Helping Students in West Africa

Oct 30, 2018

For well over a decade Westminster Presbyterian Church has actively lead several humanitarian projects in West Africa. These efforts in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have primarily focused on enriching the lives of children through improved nutrition and better access to healthcare and educational opportunities. As we continue to exchange ideas and information with our various partners in West Africa, and as a result of our own Mission Trips to visit our partners, we know that our efforts have yielded positive results. We cannot do this important work without the continuing support of so many of you who understand the many needs and donate to fund these efforts. Sometimes merely donating is not enough and you may wonder just “What” is your donation specifically doing. Below is a partial listing of some of the ways you specifically can make a difference. You may choose to contribute to a specific project or country; or simply make a donation of general support. Either way, you will make a difference! We are very grateful for donations of ALL sizes! Please give as you are able. Currently we are in need of both organizations and/or individuals to sponsor: Five bunk-beds for Ebola orphans in Liberia @ $125 each (Memo Line: “Bunk Beds”) Food support for the M.O.M. Orphanage in Sierra Leone is $3,600 or $300/month or $75/week (Memo Line: “Sierra Leone Orphanage”) Full year scholarships for up to 44 young girls to attend Hope Mission School in Liberia is $85/student (Memo Line: “Liberia Scholarships”) Refurbished computers for a new lab in Tema, Ghana (Memo Line: “Tema Computers”) A year of support for a part-time nurse at Hope Mission School, Liberia, is $1,000 or the purchase of basic Medical Supplies is $300 or Shipping those supplies is $200 (Memo Line: “Liberian Nurse”) Monthly support for one Ebola orphan is $35/month. This covers food, shelter, school supplies, and healthcare. (Memo Line: “Liberia Ebola”) Work with MoonCatchers projects in Liberia & Sierra Leone to keep more girls in school and move towards sustainability. (Memo Line: “MoonCatchers”) Share cost of repairing community well and updating school latrines at Hope Mission School, Liberia. Ten shares @ $100 each (Memo Line: “Water Liberia”) 2019 Projects selected by WPC & Tema Partners (Ghana) under new Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) (Memo Line: “2019 Tema Projects”) If you wish to learn more please contact: John or Lyn Kucij – Fatmata Hilton – Felicia Kollie-Gambles – Gabriel Ofori-Okai – Belinda Quaye – Sheila Wrede – Please make donations payable to: Westminster Church, 85 Chestnut St, Albany, NY 12210 and note the particular project you wish to support by including the project(s) as identified above in the “Memo Line.” You may also give online at John and Lyn are Schenectady residents who volunteer at Westminster on Liberian Projects. They both have 45 years of experience with Liberia and has chaired numerous US-based Liberian activities and organizations. John Kucij authored the successful grant application for funding from Presbyterian Women and is overseeing the implementation of grant activities and management of grant funds. Lyn is a retired Physician Assistant and John retired from Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC).

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