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LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA

#NDHope Honorees: Kimberly Moore and Dr. Jerry Brown (TIMES Magazine Person of the Year) have joined forces with "A New Dimension of Hope" charity to help bring education, medical, supplies and more to the children of Liberia.

Dr. Jerry Brown will help us lead a medical camp in Meh Meh Town village to help make sure our children are healthy enough to go to school! Dr. Jerry Brown has been featured in TIMES Magazine in 2014 as Person of the Year for coordinating the fight against the Ebola Virus, resulting in saving thousands of lives!

Dear friends, 

We are so happy to announce that we have adopted another country! This years chosen country is: Liberia, West Africa!  On my birthday May 1st, I  received a letter from a Liberian gentlemen by the name of Norman Ebenezer (Founder of A New Dimension of Hope charity) who spent the last 4 years building his dream school for a village in Liberia living under extreme poverty. After recently cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of the school with Nobel Peace Prize winner Leyman Gbowee, he soon learned that the school was burnt down and completely demolished. Not only was the site destroyed but so was the entire village where the children lived. Norman needed some help and wrote a letter to our Adopt A Country program at Kimberly Moore Foundation for support!

Norman Ebenezer, Dr. Jerry Brown (TIME Magazine Person of the Year) Carol Hruskocy (a Professor at Regis University) and I have partnered together to help bring education to the children of Liberia, however this time we plan to do it even bigger and better with a focus on girls education and collaborate with the villagers and create a sustainable model along with agricultural and farming, water wells and more. Our plan is to travel to Liberia on September 1st, meet with the local people in the village, talk to them about the benefits of girls education, tailor a plan that addresses their issues and concerns while supporting their needs, meet with the President of the country, University of Liberia and Ministry of Education to make sure these children will get the education they rightfully deserve!!

What we learned upon our visit:

A huge percentage of the children we met at the village lost their parents during the Ebola crisis. Many were left alone having to fend for themselves and were taken in by the local villagers at Memeh town.

Approximately 13% of children in Liberia have access to education. One of the biggest issues is the cost for education, as the majority of schools charge monthly fees. Many of the girls were not allowed to go to school due to sexual harassment. According to African tradition, many of the girls are taught to stay home, take care of siblings, learn to cook, collect water and prepare for marriage as early as 10 years old.  We found out that the majority of girls that were actually allowed to go to school usually quit due to sexual harassment by their male teachers and 70% quit due to menstruation.

Because of this issue, many of the girls are embarrassed, often humiliated especially because they have to share restrooms with males.

 

Liberia has one of the highest infant mortality and maternal mortality rates in the world as the girls are too young. It is said that nearly 80% of the girls between 15-18 years old are also infected with Aids or HIV and that almost 40% of the country is under the age of 14 years old.

The village we are adopting has nearly 3,000 residents. Almost 70% are young children.

 

The villagers expressed their desperate need for water, food, medical, education, vocational and agricultural training to sustain their village. They are also in need of solar lights as most crimes happen at night. Many of the locals use fire which is quite dangerous and as a result many homes in Africa catch fire.

After 3 weeks of living with the locals without running water, flushing toilets and electricity and building relationships with the children we realized if we can't just build them a school if children are sick, thirsty or hungry. The goal is to partner with various NGO's to make sure we take care of the urgent issues to make having an education effective. See below:

OUR GOALS:

  • Build a girl friendly school!

  • Build relationships with the locals and also tailored the school specifically to what they need and not what we think they need.

  • Speak to the local women about the importance and benefits of allowing their girls to go to school and completing secondary education!

  • Girls in our school would also be educated on reproductive health, sex education, personal hygiene, agriculture and more.

  • Assure the local villagers that by allowing their girls to complete their education we would be able to reduce the numbers of infant mortality, maternal mortality, decrease the AIDS pandemic in their village and decrease population. Note: Most women who complete secondary education usually get involve in business, social, economic activities or get involve in government. Educated women are known to invest right back in their communities and usually very good at empowering their girls to go to school!

  • All girls in school will be provided with reusable sanitary pads. (We need NGO partners for this)

  • We will also install 2 bathrooms, 1 for boys and the other for girls, as it's a big issue with girls getting sexually harassed by older males when sharing. Girls will no longer have to be embarrassed during their menstruation period.

  • Make sure we hire qualified teachers.

  • We will hire a larger percentage of female teachers as well to prevent fear from female students re: sexual harassment from their teachers.

  • Teach gender equality. All girls will also have an opportunity to get involve in sports. It is said that most girls that get involved in sports usually empower other girls in the community to go to school.

  • Educate parents on reading and writing.

  • Vocational training for adults or parents ( We learned that most men in the village were interested in learning agriculture, women want to learn to how to tie dye, sew, bake, make jewelry, soap etc..) all very simple things.

  • Micro loan lending for small businesses. {NGO partnerships needed),

  • After hearing their need for safe clean water. We will equip them with 3 water wells located in the main center of the village. (NGO partnerships needed)

  • Organize a farm/ community garden

  • The villagers are in need of a medical clinic or hospital. For now we will organize a medical camp to come in a provide check ups, surgeries and medicine. (NGO partnerships are needed) We are honored to have Dr. Jerry Brown of Liberia join our team and help lead our medical camp!

  • Midwife training and certification will also be needed incase of emergency.

  • Provide solar lights for entire village. (Kimberly Moore Foundation already provided 100 homes with LUCI solar lights- 300 more are needed)

IMPACT!

As of Sept 2016, the

Kimberly Moore Foundation

have provided solar lights to over 200 homes in Liberia.

See video on instagram

All women in the village said YES to allowing their girls to go to school and all teenage moms committed to finishing education!

More impact coming soon!

©2014 The Kimberly Moore Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS, and all donations to the Kimberly Moore Foundation  are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

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