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Vocational Trade School

The Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf - Liberia, West Africa

Update - August 2013

We just returned from our 5th trip to Liberia since May of 2010, our 2nd trip this year.  The trade school is more than 90% complete and was dedicated, to the glory of God, in February of this year.  Funds are still being raised to put the final touches on the school buidling and furnish it with the needed machines and tools for each specific trade that will be taught.

The 5 acres of land, at the deaf school, are in desperate need of fencing and we are currently accepting donations for the construction of a concrete-block fence for protection of the children and the prevention of theft. This is an ongoing problem.  The estimated cost of the fence is approximately $45,000.

If you have additional questions about the Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf, please do not hesitate to contact me, Becky Lloyd, beckyblloyd@gmail.com or 828-691-2581. 

History of the Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf

The current African Christians Fellowships International (ACFI) Deaf home/school is located just outside Monrovia, Liberia in a community called Barnersville. Five acres of land was purchased and construction was begun on a planned multi-building campus with dorms in 2007. Before completion of the first building some 40 Deaf children and their caretakers were forced to move from their previous location into a single unfinished building. All building funds were depleted at this point.

In 2009, a grant was secured by Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf's son, Robert, providing funds to complete bathrooms, painting, and windows in this first building. However, the foundation for the 2nd building was left untouched and the children and caretakers continue to live cramped in the single building which houses both classrooms and dorm rooms for both boys and girls.

In 2010, ACFI named the Deaf School after the Deaf grandparents of their first Liberian child adopted following the civil war's end; Oscar & Viola Stewart. Fund raising efforts for completing the 2nd building-the Vocational Trade School-began in early 2011.

The first installment-$10,000-was wired to ACFI in February 2011 and construction on the new building began in March. Some of the older Deaf boys at the Deaf Mission have been trained in concrete block-making and their blocks are being used in this construction. A photo-gallery of the construction process is below.  It is estimated that approximately $20,000 is needed to complete the building of the school, which includes the construction of a concrete-block fence around the perimeter of the 5-acre campus.  Completion date is scheduled for early 2013.

The completion of the Vocational Trade School will provide the children at the Deaf Mission, and others, the opportunity to learn trades that will increase their possibility of become self-supporting in the Liberian society. Please ask God to show you how you can become involved with helping raise funds for the building of the trade school?

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

You can give HOPE today!

Donate to the construction of the Vocational Trade School at the Liberia Deaf Mission.
Any amount is accepted and greatly appreciated!

Make checks payable to Signs for Hope and mail to PO Box 460
Fairview, NC 28730

 

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