Help Liberia Foundation Community School, our school in Buchanan City, celebrated its Gala Anniversary recently, with scores of activities taking place on the campus and outside the campus.
The school was established in 2005, and the celebration marked its 17th Gala Anniversary. It was a week-long celebration, but the two main days were Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the school played two games with the Sarah Samson George Public School in Buchanan. Our football team beat their football team 4 goals to 1, while our girls beat their girls’ kickball team 22 points to 4.
Then on Friday, the school had a country cook and a concert of music, with staff, parents and students having fun with various dance strokes.
Many thanks to all of our friends who continue to help us to operate the school, especially our Swedish friends, headed by Lena Thorne Marner and her husband, Anders Marner.
Our school in Buchanan, Help Liberia Foundation Community School, has hired a new Registrar to be responsible for the student registration and other related processes in the school.
The new Registrar, who was brought into the school last month, is Miss Janet Freeman, a smart and intelligent young lady living in Buchanan City. Miss Freeman will also help to teach one of the kindergarten classes.
We are happy to have Miss Freeman join the HLF Family, as she is a serious, determined and enterprising female.
The 2020/2021 school year, which was marked by restrictions posed as a result of the re-emergence of COVID-19, has finally ended, and the kids are resting and awaiting the 2021/2022 school year.
At the end of the school year, the school had in its enrollment records a total of 110 kids. Out of this number, 39 were girls and 71 were boys. Out of the total of 39 girls, 30 passed and 9 failed. Out of the total of 71 boys, 65 passed and 6 failed.
We extend our profound thanks and appreciation to our friends in Sweden, especially Lena and her team who are assisting the school and the kids by helping to pay teachers’ salaries. Lena and her husband, Anders, have been very instrumental in mobilizing resources for the sustenance of the school. We remain grateful to them.
We are also grateful to our teachers who sacrificed during those difficult months to teach the kids until the end. Our heart-felt thanks also go to Mary Smith, a dependable friend of the school.
The new school year will start next month, specifically, November 1. As we anticipate the resumption of classes for the new academic year, we are certain that the same God who carried us through will lead us according to His mercy and grace.
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.