I like to thank you for you interest in partnering with me to promote literacy and level the playing field in Liberia’s education system. We have all heard that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” It may be doubly true in Liberia.
- 80% of all schools were closed at the end of the Civil War
- 42% of third graders cannot read
- 53% of the total population over 15years of age cannot read and write
- Many teachers have never read a book
- The unemployment rate had dropped as low as 85% under the current regime
After Liberia’s two civil wars the country’s infrastructure was completely destroyed. The last war, lasting 15years, left the country without its basic needs, such as running-water, adequate food supplies, electricity and proper education. The priority of the country quickly shifted from education to food and survival. Education came to a standstill and the literacy rate was estimated at 28% after the war.
In 2008, I served Liberia as a minister of the Gospel and an educator at Ricks Institute Baptist Mission School. Ricks was a “well-off” private boarding school that charged tuition. I came to knowledge that many children in the surrounding villages and townships were not afforded the opportunity to go to school and receive an education because of their economic situation.
One such neighboring village was Massaquoi in Peter Town, Liberia. Many of the workers at Ricks lived in Massaquoi. Through a fellowship with the Pastor of Massaquoi, D. Emmanuel Luo, a partnership was formed resulting in a proposal for Massquoi’s 1st school. According to Pastor Luo, founder of the school, the proposed name of the school was a “special dedication to an American missionary and educator’s commitment to volunteerism, which has given Massaquoi the greatest inspiration to serve in a similar manner.
Within a year classes were being held at the Michael Angelo Petty Elementary Community School (M.A.P.E.C.S). M.A.P.E.C.S is currently meeting in the village church. We currently have 96 students and 6 teachers. However, in order to be recognized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) the school has to have its own structure.
This is where you can help. First and foremost I solicit you prayers for safe travel to and from Liberia. Also, prayers for my family in my absence. Last, but definitely not least, pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit and transformation in the lives of the Liberians, the donors and myself. We will never be the same after this! in Jesus name.
Secondly, 100% of you contributions will go towards;
Construction of 4 – 6 classrooms to house the students at MAPECS.
- Dry Erase Boards
- Subsidize Teacher’s Pay
- Travel Expenses
- Teacher Training
ALL DONATIONS MATTER! LET’S BUILD HOPE, TOGETHER