Reclaiming Hope for Tomorrow
ACE Liberia’s work is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and supporting the recovery of post war Liberia. ACE Liberia Board of Directors work closely with Liberian government officials, community leaders, institutions, NGOs, and faith-based entities to ensure the quality and success of each project we support .
ACE’s Education & Health Projects
Teacher Development and Continuing Education
Summer of 2018, ACE expended its impact in quality education through a teacher training program in collaboration with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter (Zeta), Kakata Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI), and Liberia Community Network (LCN).
In Phase One, eight Zetas volunteers came to Liberia to facilitate the train-the trainer segment, joined by two Peace Corp volunteers. The Zetas had spent several months developing materials based on the input from KRTTI instructors, principals, and teachers for the training. The volunteers also brought with them items that were presented throughout the training as incentives: instructional material, backpacks, laptops, tablets, puzzles, books, etc.
The participants included 11 instructors from KRTTI and 24 school administrators from low-income, primary schools. Training was conducted daily from 9am to 4pm with breakfast, lunch and a transportation allowance provided. At the conclusion of training each participant received one of 2 types of certificate: Certificate of Participation was given to all attendees; and Certificate of Completion was received by individuals who successfully passed the post-test.
For Phase Two, the KRTTI instructors that were trained in Phase One provided 3 weeks of intensive training for 98 teachers from 20 primary schools located in Margibi County and Montserrado County. Classes ran daily from 9am to 4pm and teachers voluntarily attended evening tutorials in math. As in Phase One, two categories of certificate were awarded – Certificate of Participation and Certificate of Completion. ACE is providing support to the 20 schools that participated in the training with monthly tutorials throughout the academic year.
ACE would like to thank our collaborating partners and all donors who helped fund the project, and local businesses that donated food making it possible to increase the number of participants.
Ann Sandell Independent School (ASIS)
ASIS is a community-based, K-9 institution with low registration fees that are competitive with government schools. There are a number of students that cannot pay the modest fees who are enrolled through scholarships. A high percentage of the students are not living with their natural parents. The guardians of some of the children have little interest in their education or general well being, due to their struggle to provide a living for their own families.
ASIS was established in 1998 by a young woman who lost her family during the Liberian civil war. She started by tutoring and counseling children in her neighborhood who were traumatized by the war. The school compound now consists of 13 buildings made with mud bricks, plastered with cement. There are about 800 students from kindergarten through 9th grade. The school caters to students from poor families in the community. Many of them are not living with their natural parents and are often subject to neglect and abuse.
Pastor Ann Sandell of Lovepower Ministry in Minnesota provided the funds for the first classrooms and continues to assist the school. Africa Community Exchange (ACE Liberia) assists the school with teachers’ salaries and training, school supplies, and professional expertise. Every year since 2006, Unity Church of Charleston has held a fundraiser (African Market) the last Sunday in April for the school. NDUTIME Youth & Family Services, Inc. provided funds for generators and building restroom facilities. Other organizations, such as The Links, Incorporated, have also donated resources including books, supplies, and the establishment of a school library.
ACE continues its annual support to the school by providing salaries for three specialty teachers in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The teachers utilize their time in the classroom, as well as facilitate skills-building workshops for other teachers.
ACE has also partnered with the National Association of University Women in their support of the school. The NAUW has donated funding for the completion of the school cafeteria and improvement of the feeding program for students.
School for the Blind
ACE partners with The Links, Incorporated to build and equip a library and improve other facilities at the school.
Presbyterian Todee Mission
ACE is also partnering with The Links, Incorporated to provide textbooks for the school and overseeing the purchase of microscopes for the school’s science laboratory.
Since 2007, ACE has provided staff development training for teachers. In 2010, ACE received funding from Plan International to conduct teacher training at Ann Sandell Independent School. In 2013, ACE partnered with The Links, Incorporated and conducted a Train-the-Trainers seminar for participants from the Ministry of Education, University of Liberia, Ann Sandell Independent School, AME University, and School for the Blind.
Ministry of Health Initiative
In 2010, through donations made by Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, Inc. and others, ACE was able to ship a container of medical equipment and supplies through Firestone Donor Services to the Ministry of Health. The equipment and supplies were distributed to hospitals and clinics throughout Liberia.
ACE has worked with Liberian government entities and other organizations by recruiting professional experts to serve as consultants.
Literate Liberia Movement
Literate Liberia Movement was a grassroots initiative started by ACE in 2009 dedicated to promoting literacy. The goal is to recruit teachers and students to help teach others to read and write within their communities. In 2010, this project was endorsed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf under the EACH ONE TEACHES ONE campaign. That same year, this effort was also supported by Friends of Liberia.