|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:
To help resolve these issues at Children Hope, Smile Liberia has put together several short term goals for 2011-2012 operational years:
Within a period of 5 years, Smile Liberia’s goals are as follow:
Ways to support the School Adoption Project:
Text "Give 10819" to 80088 to donate $10 from your mobile phone (messaging and data rates may apply)
As 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.