The Liberia Education Project’s next mission trip will be to Liberia in early July 2012. At this time only Jacob Madehdou and a student intern (with Liberia roots) from Brandeis Univeristy are planning to go, but the opportunity is available to any volunteers. Our main task will be to assist our sister organization – Kawelle, an organization specializing in collecting and shipping school supplies – to distribute their container of full of school supplies. We will also be traveling to the Ghenwein Mission School in Bong County to monitor the progress of construction of our 5th and 6th classrooms. While there Jacob the Brandeis intern will run a VBS style camp for the local children. Contact Jacob or Dennis Fisher if you are interested in this once in a lifetime experience.
Currently our team is in Bong County monitoring the desk construction and stockpiling materials for classrooms 5 & 6. Any day now we hope to see pictures of the nearly 200 students sitting at their new desks.
Fundraising: Our next major event will be a Barbershop Concert on April 21st. A flyer is included in this Newsletter. Thanks to Lew & Irene Taylor and Ruth Werner for their assistance on this event especially related to contacting the choir and ticket sales. We will also need volunteers to make and donate refreshments (see Floss Sweger), usher, assist in the parking a lot and more. Lastly, if you know of any faith or civic groups who might like to see and hear about our project, please let us know. As always, thanks for your support of this critical global mission project.
LEP receives Black History Month Award
On Sunday February 26th Jacob Madehdou and Dennis Fisher accepted appreciation awards on behalf of LEP for “the excellent work being done in Liberia and the encouragement offered to the youth and young adults of the Agape International Baptist Church”. While the honor proved to be a humbling experience in terms of what so many are doing to God’s glory across the globe, it also allowed LEP to spread the word still further and widen our networks of supporters. The Agape church family is largely represented by persons with an association to Liberia. Five of the other honorees also had leadership roles in local, state and national Liberians Associations and African Coalitions. Please see Jacob and Dennis for more information and to check out the nice certificates.
The Feinstein Foundation $1 million Match Challenge
The months of March and April will mark the opportunity of a matching grant. For 15 years Alan Shawn Feinstein, a friend of Robert Hazard, has been sharing his blessings with nonprofit agencies around the country to “Fight Hunger”. See the attached letter for more details.
Here is how it works: Only gifts designated as part of the Feinstein Challenge will qualify for the matching funds. Complying agencies will receive awards from $250 to $35,000 proportioned to the amount of funds raised by each agency. LEP will be sending emails and letters to past and prospective donors with a direct appeal specifically related to the challenge. If you want to make a special contribution to be counted as part of the Feinstein Challenge please designate gifts with “Feinstein Challenge” in the Memo section of any checks and or put any cash in an envelope marked “Feinstein Challenge”. We would at least like the $250 minimum.