Our Resource Center is a library + after-school program + and computer lab all rolled into one. Many parents cannot afford to buy (all the) schoolbooks for their children. So, we did. We also have books for leisure reading and educational books about science, dance, culture, computers & programing, health, and astronomy. Plus comic books!
Between 2015 and 2020, we ran 4 educational clubs for children aged 5 – 20. In total, around 150 children participated in these on a weekly basis. Besides motor skills development for the very young (honed through crafting and drawing), we also paid attention to grammar, reading & spelling, and outdoor sports activities.
Teenagers had their own program. This included sex education, awareness about drug abuse & prevention, and lif skills to help them develop into responsible adults. They also received free computer education and we introduced economic skills with which they can earn money. Many children are expected to earn money – after school – to help their parents.
Women and girls in Liberia have to deal with a lot of sexual violence. For teenage girls, we therefore had a separate program about how to deal with sexual harassment & violence with referral to medical help where necessary.
In 2020 we launched our mini-library. There was immediate interest from parents and surrounding schools. So much so, that we ran out of space and some children had to sit in the computer lab.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we created a mobile library because we could not host groups. Our volunteers visited children at their homes to read with them and help them with their homework.
Our Resource Center launches in August 2021. In addition to the library and computer training, we will continue most of the activities of our Social Clubs. Including crafts, our spelling bee competition, which has wide renown, and various sporting activities. In addition, we offer study class, preparation for state exams and rental of sportswear to local teams.
The Resource Center is also intended to grow into a self-supporting social enterprise. Children pay a small membership contribution. In time, we hope to receive enough contributions to cover the operational costs.
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Damiefa School compound
(15 minutes walking distance from Dry Rice Market)
Dabwe Town, Gardnersville, Liberia
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