Liberian Children’s Schooling Project

Liberian Children’s Schooling Project

by Dan Boeger

These photos, taken over the weekend of January 11-13, 2013, show the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) grant in action. Liberian Children’s Schooling Project is now digging the village water well in Gbarnsue (Mogana’s home village) – a village of about 500 families and perhaps 2500 population. This will be their first water well in their village saving the children a walk of about 5 miles to the neighboring village to carry containers of water and improving their water quality as well as quantity. The new well will be about 50 feet deep which should provide water even in very dry years. It will be located in the middle of the village next to their village church that now serves as their one room school. Here is an image of that new Gbarnsue school that just started in January of last year:

 

This image shows a village water well that is very similar to the one that soon will be pumping water in Gbarnsue. That village water well is being visited by the local Rotary Club whose members are wearing bright yellow shirts. Mogana is a new member of this Rotary Club, the Gbarnga Rotary Club. The Gbarnga Rotary Club hopefully will be chartered in a few months.

LCSP was awarded two MDG grants in 2012 – one for this water well and a second MDG grant to build a mud brick warehouse to house bags of paddy and milled rice and our Rotary grant rice mill that I helped assemble when I was in Liberia in February and March of last year. The dry season has just started in Liberia so they have started building the new rice warehouse.
 
In this Gbarnsue well site photo, the shovel marks the spot of the new well location. The man with the ‘K’ on his hat is Mogana’s half brother who is the Gbarnsue village chief. The fine gentleman with the gray hair is Isaac, a good agronomist and a graduate of Cuttington University. Isaac has his own surveying equipment that he used to lay out the gravity flow irrigation ditch into the lowland rice in the meadow at Gbarnsue and the small ditch into Bellemue’s garden area. With his hand on Mogana’s wheelchair is Wilson, Mogana’s third oldest son, his driver, and a very good mechanic in training.

This other photo shows a village discussion in Gbarnsue about the well site. As Mogana wrote in his email to me:

"This photo is also one of those taken during the discussions with the elders to host the well technicians in the town and to cooperate with them in every way possible."

Thank all of you for your continuing support that makes all of these grants possible.

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