We Started a New School Year

We ended the 2015/2016 school year in July and closed for two months, but finally opened in September.

The Principal and a teacher posing with some kids

The Principal and a teacher posing with some kids

Registration started in August and continued until the reopening of school, that is, the 2016/2017 school year in September. We started with nineteen (19) kids, but we now have forty-three (43) children in the school.

Staff posing with students

Staff posing with students

Although our fees are low, unemployment and poverty prevent many parents from registering their kids and keeping them in school. Most people face financial difficulty in their lives, which affects their ability to send their children to school. Some parents whose children are sitting at home because of lack of money say they will register them for the second semester, which starts in February next year.

Some of the staffers of the school

Some of the staffers of the school

The kids continue to eat every day, as the school continues to receive food ration from WFP – rice, bulgur wheat, beans, oil, etc. in fact, the school has received food twice since we opened. This helps to keep the kids in school, and it also helps to lessen parents’ burden.

The Principal and the Registrar in the office

The Principal and the Registrar in the office

We are profoundly grateful to all those who continue to help the kids and the school, especially to David Turner, Lena Marner, Anders Marner and Mary Smith for their unconditional commitment to the kids and the school. They have selflessly stood by us since they learned about the kids and the institution.

Note: We are sorry for the delay in posting regular updates on the school. One of the main reasons is that the school no longer has a camera to take photos of its many activities as it used to happen. The camera that our Swedish sponsors gave us some time ago has spoilt, and it is causing us a very serious impediment.

HLF School Closes Academic Year 2015/2016

Help Liberia Foundation Community School located in Buchanan has closed for the 2015/2016 academic year for a two-month break that will end in August.

Attendees standing in front of the school building after the occasion

Attendees standing in front of the school building after the occasion

The closing program, which coincided with the kindergarten graduation exercise of the school, was held on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The Kindergarten Section had eight (8) kids. Six of them passed and two failed; however, only four (4) of them participated in the graduation ceremony because of financial reasons.

Graduates posing for photos

Graduates posing for photos

The exercise was held at the school for the first time ever, and it was characterized by recitations, dramas, singing, speeches and so forth. The guest speaker spoke on “The Importance of Obedience.”

Parents and students seen at the program

Parents and students seen at the program

Although the rainy season has been disturbing, parents, students, community residents, teachers and administrators attended the program.

Students waiting in line to receive food after the program

Students waiting in line to receive food after the program

At the end of the program, kids, staffers and parents ate together. The school cooked for everyone. There were two dishes – beans and rice and greens and rice.

The school’s Director, Paul Yeenie Harry, posing with the graduates

The school’s Director, Paul Yeenie Harry, posing with the graduates

The new school year will start the first week in September.

A cross-section of the kids at the program

A cross-section of the kids at the program

We wish to thank all of you, the school’s sponsors and friends, for all the help, both moral and financial, given the school and the kids this year. We are appreciative of the assistance. We wish to say a very special thank you to Lena Marner, Anders Marner and Mary Smith for continuously identifying with the school.

A graduate receiving certificate during the occasion

A graduate receiving certificate during the occasion

As we look forward to beginning a new school year in September, we appeal that you will help the kids in any way you can so that we can continue to provide education to these disadvantaged kids in Liberia.

The guest speaker speaking during the program

The guest speaker speaking during the program

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