What’s New in Liberia?…
Jan 2016 20

Compassion Corps has continued to stay in close contact with our Liberian partners throughout these past two years of devastating Ebola breakouts throughout the country. We’ve collected supplies to ship, raised special funds, and have been in constant prayer for our friends there. But we have not been able to go visit since early 2013…until now!

So now that we’ve gotten a few people in country and have plans to take a full team in the summer of 2016, we thought it would be a great time to update you on our work and projects in Liberia.

1. Dorm completion and a brand new well at Martha’s Children’s Village:

The next two priorities there will be to build a communal kitchen area and begin the poultry project. SPECIAL thank you’s go out to: Grace Bible Fellowship Church for providing the funds for the well & TCA elementary students as well as Grace VBS kids for raising money towards the farm animals we will be able to buy for Martha’s start up business.

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2. Liberia declared officially Ebola-free:

According to an article from the World Health Organization:

“WHO commends Liberia’s government and people on their effective response to this recent re-emergence of Ebola,” says Dr Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative in Liberia. “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreaks. WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases.”

This date marks the first time since the start of the epidemic 2 years ago that all 3 of the hardest-hit countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—have reported 0 cases for at least 42 days.”

3. Barrel deliveries received with excitement:

The many generous donors who have been involved with collecting, making, purchasing and packing the barrels we sent to Liberia recently will be glad to know that they have arrived and  were receive with joy and gratitude.

For the children at Martha’s, Arthur’s and John’s school, we were able to send barrels containing:

  • Bibles
  • School supplies
  • Flip flops
  • Reading books (thanks to Meadowcroft Presbyterian Church)
  • Stuffed animals with an individualized note to each of Martha’s kids (thanks to Carlie Mannion & friends!)
  • Vitamins (thanks to John & Shirley Dennstaedt)
  • Pillow case dresses (thanks to the ladies of Media Presbyterian)
  • Sunday School Curriculum (thanks to Kim Williamson & the children’s ministry at Petra Christian Fellowship)

 

vitamins & flip flops in the top of a packed barrel

vitamins & flip flops in the top of a packed barrel

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a young Compassion Corps volunteer ready to pack barrels

 

our Liberian partners, excited to unpack the contents of the barrels

our Liberian partners, excited to unpack the contents of the barrels

 

MORE BARREL NEWS!: Two special barrels were sponsored and packed by a local fire company and delivered to the Liberian National Fire Service. P1160539Read the full story, view a news clip and find out how fire fighting gear from Pennsylvania ended up all the way across the ocean – and how it will help Liberian volunteer fire fighters save lives!

4. Exciting progress with the coffee endeavor:

A note from Jan, who is currently in Liberia, working almost exclusively on coffee business:

“I am primarily focusing on the task of seeking infrastructure funding for our Cup of Compassion coffee project. It has been very well received by the Liberian government (including President Sirleaf, their VP, the Minister of Commerce, and many others) and we have been selected by their Min. of Commerce as one of Liberia’s top new companies, in line for possible grant funding. We are submitting a proposal to the World Bank this week, and on my first full day here, yesterday, I was able to get our coffee on the shelves of Monrovia’s largest supermarket, and at another key marketplace, with orders for a lot more coc_video_thumbnailcoffee…It is exciting and promising – all in the hope of this social enterprise generating a consistent flow of funding for our Liberian Christian ministry projects, such as Martha’s orphanage, Tage’s clinic, and John’s and Marinda’s and Arthur’s schools.”

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