I want to report that your grant to the Liberian Assistance Program (LAP) has been spent! We regret that it took us so long to complete the project you funded. As you may recall, you gave LAP $300 in the fall of 2009 to build chairs for the new Barack Obama school that we are building and supporting in Cow Field, Liberia.
We had expected the project to be completed earlier, but the principal suggested we delay building the desks until he had the doors and windows on the school, so he could secure the desks safely in the building. That sounded sensible to us. Now, more than 100 desks have been completed (each desk costs $15 for the materials and construction that is done in the village). The remainder of the desks will be built in the next few months. I am enclosing photos of some of the desks with children sitting in them, plus a couple of photos of the school.
In addition to your grant, we also received funding for the desks from the Friends of Liberia and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of WI-Madison.
We had hoped the school would open last fall, but we delayed it to the fall of 2011, since our principal wanted everything to be in place before opening the doors. The building was completed in March, but we are still in the midst of furnishing it with textbooks, the rest of the desks, a water pump, etc.
The president of the Friends of Liberia visited the principal and the school just last month and was impressed with the progress and gave us some good suggestions for moving ahead.
We feel very fortunate to be working with the principal, Jessie Kekula, a student of mine when I served in the Peace Corps in Liberia in 1964-66. We also feel fortunate to have two members of our advisory committee living in Monrovia, Liberia - Lyn and Jim Gray, former Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia. As the school has been built, Lyn goes over the expenses with Jessie, after each $2,000 has been spent.
Again, we very much appreciate your help with the desks. If anyone in your group expects to travel to Liberia, we would hope he or she might stop to see the Barack Obama School in Cow Field, just outside of Monrovia. I think you would feel proud to be a part of this project, completed by a former student of a Peace Corps volunteer.
Judy Reed, Chair, Liberian Assistance Program
PCV Liberia, 1964-66