-Provides modern bathroom facility, reading room, chairs, computers
Grow Hope Foundation, a local non-profit organization, has provided several school materials, including a reading room, armchairs, books, computers, among others, to Liberia Central Academy and other schools in Montserrado County.
The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sesay T. Johnson, who is based in the United States, said the foundation has supported initiatives, valued at over US$26,000, at the Liberia Central Academy.
The goal of the organization is to enhance schools and the lives of children by improving sanitation and proper hygiene and to ensure that pupils are computer literate. Many of the pupils are excited about the bathroom facility, reading room, and computers.
Sonny Fumbah, the coordinator of the foundation, said the bathroom facility project will be completed this week. “We visited this school in 2012, identified the needs of this school, and began support with books,” Mr. Fumbah said.
According to him, shortly after the donation of the books, the foundation began the construction of a hand-pump and armchairs.
“Nowadays children lack reading rooms in various schools. This led to the foundation building and furnishing a reading room. Interestingly, the children are overwhelmed with the level of support provided and continued to make maximum use of it, especially the computers and books,” Mr. Fumbah said.
Mr. Fumbah said the foundation has over the years supported several schools, including Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), with medical books.
According to him, the foundation has supported over eight schools with armchairs, books, computers, hand-pumps, and reading rooms. The schools included Paynesville Community School, New Life Christian Academy, J. M. Bannah International Christian Academy, and the Light of Christ Elementary School.
Mr. Fumbah said the foundation intends to fence the school in the future, to avoid students playing on the motor road, lauding Sesay T. Johnson for the level of support he continues to provide to students and schools.
Mr. Fumbah also indicated that the foundation is currently in search of a parcel of land to build one of the biggest libraries in the Paynesville area, particularly the Jacob Town Community; an initiative, he said, would serve hundreds of students.
He lauded the foundation’s partners, including Land Bridge, among others, for the support over the years.
James L. Morris, principal of the Liberia Central Academy School, praised the foundation for the level of support to the administration and students.
Mr. Morris, who has served as principal of the school for eight years, said he was delighted with initiatives undertaken by the foundation in support of young people to acquire better education.
He said the foundation’s initiatives at the school have helped to address many challenges, including chairs, hand-pump and reading room, stating, “Our school was totally in a bad condition, including the lack of safe drinking water, chairs, and books for students.”
“Today, our school has one of the best reading rooms, equipped with computers as well, through the support of Grow Hope Foundation. Prior to the coming of the foundation, we had to run around during school hours to get safe drinking water for the students,” Mr. Morris indicated.
Submerged in neglect and deprivation for many years, the students were overly joyous when the foundation began assisting the school in 2012, an official of the school said. He added that the foundation’s support is actually intended to improve the country’s education sector.
Mr. Morris said the school was founded in 2008 by young educators in the People’s building in Jacob Town, using blocks as chairs for the students. The school currently has 150 students and runs from nursery to junior high.
According to him, students from 1st to 9th grade attend computer classes on a schedule, stating, “We are now seeking support to have few teachers trained in computers, which will greatly help the school.”
Grow Hope Foundation is not a grant-making foundation. Its funding is generated from diverse sources.