Giving children and young adults the chance to learn remains one of the most urgent priorities in Liberia. So thank you for being part of the solution with your ongoing prayer and faithful support.
Our team in Liberia writes—
We don’t want any child to be left behind in Libera.
Not even one.
Which is a challenge since Liberia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 80% of our population are subsistence farmers (meaning they grow enough food crops to meet the immediate needs of their family) and unemployed citizens who live beneath the poverty line.
And as a result, education isn’t the priority, and generations of children have grown up uneducated.
Very few students have the academic ability or the financial means to attend university. And so, very few students have the vocational training or career training necessary to find employment.
Unfortunately, students who fail to succeed in Liberia’s educational system believe they have no options. So they often turn to drugs, alcoholism, and gambling.
And the poverty cycle continues.
Lifesong Christian Academy in Liberia started in 2012.
It began as a school to provide education for orphans at The Master’s Home of Champions Orphanage using the Liberian government school curriculum. With more than 100,000 children orphaned in Liberia due to decades of on-going challenges, giving kids a good education was one tangible way to offer the love of Christ.
This year, we’re thrilled to have an enrollment of 331 students with 14 classroom teachers and 4 staff members.
But we want to do more.
Specifically, we want to provide the vocational training and career training necessary for young people to find employment. We believe this is one of the most impactful ways we can help change the poverty cycle and bring joy and purpose to the next generation.
Introducing Lifesong Liberia Vocational College
In March, we launched our vocational program with 100 students from our school and from the Marshall community.
The students are currently enrolled in four programs, all of which are being taught by professionals:
- general construction
We’re hoping to add catering, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical wiring—all of which will provide our students with employable skills they can carry into their future.
In addition to learning the hands-on skills needed for these careers, the Vocational College will teach leadership, management, and accounting skills. The students will be mentored by teachers and staff, and they will graduate with certificates that will enhance their employment opportunities.
Most importantly, they will have the tools they need to provide for themselves and their families and a better hope for a better future.
Would you pray?
Would you say a quick prayer today for the new vocational school? We’re asking God to do more with this new school than we could ever ask or think. And we’re trusting that God will continue to bring the right students, teachers, and staff along the way.
Never underestimate what God can do through your prayers and support. You are an important part of our ministry in Liberia. Thank you!