Monthly Archives: December 2020

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.

The proposed new school building

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 proposed new school building

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: Please find attached the building plan and associated cost estimate.

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.

Children at the school (photo taken earlier in the year)

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.