Uniting Distant Stars

Equipping youth with the knowledge and skills to realize their potential and become positive change makers

Uniting Distant Stars™, Inc. links future leaders and global innovators to educational resources and vocational training to influence positive changes in the world. Uniting Distant Stars is currently an all-volunteer organization with teams in the U.S. and Liberia.

We equip youth with the knowledge and skills to realize their potential and become positive change makers. We promote creative and innovative thinking to inspire our youth to reach for the stars. Through these efforts, more doors for future employment and entrepreneurship will open for Liberia’s young men and women.

Uniting Distant Stars™, Inc. is co-founded by Kelvin Fomba (Liberian) and Heather Cannon-Winkelman (U.S. Citizen). Since 2011, we have developed our shared vision to raise the aspirations of Liberian youth and guide them towards success. We provide scholarships, school supplies, after school study classes through our learning center, youth exchanges via Google Hangout, and vocational training to youth in Liberia.

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

Your 2021 Year-End Review

Thank you for generous support during another challenging year! Starting in May, COVID's Delta Variant took a toll on Liberia with overcrowded hospitals and more people died than the previous year. Fortunately, we continued to enforce our hygiene protocols. Also,...

Introducing 2022 Board Officers

Uniting Distant Stars held their annual board meeting on December 11, 2021, and elected our new officers. We excited to announce 2022 Leadership Team. Please click their names to read their bios. Adam Pederson will continue for second year as board chair. Nathaniel...

LiberiaInfo Publishes Featured Story of Uniting Distant Stars

Thanks to LiberiaInfo - Informing and Educating for featuring Uniting Distant Stars as your latest story! The author, Martina Gargard, visited Uniting Distant Stars Vocational Training Center in 2019. From that point on she interviewed both co-founders, Kelvin Fomba...

Giving Tuesday thru December Results – Unlocked Match!

You rock! You raised $1,055 between 11/29 to 12/31/21 and unlocked the $600 Giving Tuesday matching grant. The grant total equals $1,655 and this buys much needed learning materials. Our heartfelt thanks for supporting your students in learning valuable trade skills!

Happy New Year From Your Graduates & Students

Wow! Where did 2021 go? This whole year seems like a blur. We have so much to be grateful because of you and wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year! May your 2022 be a year of new beginnings and new opportunities. Thank you so much for being a super star Classroom...

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas; Wishing You Joy & Peace!

We hope you enjoyed your holiday with your loved ones. Thank you for supporting Liberian Youth and making their dreams come true!

Give to the Max Day Matching Grant Unlocked & Final Results

You did it! You quickly raised $1,160 from 11/9 to 11/20/21 and successfully locked our $600 matching grant. The total results from your effort equals $1,760 and the funds will help buy sewing machines and other learning materials. Thank you so much for being a valued...

What are the Public Health Challenges in Liberia?

November 13, 2021, we held a meeting with our Public Health Intern, Aryel Haith (left in the photo below), of the Delaware State University. She asked Kelvin Fomba, Co-Founder & Director and some of your youth (center in photo). questions about handwashing,...

A Little Training Center Facelift to Improve Learning Experience

During the last three months, Kelvin Fomba (UDS Co-Founder & Director) and some of your recent graduates have been busy making improvements to our center. Soon after finishing the fence they constructed on the front and right side of the building, they jumped into...

Meet New Board Member Joy Larmouth

We are excited to announce our newest board member, Joy Larmouth! She has been supporting Uniting Distant Stars for about two years now and wanted to take her involvement to a new level. She was voted in last month and will be attending her first board meeting on...

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