Fighting one of the worst rainy seasons in a long time, major transportation problems, and the Ebola outbreak, phase 1 of the building project at the site of Martha’s new home took longer than expected. The older boys have been living on the site in the one finished dorm for a few months now, but the rest of the children had still been staying at a nearby Methodist retreat center that Compassion Corps had been renting for them.
But in spite of the extended timeline, in mid-February, Martha’s big family was finally able to ALL move into two brand new dormitories, complete with glass windows, long verandas, and running water in the bathrooms!
On moving day, the children’s gratitude and excitement was evident. John had spent the entire day assisting them with transporting the larger, heavier items in his truck. At the end of this long, but satisfying day of work, the kids finally settled in to their new living space – a beautiful home on the lovely hillside behind their school.
Phase 2 of the project will include one more girls’ dormitory, a small cottage for Martha, and a large dining hall/kitchen where the entire family of 70-plus will gather to enjoy meals together.
Please consider how you can help us complete this project in 2015!
Below, you’ll find a note directly from Pastor John concerning the move:
“Hello! Praise be to God that it finally happened today! Martha and the kids are all sleeping in their new home tonight. I assisted them the entire day in trucking all of the heavy items including their food, beds, dressers, etc. They are a very happy people today! I am also very happy!! And I know you too are!!! The glory goes to God.”
Since the beginning, it has been our goal to stimulate redevelopment of the coffee industry in Liberia, beginning in Nimba and Lofa Counties, with the aim of improving the welfare and opportunities of local coffee farmers (by means of fair wages, distribution assistance, and training). We believe this will also impact their local communities, the entire region, and hopefully all of Liberia, as well. We have planned to apply this same model and we expect similar results in Uganda and additional countries in the future.
October was a busy month for Compassion Corps! In addition to preparing and running the Orphan Day 5K and making final preparations to officially launch the Cup of Compassion coffee website, we were also blessed to host our dear friend and partner, Rev. Tage Swallie, while he was in the Philly area visiting for a few weeks.
As many of you know, Tage and his wife, Ruth, run Healthline clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. Needless to say, the responsibility they have taken on to provide care for their surrounding community has risen to a whole new level with the spread of Ebola in that region. [..]
On Saturday, October 25th, over 150 people ran five kilometers, or just over 3.1 miles, to raise awareness and funds for orphans in Liberia and Uganda. In honor of Orphan Sunday (which was November 2nd), Compassion Corps hosted its 4th annual 5K. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were honored to see so many smiling faces and willing hearts out at Ridley Creek State Park to participate in this event. [..]
Reports from Liberia indicate that the advance of the deadly Ebola virus has begun to lessen a bit. In Ganta, Nimba County, Pastor Arthur Wehyee has reported several times that conditions have been improving with less numbers of new cases and some very welcome recoveries. And in Lofa County, Pastor John Ndorbor’s home region and home to the majority of our partner coffee farmers, over the past 6 weeks there have been declining numbers of infected patients, with no new reported cases at all in the past week. But although less people are becoming sick in several counties, a member of the country’s Ebola Task Force and longtime partner at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Joseph Morris, has informed us that in Monrovia, Montserrado County, the crisis is still serious with 50 probable new cases this week. The World Health Organization is concerned that this “continuing intensity of transmission emphasizes the need to continue efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the capital.” (WHO, Ebola Situation Report, 11.5.14) [..]