RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA's VET center foundation and structural walls are complete, and the roof has been installed. The local Liberian-owned construction company, submitted a bid for the work in early 2018, and a generous grant by the German Embassy covered the budget.
In the meantime, however, a number of crises, including the Ebola epidemic, brought the country’s economy to a virtual standstill. An inflation rate topping 10% has led to sharp increases in the price of building materials, which means that the Liberian construction company can no longer complete the VET on budget.
Additional funds are needed to finish the building. $5,000 will cover the final costs of materials and labor.
It will be money well invested. The VET center will be owned by the community. We will be creating a vibrant space for a public library, a center for youth and adult literacy, a spacious weaving area, and workshop space for additional vocational training.
Nothing like this exists in Kolahun — no public library or community education space. The women in the Women’s Weaving Cooperative have no indoor space to weave during the rainy season (from May to October), greatly hindering their ability to sustain their business.
The VET center will be more than bricks and mortar. It is already helping grow new leaders.
Your dollars will go directly to the final construction budget. Make an impact. Give today.
Saundra Williams, MPH, MIA
Co-founder and Executive Director