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Swedish Friends Donate to School

A few of our friends in Sweden have donated some items and cash to the school, and the school is grateful to them for the donations.

Staffers displaying clothes at the school

Staffers displaying clothes at the school

The donations, which included five (5) phones, few pieces of clothing, few school supplies, and US$416 (Four Hundred Sixteen United States Dollars) were, on behalf of the donors, presented to the school by Lena Marner when she visited the school during the Gala Celebration.

More clothes donated to the school

More clothes donated to the school

The phones and the clothes were sent by Elizabeth Thorne and her family. Elizabeth is one of our school’s regular friends and sponsors. Of the US$416, US$200 (Two Hundred United States Dollars) came from Lotten Zetterstrom and Anna Klara, who sent the money for the purchase of school supplies for the kids in the school. The balance US$216 (Two Hundred Sixteen United States Dollars) came from Anneli and Lena and her family, who are regular sponsors of the staff and the kids.

The phones sent by Elizabeth

The phones sent by Elizabeth

We are grateful to Elizabeth and her family, Lena and her family, Lotten, Anna, and Anneli for continuously helping us and the kids in Buchanan, Liberia.


HLF School Celebrates Gala Anniversary

Help Liberia Foundation Community School located in Buchanan celebrated its 13th Anniversary on April 25, 2018, in the City of Buchanan.

Lena taking the podium to deliver her speech to the audience

Lena taking the podium to deliver her speech to the audience

The program brought together students, staff, parents, civil society organizations, residents and well-wishers.

The program was comprised of songs, quizzing competitions, recitations, speeches, dances, crowning and sashing of the school’s Queen and other royal members.

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The Guest Speaker was Mrs. Lena Thorne Marner, the Mother of the School, who traveled to Liberia and spoke to the attendees. As indicated before, she spoke on the topic: “The Importance of Education in the New Liberia,” encouraging parents and students to see the role education plays in the lives of individuals and countries.

At the end of the in-door program, the attendees, including the students, were served food and drinks.

During the evening hours, there were football and kickball games between the Hope Academy and our school. For the football game, our boys drew with the boys of Hope Academy, while for the kickball, our girls beat the girls of Hope Academy.

It was indeed a wonderful day for all.

Note: There will be other articles about the celebration and about Lena’s visit to Liberia.

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.


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 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.

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