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    October 2012 Newsletter

    The Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf

    The foundation for the Trade School.

    There is great excitement at the ACFI children's homes in Liberia as they are in the midst of finishing up some large projects, which will enable them to better care for children and prepare them to positively impact Liberia's future. This month, we thought you'd enjoy a peak into the history and current development of the Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf.

    The current 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 that point in time.

    Construction on the Trade School.

    In 2009, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's son, Robert, secured a grant to benefit the deaf children. This grant provided enough funds to complete bathrooms, paint the building inside and out, and to purchase and install windows.

     However, the foundation for the second building was left untouched and the children and caretakers continued to live cramped in the single building which houses both classrooms and dorm rooms for both boys and girls and Harrington Jududoe, the director, and his family.    

    In 2010, ACFI named the Deaf School after the Deaf grandparents of their first Liberian child adopted following the end of the civil wars - Oscar & Viola Stewart.  Fund raising efforts for completing the second 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 were trained in concrete-block making and their blocks were used for the construction.  Additional fundraising efforts have been ongoing.

    The completion of the Vocational Trade School will provide the children at the Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf, and others, the opportunity to learn trades that will increase their possibility of becoming self-supporting in the surrounding area. Some of the possible trades that will be taught at the trade school will be sewing, catering, cosmetology for the young ladies and welding, carpentry, and masonry for the young men.  

    The roof begins to go on the Trade School.

    I am excited to announce to you, the Vocational Trade School is almost complete! As the roof is now going up, the dedication for this new vocational trade school building is planned for February 15, 2013. It is inspiring to see this tangible proof of God's faithfulness over the past two years become a reality! I plan on traveling to Liberia and attending this celebration and encourage you to join with me and our brothers and sisters in Liberia for this historic event.  

    As you should know by now, fundraising is a never-ending opportunity for each of us. Funds are now being raised to complete the roof on the trade school and to construct a concrete-block fence surrounding the perimeter of the Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf compound, which houses this new trade school. Close to $50,000 is still needed to complete the school and build the fence. The nearby villagers are encroaching on the property and theft continues to rise, making a fence a necessity.  Please ask God to show you how you can be a part of His plan for empowering the next generation of deaf and hearing children in Liberia, West Africa. By going to this link, you can make a special year end gift to help with the completion of these projects.

    Thank you once again for your ongoing commitment to helping ACFI care for orphaned and indigent children in Liberia.


    Becky Lloyd

    Director of Signs for Hope

    "Then the King will answer, 'I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.'
    Matthew 25:40

    [Posted: 10/27/2012]

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