This is a quick update specifically on our on-going school human resource development projects in Lofa County, Liberia. This school project started in 2012 with the donation of a five acres of land space from the village people from Fessibu Town for the construction of a multipurpose leaning center.
This new school project is located in a town called Fessibu within the Zorzor District area of Lofa County Republic of Liberia. Both Zorzor and Fessiibu towns, are just about 15 minutes drive apart from each other.
Construction work on the first building which is 100 X 70 ft in dimension was expected to be completed by December last year (2012). Unfortunately, we could not complete the building within this time frame due to financial constraints, the lack of water and bad land road conditions in the country which made it difficult to transport building materials across the nation.
However, the project is nearing completion. The roof and zinc or tent has been placed on. The remaining work is to plaster the entire building and put the ceiling up. We intend to complete this project by the end of 2013.
What we need at this moment, is 400 desks and blacks for our classrooms at this new school facility which is about 9-12 hours drive from the nation’s capital city of Monrovia.
This piece of property have a school facility running from Nursery through twelve grade. There is also a public library and a computer training center The facility will be used by at least 2,000 persons including students, teachers, professionals and ordinary citizens for research, training, and capacity building programs as well as peace making and conflict resolution.
This project is very crucial to the work we are doing in Liberia. Lofa County is the second largest county in the country; comprising six of the sixteen tribal groups of Liberia. This is one of the second county in the country that was mostly affected by the 14 years civil war.
The completion of this project will go a long way in bringing hope and creating educational and employment opportunities for the local people in this under-resourced part of the world. We look forward to your continuous support and generous contribution as we strive to provide opportunities for the poor and oppress people of Liberia, one child at a time and one step at a time as we put hands together to build a nation.
WHY LOFA COUNTY?
When Liberia's civil war finally ended in 2003, there were no more than 1,000 schools in operation: over 50% of the country's schools had been destroyed. The post-war population was 2.5 million, but that has now increased to 3.5 MN. following the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees, who had been displaced in neighboring countries. About 1.75 MN. Of the population is under 15 years-old with 5%-6% suffering from HIV/AIDS. The challenges facing post-conflict Liberia are immense: with only 2,000 teachers, 62% of whom have no formal training, how do the politicians immediately meet the educational needs of the country's children without letting down a generation?
Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has six districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometres (3,854 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 270,114, making it the fourth most populous county in Liberia.
Lofa's County Superintendent is Galakpai Kortimai. The county is bordered by Bong County to the south and Gbarpolu County to the west. The northwestern parts of Lofa border the nation of Sierra Leone and the northeastern parts borderGuinea. Mount Wuteve, the highest mountain in Liberia, lies in the north-central part of the county.
As of the 1984 Census, the county had a population of 199,242. Many people left the area as refugees in 1999 and the early 2000s as it became a main focus of fighting during the Liberian civil war. The Red Cross said that in January 2004 many people had begun to return from refugee camps in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. At that time the county's population was estimated to be 34,310. The largest city and county capital is Voinjama with a population of 4,945.Foya is the second largest city (population 1,760). Lofa produced one of the nations most respected leaders in the late vice president Dr. Harry F. Moniba who served from 1984 - 1990.