Swedish Sponsors Send Gifts to Sponsored Kids in Liberia

Some kids attending our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, have benefitted from gifts sent to them by their sponsors in Sweden.

Felecia displays the t-shirt from her parcel

Felecia displays the t-shirt from her parcel

The items – which included money, clothes, and educational materials – were among the things brought by Lena and Anders and turned over to Paul for onward presentation to the kids.

Kerstin’s sponsored child (Susan) displays her sent parcel

Kerstin’s sponsored child (Susan) displays her sent parcel

The Swedish sponsors who sent gifts to the children they sponsor in Buchanan are Elizabeth Thorne, who sponsors three children – Abraham Montgomery, Solomon Zoegar, and Felecia Somah – and Kerstin, who sponsors one child – Susan Glasco.

One of Elizabeth sponsored children displays his parcel

One of Elizabeth’s sponsored children displays his parcel

Elizabeth sent clothes to her three children, while Kerstin sent clothes, educational materials, candies, and money to her sponsored child.

Solomon displays the t-shirt from his parcel

Solomon displays the t-shirt from his parcel

In a related development, the footballs and football-related materials brought by Anders and Lena for the school were donated by another Swedish citizen called Max, according to Lena.

Susan displays additional items from her parcel, including her money

Susan displays additional items from her parcel, including her money

We are grateful to Elizabeth and Kerstin for remembering their sponsored kids in this special way at this time, and also to Max for the gifts he sent to the school. May God continue to richly bless them so that they can continue to do more for the school and the kids attending it.

Susan displays her parcel as other kids look on

Susan displays her parcel as other kids look on

Susan displays some contents from her parcel

Susan displays some contents from her parcel

Two of Elizabeth’s kids display their sent parcels

Two of Elizabeth’s kids display their sent parcels

Children Receive Gifts from Europe

The gifts brought by Lena and Anders during their recent trip to Liberia have been turned over to the school and the kids in Buchanan.

Kids and staff viewing and displaying some of the donated items

Kids and staff viewing and displaying some of the donated items

As you may recall, when Lena and Anders came to Liberia in April this year, their busy schedule could not permit them to travel to Buchanan and officially present the items they brought from Europe.

The items were, therefore, presented to Paul Yeenie Harry in Monrovia. Paul then took them to Buchanan and turned them over to the staff and the kids.

Kids and staff with the donated items

Kids and staff with the donated items

As indicated in the original article about their trip, the items they brought included basketballs, footballs, ball pumps, phones, gifts from Swedish sponsors to their sponsored children in the school, etc.

We extend many thanks to Lena and Anders, as well as the Swedish sponsors, who continue to help the school and the kids.

Note: There will be another article focusing on the items from the Swedish sponsors.

UNICEF Donates to HLF School

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) last month donated assorted educational and other materials to our school in Buchanan.

Students and staff posting near the still packed donated items

Students and staff posting near the still packed donated items

The items included chalk, reams of paper, folders, markers, school bell, book bags, posters, geometric sets, copybooks, pencils, pens and soap.

Staff displaying some of the donated items

Staff displaying some of the donated items

The pencils were distributed among the kids, while the pens were distributed among the teachers and the kids. The book bags, which were fifteen (15) in all, were also given to the kids.

Students displaying their donated book bags and copybooks

Students displaying their donated book bags and copybooks

This is not UNICEF’s first time donating instructional items to the school. We are grateful to UNICEF for its periodic donations to the school.

Kids and staff posting near the unpacked items

Kids and staff posting near the unpacked items

 

Annex In Use

Our two-classroom annex for whose construction funds were raised last year was put in use last year, and the parents, the kids and the community appreciate its construction.

K-5 students with their teacher (Annie) in their new classroom in the annex

K-5 students with their teacher (Annie) in their new classroom in the annex

The kids started using the classes of the annex last year when the school year began. Although the annex didn’t have doors and paint, the building had been zincked, the windows fixed, the walls plastered, and the floor done. So there was no major pitfall to prevent us from using the annex.

A K-4 student doing mathematics on the blackboard

A K-4 student doing mathematics on the blackboard

The only things remaining are the painting of the building, the installing of the doors and the fixing of the ceilings. As we indicated in our previous article about the stealing of the kitchen roof, we have not placed installed doors on the annex for fear that they could be stolen.

Franklin (teacher) teaching in one of the classrooms

Franklin (teacher) teaching in one of the classrooms

The kids currently using the classrooms of the annex are those of K-4 and K-5.

Teacher and students interacting in the K-4 classroom in the annex

Teacher and students interacting in the K-4 classroom in the annex

Again, we are thankful to all those who helped us make the starting and completion of this annex a reality. We also wish to, on behalf of the kids and the Parent-Teacher Association, extend special thanks and appreciation to Mike Nilsson and Marijke Silander (two siblings of the late Tauno Silander} for the extra humanitarian effort they applied in the process.

The two doors of the annex, with students in the classes in the background

The two doors of the annex, with students in the classes in the background

The two-room annex seen behind kids during devotion

The two-room annex seen behind kids during devotion

Lena and Anders Visit Liberia, Donate to School

Our international contact persons in Europe and sponsors of the school and the kids, Lena and Anders, a Swedish husband and wife who have been assisting the kids since they came in contact with the school more than four years ago, arrived in Liberia for a one-week visit to the country they so love to come to.

Anders unpacking the items for delivery to Paul at Libassa, as Lena with her Liberian hair plait looks on

Anders unpacking the items for delivery to Paul at Libassa, as Lena with her Liberian hair plait looks on

Lena and Anders, who arrived on April 10, came with a team that wanted to undertake a project in Liberia.  Because their one-week schedule was very tight, they were unable to visit the school and spend some time with the kids and the staff, as they had always done. Notwithstanding, they turned over to Paul the items they brought with them, including things they themselves brought and those donated by others. They also brought special gifts from Swedish sponsors to the kids they sponsor in the school.

Anders giving basketballs to Paul

Anders giving basketballs to Paul

The items they brought include footballs, basketballs, football pumps, basketball nets, phones, etc.

Anders and Lena showing Paul the items they have donated

Anders and Lena showing Paul the items they have donated

Paul received the items from Lena and Anders in Libassa Ecolodge, a jungle-like resort area located by the sea in Marshall. It is a must-see area that Paul, as well as Lena and Anders, would encourage travelers to Liberia to spend their summer vacation.

Anders, Lena and Paul with the donated items

Anders, Lena and Paul with the donated items

Anyway, Lena and Anders left Liberia for Sweden on Sunday, April 17, but they plan to return to Liberia in November, at which time they will visit the school and interact with the kids and the staff.

Paul and Anders holding some basketball materials

Paul and Anders holding some basketball materials