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Thank You, Lena & Anders

We – the administrators, teachers, support staff and students of Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan City – would like to express our heart-felt thanks and appreciation to Lena Marner and Anders Marner for their decision to contribute specific monthly amount to the school for teachers’ support.

Anders (in blue African shirt) and Lena (in Purple African dress) during one of their visits at the school in 2013

Anders (in blue African shirt) and Lena (in Purple African dress) during one of their visits at the school in 2013

This monthly contribution from Lena and Anders, like the one from Anneli Hammarstrom, is helping us with the salary payment to our teachers.

Lena and Anders presenting gifts to Paul in 2016 for the school

Lena and Anders presenting gifts to Paul in 2016 for the school

Lena and Anders who have been paying this monthly contribution since July 2017. They both mean a lot for the school in Buchanan. Lena and Anders are considered the Mother and the Father of the school. They are our main international contact persons abroad and have been helping the school since they first interacted with the kids and the staff about five years ago.

Lena and Paul on the campus of the University of Liberia in 2014 before the Ebola outbreak

Thanks, Lena and Anders, for always being there for the kids and the staff of the school. We appreciate your assistance, care and love for the school.

 

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HLF School Starts 2017/2018 Academic Year

Help Liberia Foundation Community School, located in Buchanan City, has opened its doors to its students for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Students in line during morning devotion at the school

The school opened last month, September; meaning, the school year started September and will end in July of 2018. The school’s doors were opened to both old and new students, as well as old and new teachers. So far, there are seventy-one (71) students in the school.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who continue to help us in the process to give education to the unfortunate children that attend our school. It is our prayer and hope that we will have a successful school year.

 

Thank You, Anneli Hammarstrom!

We at Help Liberia Foundation Community School would like to express our deepest appreciation to Anneli Hammarstrom, a Swedish citizen who has made the humanitarian decision to donate a specific amount to the school every month for teacher’s support.

Anneli Hammarstrom

Anneli Hammarstrom

We are profoundly grateful to Anneli for this great assistance because getting money to pay teachers in our school which is virtually free is one of the most difficult problems we have faced over the years, so Anneli’s assistance has come at the right time.

Anneli lives in Vastera, Sweden. She is a classroom teacher who teaches English and Swedish,  and she teaches students with special needs, mostly in secondary schools.. Anneli got to know about the school through Lena Marner.

Like Lena Marner and many other Swedish citizens who are helping the school, Anneli really has Liberia to her heart. She lived with her parents in Buchanan from 1970 – 1973, when she was between 8-11 years old. She has not returned to Liberia since 1973, but she is planning to visit anytime soon.

Thank you, Anneli, for making the decision to help our school in this manner. We want you to know that we really appreciate this humanitarian gesture from you.

We would like to encourage you to encourage others to follow your example to and do what you are doing for the teachers in the school.

HLF School Closes, Graduates Four

Help Liberia Foundation Community School – a school established for the purpose of giving education to the underprivileged children of Liberia – has closed for the 2016/2017 school year.

The four kindergarten graduates being presented to the audience

The four kindergarten graduates being presented to the audience

The closing program, which occurred on Sunday, July 2, coincided with the graduation exercises of the Kindergarten Department of the school, with four kids graduating. Those who graduated will begin their primary-division journey, as they all are now in the first grade.

The occasion which brought together students, parents, teachers, administrators, and well-wishers was characterized by songs, recitations, jokes, speeches, and so forth.

P-T.A chairman certificating one of the graduating kids, as parents take pictures

P-T.A chairman certificating one of the graduating kids, as parents take pictures

Administration has set July 16 as the start date for the registration process of the new academic year (2017/2018), which will begin in September.

We strongly believe that educating the underprivileged children in the Liberian society is the best way to help them break the cycle of poverty and ignorance and give them a different future, a future that is better than what they find themselves in. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

A cross-section of the students during the program

A cross-section of the students during the program

It was in this regard that we embarked upon a journey a few years ago, a journey that seeks to help poor and disadvantaged kids in Liberia to get education, and we are extremely grateful to all those who are helping in their own ways to see this become a reality, and this includes all our Swedish and English friends and sponsors who are sponsoring some of the kids in the school.

For this year, we wish to express special thanks and appreciation to the following persons for their continuous assistance and encouragement to the school and the kids:

  1. David Turner
  2. Lena Marner and Anders Marner
  3. Mary Smith
  4. Anneli Hammarstrom, a Swedish citizen who has started donating some funds for teacher’s support
  5. Peter Malmberg
  6. EvaLi Lindgren and Jan Furtemark
  7. Christian Gromm
  8. Fredrick Hulten
  9. Johanna Asplund
  10. Maria Nilsson
Audience leaving at the end of the program

Audience leaving at the end of the program

Once again, many thanks to all the kids, the parents, the staff and the sponsors for helping the school have a successful school year. As we look forward to a new school year, we appeal to all of our friends and sponsors to continue to help the kids and the school.

 

HLF School Receives Easter Guests

The campus of our school in Buchanan was the scene of celebrations, games and interactions on Saturday, April 15, 2017, when some Swedish guests who had come to see the kids visited the school.

Guests and kids playing a Swedish game

Everyone connected with the school was elated. Although their visit occurred during the Easter Holiday, the kids, staff, parents and guardians, as well as excited residents of the community, thronged the campus to welcome and interact with the guests.

Kids interacting with the guests

The visitors, six in all, included the school’s Swedish Contact Person, Lena Thorne Marner (who was also the head of the delegation), Lotten Zetterstrom, Annaklara Zetterstrom, Frida Abrahamsson, Per Glimantsi, and Minna Brenner.

Kids playing games with the visitors

Not only did they bring toys, foot wear, clothes, school supplies, and sporting materials for the kids, they also played games with the kids and distributed some rice and candies among them. Lotten Zetterstrom also made a cash contribution from herself and one of her friends. Lotten and her husband lived in Yekepa where her husband worked with LAMCO in the 1960s. She was excited to be back in Liberia after more than fifty years, as she left Liberia in 1966.

Lena speaking at the program

Before their trip to the school, they had visited a few other places in Liberia, including Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County, Yekepa in Nimba County and various places in Monrovia.

The guests (L-R) Lena, Minna, Zotten, Frida, Per, and Annaklara at the in-door program held inside the school building

They all have already safely returned to Sweden. We are thankful to them for their visit. We are also appreciative of the many gifts they brought for the school and the kids.

The guests and some of the staff

It is our hope that they will continue to remember the kids in the school.

(click on a picture below to see a slideshow).