The School Adoption Project


The School Adoption Project is Smile Liberia’s primary means of implementing its mission in Liberia. The project was launched in 2010 and is based on research conducted on the educational sector in Liberia and our own ongoing research into the needs of individual schools in meeting standard academic statuses. Funding in the amount of approximately $300,000.00 is needed for the total implementation of the project to cover staff and infrastructure development, direct student spending and basic community engagement.


After careful research and assessment, Children Hope Community School, an elementary school with about 100 children between the ages of 5-15; located in West Point, one of the world’s worst slums, was adopted to pilot the school adoption project. Smile Liberia will work with the community and the school’s authorities over the next 5 years to transform Children Hope into a modernized primary school and provide learning opportunities to more children in that community.

Over the last year, Smile Liberia has made 2 major school supplies donations to the Children Hope Community School. However, the school still has a number of critical needs. During a visit by a Smile Liberia delegation, there were some disturbing reports:

  •  The school building is poorly built, which leaves the children vulnerable to natural disasters
  •  Educational incentives such as chalkboards, school supplies, notebooks, textbooks, etc. are in short supply
  •  The average grade level of the teachers is 9th grade
  •  The children’s only source of drinking water is kept in a 3-gallon container under the headmaster’s office desk; a single glass is shared by around 100 students
  •  The children have no food during recess
  •  More than 60% of the student population has to sit on the floor due to the lack of chairs. Some students even have to carry their chairs home to have it reserved for the next school day.
  • The school is located in close proximity to the power plant, which is quite dangerous
  • Hygiene is a major concern. The lack of an interior restroom positions the school in a feces-infested surrounding.

To help resolve these issues at Children Hope, Smile Liberia has put together several short term goals for 2011-2012 operational years:

  • Full Scholarships for 25 students: it costs approximately $100/yr to provide tuition and uniform for one student
  • Donate 10 chalkboards
  • Donate 50 chairs and 20 tables
  • Replace the school’s roof
  • Provide training for at least 3 teachers

Within a period of 5 years, Smile Liberia’s goals are as follow:

  • Relocate Children Hope to an area that is more conducive for learning
  • Rebuild and expand the school to accommodate 500 students per academic year. This will provide learning opportunity for 400 other children in the West Point community
  • Include a library and computer lab in the new building so that the children are more exposed to technology and other important learning tools
  • Establish Children Hope as the hub of learning for disadvantaged children in the Monrovia area.

Ways to support the School Adoption Project:

Make a donation on our website

Make a donation on our GlobalGiving project site

Text "Give 10819" to 80088 to donate $10 from your mobile phone (messaging and data rates may apply)

Support the School Adoption Project by applying for our CapitalOne credit card.


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DSC00483-webAs part of Smile Liberia's commitment of working to improve the learning condition at Children Hope Community School through the School Adoption Project, the CEO of Smile Liberia, Mr. William Ward, recently paid a visit to the school. During his visit, Mr. Ward completed a massive renovation exercise at Children Hope. The renovation exercise included the replacement of the entire roofing of the school, replacement of the interior ceiling mats, painting of the interior and exterior of the school, and the replacement of old blackboards and arm chairs.

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