Feed My Lambs Liberia began in 2004 with one school, 50 children and all-volunteer teachers following the conclusion of the 14-year Liberian civil war that nearly brought the country to collapse. Today, we are blessed to have three schools serving 900 children in grades pre-K – 6. One school is in Ganta and two are in Paynesville.
We are blessed, too, with the fine leadership of Pastor Benjamin Tomah and his wife Mandu, as well as a devoted staff of 30 now-salaried teachers who dedicate their lives developing these Liberian children spiritually, academically, physically and socially, to help them thrive as they grow up in this war-torn country. Because the reach and resources of the Liberian government remain severely constrained, efforts by community-building, non-government groups such as Feed My Lambs play a key role in rebuilding the country. We are thankful that God has placed us in Liberia to work with the Tomahs and our teachers to reach and teach His children there.
While we thank God for our accomplishments to date in Liberia, we also are compelled to report that our schools there are in financial crisis. Already at full capacity and with surging waiting lists, building improvements and expansions are critical to continue operation … to continue serving the precious children who need them.
Most urgent is a new roof for our Ganta school, which has 300 students and a long waiting list. Right now it has eight working classrooms in an as-yet unfinished building, the framework of which is held together only by mud until funds can be raised to buy mortar. With the rainy season fast-approaching, the entire school could be washed away if we can’t supply funds for a new roof and mortar. The cost is $17,000 to keep this school standing.
Our two schools in Paynesville face similar crises. The Tomahs cannot secure necessary permitting at the Garza and 72nd Street schools until we are able to provide working latrines and fencing, requiring a total of $6,200. The reason permitting is so critical is that once we secure permits, the government will formally recognize the facilities as schools and then – only then – will provide financial assistance. Ironically, therefore, we need funds to qualify for securing government funds that are, in fact, available, despite Liberia’s continued climb out of the wreckage of its civil war.
Other needs at all three schools certainly exist, from building additional classrooms, to securing continued monies for teacher salaries, to acquiring building equipment and computers. Yet it is acquiring the funds needed for these construction and permitting requirements that is most urgent. God’s instruction to us at Feed My Lambs is simply to share the vision He has given our ministry and let Him move on the hearts of people who are to give. If He moves your heart to support our Liberia schools, we praise Him for it and thank you for your willing and generous spirit.