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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).

 

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.

Lena and Anders Visit Liberia, Donate to School

Our international contact persons in Europe and sponsors of the school and the kids, Lena and Anders, a Swedish husband and wife who have been assisting the kids since they came in contact with the school more than four years ago, arrived in Liberia for a one-week visit to the country they so love to come to.

Anders unpacking the items for delivery to Paul at Libassa, as Lena with her Liberian hair plait looks on

Anders unpacking the items for delivery to Paul at Libassa, as Lena with her Liberian hair plait looks on

Lena and Anders, who arrived on April 10, came with a team that wanted to undertake a project in Liberia.  Because their one-week schedule was very tight, they were unable to visit the school and spend some time with the kids and the staff, as they had always done. Notwithstanding, they turned over to Paul the items they brought with them, including things they themselves brought and those donated by others. They also brought special gifts from Swedish sponsors to the kids they sponsor in the school.

Anders giving basketballs to Paul

Anders giving basketballs to Paul

The items they brought include footballs, basketballs, football pumps, basketball nets, phones, etc.

Anders and Lena showing Paul the items they have donated

Anders and Lena showing Paul the items they have donated

Paul received the items from Lena and Anders in Libassa Ecolodge, a jungle-like resort area located by the sea in Marshall. It is a must-see area that Paul, as well as Lena and Anders, would encourage travelers to Liberia to spend their summer vacation.

Anders, Lena and Paul with the donated items

Anders, Lena and Paul with the donated items

Anyway, Lena and Anders left Liberia for Sweden on Sunday, April 17, but they plan to return to Liberia in November, at which time they will visit the school and interact with the kids and the staff.

Paul and Anders holding some basketball materials

Paul and Anders holding some basketball materials

Visiting Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan Fills My Heart with Joy by Lena Marner

On April 9 this year, we – my husband Anders (his Bassa name is “Ah Bah,” meaning “our father”) and I (my Bassa name is “Ah Dey,” meaning “our mother” in Bassa) – had the opportunity to visit the school for the third time in one year. As always, when visiting the school, we felt very welcome. The children, staff and parent association greeted us with songs.

Doris Hills, Rita’s mother, making statement during the program (Photo by Lena)

Doris Hills, Rita’s mother, making statement during the program (Photo by Lena)

After the welcome songs and other activities, some parents, including Madam Doris Hills and Madam Mary Tugbeh, also gave speeches.  Doris is the mother of student Rita, a girl we are sponsoring in the school, while Mary is the grandmother of Augustine, a little boy we are also sponsoring in the school. What a moment of joy and happiness!

Along with us was a group of Swedish people whom we had brought with us to visit the school during the trip. Some of them had lived in Liberia long time ago and others were visiting Liberia for the first time ever.

Mary Tugbeh, Augustine’s grandmother, speaking at the program (photo by Lena)

Mary Tugbeh, Augustine’s grandmother, speaking at the program (photo by Lena)

At the end of the engagement with the children, the group accompanying us had the opportunity of sitting in a classroom to learn the spelling and pronunciations of their new Bassa names. This was a very special gift from the school to us Swedes, for giving something that means something is highly appreciated, and it is the most valuable of all gifts. I certainly know they were very happy about the visit to the school.

One of the most positive things with the school is seeing so many familiar faces. It is great to know that parents are involved in the school. Education and knowledge is one of the key things for a good life; another key thing for a good life is health.

Student Augustine (sponsored by us) saying a recitation at the program (Photo by Lena)

Student Augustine (sponsored by us) saying a recitation at the program (Photo by Lena)

It is amazing to see that even the small children understand the importance of education.  I observed on their part a huge willingness to learn, and this is a very, very good sign. There is a need for them to be encouraged and helped in whatever way possible.

And I understand the parents struggle to keep their children in school. It is not easy in a country that is in the process of rebuilding itself after years of civil wars when so much was destroyed.

The Swedish guests being taught their Bassa names (Photo by Lena)

The Swedish guests being taught their Bassa names (Photo by Lena)

Meeting the children, staff and parents at HLF School fills my heart with joy, and I am confident that these smart and kind children, who are the future of Liberia, will contribute to sustainable growth in Liberia, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

We look forward to meeting them next time.  Until then, we say to them, “Study hard; have fun and take care.”

Staff member Andrew Garsuah teaching the guests their Bassa names (Photo by Lena)

Staff member Andrew Garsuah teaching the guests their Bassa names (Photo by Lena)