I want to thank Chris Massie @ SKY Children Foundation for putting together a great trip to Liberia. We were able to teach how to make water sachet coin purses to over 40 students and teachers, with each student making a purse of their own. The students at Hope for the Deaf were so warm and welcoming! I am excited for a day not so far in the future, that these students can become active members of this forum. With access to computers and the internet, the students will be able to tell the world their fascinating stories.
I would like to thank Bishop John G. Innis of The United Methodist Church in Liberia for welcoming us warmly and for paying special attention to the needs of the deaf in Liberia. During our trip, we were graciously hosted by Missionary Priscilla Legay Jaiah who has formed a lasting relationship with Chris @ SKY Children Foundation. Priscilla has been instrumental in the development of Agricultural projects at schools from Monrovia to Ganta. Her vision is remarkable.
Lastly but not leastly, I would like to thank David Worlobah. David is the Coordinator of Hope for the Deaf. Last year, Chris and I guided David to four Schools for the Deaf in Ghana. David shared stories and engaged the students, impressing upon them their need to grasp the advantages that have been provided to them. During this most recent trip to Liberia, David shared his home, food, and vision for helping the deaf living in his home country. With the help of Davids right hand man, Assistant Coordinator Eric Drow, Hope for the Deaf is looking to establish schools that reach all the major cities in Liberia.
Because of the great efforts of the United Methodist Church, Hope for the Deaf is planning to start a boarding school in an area called the White Plains. White Plains is already surrounded by Coconut, Palm, and Rubber Trees, and was the home of a successful poultry farming operation prior to the war. During our visit, we toured the site and Chris decided to fund Phase One of the renovation of a poultry farm, which will house 300 layers. This will add to the abundance of resources in the area, helping to build an environment for agricultural studies for the students, as well as help to feed the surrounding community. Along with subject classes, students will engage in agricultural studies, shoe making and tailoring/dressmaking.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who made this trip possible. Enjoy the accompanying photos, with video to come when I have another moment.