As the clock ticks closer to the first vocational training classes at our training center, our Team Liberia is working fervently to finalize preparations! Our team is ecstatic to show you, our dedicated Star Supporter, their passion and resolve in helping to equip young Liberians with the skills they need to be self-sufficient. You are giving them the drive to ensure everything is set for the opening day on February 1st.
Since the last post "Small Steps Lead to Big Goals", our team continues to:
- Prepare the training center for the classes.
- Purchase the "Tools to Success" (i.e. computers)
- Hold a student orientation, and
- Share our story on Radio Advent's talk show
Training Center Preparations: Our extremely talented volunteers have fixed the remaining two toilets (there are four bathrooms) and built removable partitions in our great hall for the individual classes. Our training center is hooked up to the city water supply, and work is needed to connect to the pipes in the building. Sanitation and conducive learning environments are critical for our students.
|One of two new commodes replaced to ensure all four bathrooms are working.|
|Daude, who is a young volunteer, with skills in carpentry and masonry.|
|Daude built the removable partitions in our great hall.|
Tools for Success: Our team started purchasing the equipment and materials that students will use for their practical training. Our computer training program draws the most students. This is why seven used desktops were purchased this week to increase our total to 16! Our goal is 20, if we can find a vendor who has available computers. Also, another essential item was purchased: a printer! Some of our courses will require worksheets as part of the learning tools.
|Your generosity purchased these desktops being installed in our computer lab.|
|UDS Co-Founder & Country Director, Kelvin Fomba, helping volunteers with the installation.|
|Thank you for this much needed printer!|
Student Orientation: Friday, January 27th, About 50 young men and women attended an orientation session at our training center. They were introduced to their instructors, toured the facility, received information on program rules and code of conduct, were provided the schedule, and much more. Currently, about 40 students have registered for our 8 courses--Electricity, Auto Mechanics, Plumbing, Computers, Interior Design, Cosmetology, Hotel Management and Catering. While there is interest for our two other courses: sewing and masonry, students have not paid their registration fee yet.
|Kelvn Fomba welcoming young Liberian to our student orientation.|
|Our instructors introduce themselves to the students, Kelvin will be training the auto mechanics.|
|Computer students meet their instructor and learn about the expectation for this course.|
Talk Show: Also, on January 27, Kelvin Fomba (UDS Co-Founder & Country Director), Godfrey Solomon (Hossana Children's Foundation Co-Founder & UDS Volunteer), and Patrick Junusa, Jr. (UDS Volunteer) participated on Radio Advent's talk show. One of the broadcasters of this station, Thomas Jefferson, expressed an interest in partnering with UDS. He and others are interested in participating in our training classes to learn a skill while offering us free time on the airwaves to share our services. This radio station is walking distance from our center so this a perfect relationship!
|Kelvin on the left and Godfrey on the right.|
|Patrick on the left and Kelvin on the right.|
The Joy of Training Youth to Succeed was made possible by your compassion and selflessness! There is not enough ways for us to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your continued to support in making Young Stars in Liberia shine brighter.