Let the Little Children Come

March 27, 2013 • Liberia

Boys and girls in a Liberian town have a chance to receive a quality education after Samaritan's Purse builds a school

An aid group promised the people of Bahr Town a school big enough for local students. Construction began, but, sadly, never neared completion. For years all that remained was a foundation overgrown by weeds—a sort of monument to disappointment.

GiveThe residents of Bahr Town learned to make do by holding primary school classes in its small evangelical church building. Multiple classes met in a one-room structure, separated only by mats woven from palm branches.

Liberia Africa school constructionWhen a missionary discovered the situation she shared the story with Samaritan’s Purse staff. We were able to build a larger, more suitable structure for the education of these precious children.

First came the floors. Then, with the help of a Samaritan’s Purse contractor, the people of Bahr Town crafted bricks to form the walls. Men did the construction and women brought water to mix cement. Everyone was motivated by the excitement of a new place for learning and discipleship.

The building was painted, and finally the roofing and ceiling were finished. A school had been completed, piece by piece.

Liberia Africa school construction projectsThe whole area is talking about the new five-room school, which was dedicated to the glory of God with many speeches, songs, and prayers. Attendance is increasing with some children walking from deep in the bush.

Reverend James Sakki, the local evangelical pastor, also serves as the school’s principal and oversees seven other Liberian teachers.

“We really appreciate the work Samaritan’s Purse has done,” he said.

Liberia Africa school construction projectsChristian discipleship is an essential component of the school’s curriculum. Each day, students are taught a Bible lesson with application to their lives. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, NKJV).

Teachers also present the Gospel and encourage students to attend church services. Many of the youngsters are responding to Jesus Christ. “God has really made a difference to my life,” one student proclaimed.

Liberia Africa school construction projects

Recognizing the value of education, Samaritan’s Purse equips teachers and rebuilds schools in some of the hardest-hit communities where we work. A typical school costs about $20,000 per classroom. When you consider that over a thousand students may learn to read and write in that classroom in the years to come, that’s just $20 per student.
Building Schools, Building Hope Recognizing the value of a quality education, Samaritan’s Purse equips teachers and rebuilds or renovates schools in areas hit hard by poverty or natural disasters. The ministry works around the world to give children greater opportunities in life and to introduce them to the ultimate hope found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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