Education

Understanding your potential is the key to empowerment and sustainability. It enables you to learn to rise above the opinions of others.  

The education system of Liberia lags behind many other African nations, due to the country’s prolonged and brutal civil wars and the outbreak of the Ebola virus. According to USAID, the Primary School Net Enrollment Rate, the percentage of primary age students attending elementary school grades, is only 44 percent. Schools are over populated. Supplies are limited. Teachers are not well trained or paid. While the Liberian Ministry of Education is trying to rebuild its educational structure and curricula, many children, especially orphans, lack access to education.

The financial predicament of many families also plays a factor into low school attendance rates. Even if school is free, parents must absorb hidden costs such as uniforms, pencils, supplies, and cannot afford to send their children to school.

DKF is working within Liberia to help families in need and orphans receive an education. This is achieved through The Delano King Foundation Africa Orphans Initiative Scholarship, which empowers orphans by supporting the costs of their elementary and secondary education each year. Our end goal is to integrate these children into the community and inspire leadership.

Scholarship recipients include orphaned or bereaved students who demonstrate academic achievement and a strong potential to succeed. The scholarship also provides physical and spiritual mentorship, with the goal of helping students get support and assistance with their study of various subjects and establish a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As we move ahead in our work supporting access to education in Liberia, the DKF hopes to eventually build schools and offer tutoring within the Montserrado County, Gbarnga, and the Paynesville 72nd area.

An Orphan’s Story

Tetee Williams mother – Marthalene Williams was the first patient in the 72nd Pennsville Community to have contacted the Ebola Virus through her cousin. She begins to feel some symptoms but disbelieved it was Ebola; believing it was a symptom of her pregnancy. Later her condition got worse and she was rushed to the hospital with the help of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan. Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan later died from Ebola on October 18, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.

Marthalene Williams was seven months pregnant when she arrived at the hospital. Unfortunately for her, the hospital turned her away for the lack of space in the Ebola treatment ward. She later died at 3:00 am upon returning home from the hospital.

Most orphans have extended family that took them in, but as for Tetee Williams, she lost much of her extended family to the Ebola Virus and she is now relying on the help of neighbors. Her father, Emmanuel Williams is unemployed and he does not have the means of sending her to school.

According to Tetee Williams, she is facing a lot of challenges but the worse is not being able to go back to school. “My mother promised me that I will be educated. She wanted me to become a doctor.” According to Tetee, “life has become meaningless to me since the death of my mother, sister, and brother.”

Despite facing hardships, Tetee always encourages herself. She believes there must be a reason why she, her father, and two other siblings survived, so they have no other choice but to keep on surviving. Tetee and the surviving Williams family thanks the Delano King Foundation for hearing their cry and seeing interest in helping them. Tetee prayer is that others will see reasons in partnering with Delano King Foundation in serving humanity.

“I am sad, when my mother was alive, she used to encourage me. We talked a lot, we laughed before going to bed, we had a lot of fun together, but since she died, nobody can talk to me the way she did. I am really missing her, her love, and everything.” – Tetee Williams

Our Focus 

Delano King Foundation works to help address the growing challenges that orphans and underprivileged children are facing. Our goal is to construct schools to provide free education to orphans and underprivileged children. We will provide educational and academic resources and tutoring to less fortunate children and orphans of Liberia to increase not only the literacy rates but also the number of Liberians who have had some formal education. We will do so by providing English, Reading, Math, Science, World History and Art classes/workshops with the support of volunteer educators. Our volunteer educators will provide training to their Liberian counterpart, and commission them to teach in the toughest and poorest communities across Liberia.

We envision an education system that expands opportunity for all students – but particularly for orphans and less fortunate students – and allows them to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in society. The goal is to ensure all students receive elementary and high school education that equips them to succeed in college or career training program.

We know together we can accomplish so much more for orphans and less fortunate students in Liberia and across Africa. Our elementary through high school approach is driven by a direct focus on schools because that’s where the action of teaching and learning happens. An outstanding school—led by leaders who focus on continuous improvement —are what help students succeed most.

Your monthly support to our educational program will help ensure orphans and underprivileged children in Liberia receive free quality education they need to thrive and maximize their potentials. This means we will construct modern schools with updated technology and provide transportation to children who parents cannot afford paying transportation to get them to school. Students will also have access to healthy food, medical care, and 24/7 loving care they need to grow up happy and healthy. This is truly life-changing, and sadly, is not the norm in Liberia’s Education Systems.

Tetee Williams 

Received Delano King Foundation Africa Orphans Initiative Scholarship

DKF is working within Liberia to help families in need and orphans receive an education. This is achieved through The Delano King Foundation Africa Orphans Initiative Scholarship, which empowers orphans by supporting the costs of their elementary and secondary education each year. Our end goal is to integrate these children into the community and inspire leadership.

Scholarship recipients include orphaned or bereaved students who demonstrate academic achievement and a strong potential to succeed. The scholarship also provides physical and spiritual mentorship, with the goal of helping students get support and assistance with their study of various subjects and establish a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The first DKF Africa Orphans Initiative Scholarship recipient is Tetee Williams, who received a scholarship to a private Christian School in 72nd Liberia in the 2018-2019 school year. Tetee’s scholarship covered tuition, uniform, fees, supplies, and a stipend to help with food and transportation. Our partners in Liberia are interviewing the next scholarship recipient for 2019-2020.

2017 Donations

Scissors, paper, pencils, and glue sticks seem like a modest expense. But for children whose parents might barely afford food, new school supplies are a luxury. Many students in struggling families and communities throughout 72 Paynesville benefited from our free school supply program.

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