HLF’s Dedicated Teachers Helping Our Kids

One positive aspect associated with the operation of our school in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, is that the school has committed and loving teachers who are willing to help the kids obtain their education.

The kids whom we accept and help at the school are kids who come from poor background or whose parents are unemployed, and we are proud and happy that we have caring and committed teachers who are willing, ready and able to teach the kids.

Although our teachers are not receiving huge salaries at the end of the month because of limited resources, they still give themselves willingly to help the kids get their education, as they are aware that people’s lives can be changed though education, and children can have a better future as a result of education.

In a P-T.A meeting held at the school in May of this year, a female parent stood up and said, “I want to thank the teachers in this school because since my two children entered Help Liberia Foundation Community School, they have improved in their lessons. I am seeing the difference between this school and the first school my children attended. I am encouraging the teachers to please continue the good work.”

Indeed, we are proud of our teachers for helping us to develop these kids for a better future.

Special thanks and appreciation go to all of our Swedish friends and sponsors who are contributing some funds through Lena Thorne Marner and Anders Marner every month to help with teachers’ salary payment.

HLF School Re-opens

Our School in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, re-opened its doors last month for the 2020/2021 academic year, with both old and new students starting the new school year.

Our kids

It is interesting to note that a total of one hundred fourteen (114) students, as well as ten (10) staffers, are starting the school year. The ten staffers include three (3) new teachers.

According to the calendar of events released by the Ministry of Education, the current school year will end on September 30, 2020.

A cross-section of our kids

However, many other school-age children are still not in school because of the financial constraints their parents face – because of poverty. It is sad!

Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry, the Chairman of the Board of the school, visited the kids and the teachers and spent some time with them last week. The kids are excited to be in school.

Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry and the teachers, as they display the design/plan for the proposed school construction

We are grateful to all of our sponsors and friends who continue to help the school. It is because of their continuous, selfless donations and assistance that we are able to give education to these kids from a poor background. We are all partners in progress. Let us not fail these kids for any reason whatsoever.

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.