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DJ Williams Projekt to Headline 9th Annual Fundraiser to Benefit Education in Liberia
Africa Community Exchange Liberia (ACE Liberia) is pleased to announce that DJ Williams Projekt will bring their unique blend of raw beats and refined melodies to its 9th Annual Projekt for Progress on July 1, 2022. The fundraiser kicks off at 7 PM at The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with 100% of the proceeds to fund ACE Liberia’s Teacher Development Program.
“It’s great to be back in Richmond partnering with ACE for the 9th time,” says DJ Williams, founder of the DJ Williams Projekt. “Not only do I love being back in my hometown, but also my mother was raised in Liberia and was one of the founders of ACE 15 years ago, so I grew up seeing the positive impact they’ve had on the education system there.”
Out of the ashes of a 14-year civil war, where 80% of the 2,400 established schools were destroyed, ACE Liberia’s long-term and consistent efforts on teacher training and continuing education have positively impacted over 200 teachers and nearly 7,000 students so far. Teachers like Christina Smith can attest to the impact ACE’s Teacher Development Program has had on her professional skills. “Not only have I learned to be a better teacher for my students, but I am also now able to develop other teachers in my school,” she remarked.
ACE Liberia is a non-profit based in the United States and Liberia that has created a successful model for education in a country the World Bank ranks 8th poorest in the world. The organization’s work helps to normalize the lives of youth in Liberia and give them hope for brighter futures. Students like 8th grader Kairina Karr, who plans to be a teacher and 10th grader Jamesetta Bonokai who hopes to be a doctor.
“Projekt for Progress is our primary fundraiser,” says Tonyehn Verkitus, ACE Liberia Board Chair. “We understand that with only 54% of Liberian children finishing primary school, we have more work to do.” ACE hopes to enroll an additional 120 teachers this year in the Teacher Development Program.
To purchase tickets in advance please visit The Broadberry. For more information about ACE Liberia’s work, go to www.aceliberia.org or call 804-241-1294 or to learn more about the DJ Williams Projekt and founder DJ Williams, visit https://www.facebook.com/djwprojekt/ and https://djwilliamsmusic.com/.
About ACE Liberia
The mission of Africa Community Exchange (ACE) is to provide a model of education for African youth that helps meet their basic needs and normalize their lives, allowing them to overcome the impact of disaster and conflict. ACE began with a group of concerned, former Liberian residents now living in the United States who wanted to make a difference
beginning in their homeland. ACE Liberia’s goal is to facilitate resources and funding for selected educational, health, and livelihood projects. Through the Teacher Development Program, ACE Liberia has impacted the lives of over 7,000 primary school children. ACE programs and operations are overseen by volunteers in both the U.S. and Liberia.