Our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, has reopened for the 2015/2016 school year. The school reopened on September 21, 2015.
As you may recall, the school should have started classes on September 14, but it did not happen because of some circumstances beyond our control. For instance, the enrollment was too low. Besides, we did not have some the necessary resources to commence.
Although the enrollment is still low, it is much better than it was on September 14. At present, there are about forty-five (45) students in the school, but we are hopeful that additional students will register. Many parents are complaining that they don’t have money and, therefore, they are unable to register their kids. Frankly, there are many poor children who are still out of school because of this problem.
Because of the low enrollment, we reduced staff but, still, the greatest challenge we are facing and will face this year is how to pay the few teachers we have employed. The salary is about US$25 per person per month, and we have eight (8) staffers. This means, we need about US$200 (two hundred United States dollars) per month to be able to pay our teachers, and we are unable to realize this from the fees paid by parents, as they are very low.
In view of this, we will very highly appreciate any assistance from any individual or institution, as we wish to have a smooth academic year.