175

    TOTAL                                                                           $1,310

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

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

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

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.

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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.

Mr. Garnio lecturing on Testing and Evaluation

Mr. Garnio lecturing on Testing and Evaluation

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.

Mr. Diggs lecturing on Teaching Methodologies

Mr. Diggs lecturing on Teaching Methodologies

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.

Some of the teachers listening and taking notes

Some of the teachers listening and taking notes

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.

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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.

L-R: The Registrar (Miss Annie Dayugar) and the Principal (Mr. Varney Gibson) posing behind the donated items

L-R: The Registrar (Miss Annie Dayugar) and the Principal (Mr. Varney Gibson) posing behind the donated items

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:

Kids washing hands

Kids washing hands

  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
Kids washing hands

Kids washing hands

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.

Kids washing hands

Kids washing hands

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.

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.

Kids standing outside during recess on Day One

Kids standing outside during recess on Day One

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.

Cross-section of kids and staff on the first day of school

Cross-section of kids and staff on the first day of 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.

Kids in class with teacher

Kids in class with teacher

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.

Kids in class with teacher

Kids in class with teacher

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.

Note: There will be additional articles about other activities/happenings at the school. Keep visiting our website.