Schools for Justice Updates and 2017 News

Thanks to your generous gifts, we are happy to announce that we were able to meet the 2016 financial needs of the Liberian Children’s Rescue Orphanage and Mercy Night School!   In particular, we are thrilled to report that last year’s special building campaign was an enormous success. We finished the majority of the new orphanage home construction and all 40 children moved in this month!  The Mercy Night School continues to flourish, growing 25% from last year to over 300 students in regular attendance.  Our fundraising goal for 2017 is to raise $15,000 to finish the orphanage home construction, and $50,000 to fund our ongoing orphanage and night school operations ($65,000 total).  We hope you will consider continuing your contribution to help fund these essential projects!

Liberia Children’s Rescue Organization

The new orphanage home allows all 40 children to live under one roof with more space, security, and privacy.   Unlike the former home, the new building provides indoor bathroom facilities and electricity for all of the rooms.  The children are already enjoying their brand new bunk beds and mattresses.  We can’t wait to put the final touches on the project by adding interior tiling, exterior plastering and paint in 2017!

Orphanage Construction Pictures

Along with the construction project, we continue to provide school tuition, uniforms, food, and medicine for all of the children. SFJ also covers the 10 staff salaries for the orphanage director, caretakers, cooks, tutors and security guards.

Orphanage Children In Their New Uniforms

Mercy Night School

The 2015-2016 school year was also a time of great progress for the Mercy Night School.  After the Ebola-shortened 2014-2015 school year, the teachers and students appreciated the return to a normal academic calendar.  The night school student body continues to increase at a rapid rate, up 25% from last year to over 300 students.  We’re in the process of achieving our long-term goal of high-school equivalency accreditation, and hope to have government approval in mid-2017.  We are continuing our commitment to improve the school building facilities by contributing to an ongoing cafeteria construction project.  Past years’ projects included exterior painting and bathroom construction.

Night School Elementary Students

In other news, we were incredibly blessed to have the talented web design team at Carillo & Co update our entire website pro bono!  Please check it out to see more pictures and news about how your donations have helped Liberians.  Finally, we are planning a visit to New Georgia in April 2017 (at our own expense, no SFJ donor funds will be used).  We can’t wait to see the orphanage children and night school students, and take many more pictures to show you!

What are our fundraising goals for 2017?
New Orphanage Construction Project Budget: $15,000
  • $6,500 for interior tiling work in the living room, kitchen and bathrooms

  • $6,000 for exterior paint and plastering

  • $2,500 for interior painting

Orphanage Operating Budget: $33,000
  • $19,000 to purchase one year of food, medicine, and household supplies

  • $8,500 to cover annual tuition, uniforms and school supplies for the 39 children

  • $5,500 for 11 orphanage staff salaries (director, 4 caretakers, 2 cooks, 2 security guards, 2 tutors)

Night School Operating Budget: $17,000
  • $11,000 for 16 night school staff salaries (principal, 13 teachers, 1 registrar, 1 janitor)

  • $1,200 for an annual school improvement project (bathroom renovations this year)

  • $4,800 to cover night school operations costs (monthly rent payment, publicity, electricity, school supplies, final exams)

GRAND TOTAL = $65,000

Note: Detailed, itemized budgetary information is available upon request

 How can you donate?
  • SFJ is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible.  All of SFJ’s projects are managed by local Liberians and overseen by volunteers here in the US, so 100% of donations go directly to the field

  • If you prefer to use PayPal, use this link: http://schoolsforjustice.org/donate

  • If you’d like to write a check, please make it out to ‘Schools for Justice Foundation’ and mail it to:

 Emily Witkop – Schools for Justice

2001 California St Apt 205

San Francisco, CA 94109

As you can see, your gift makes an enormous difference for these bright and resilient Liberians!  Feel free to email us if you have any questions, and please check out the rest of our new and improved website!

Thanks again,

Emily, Adam, and the SFJ Team