UDS Students Advance Their Skills With Real Experience

UDS Students Advance Their Skills With Real Experience

Your investment in Liberian Youth teaches them marketable skills and prepares them to be ready for any opportunity that comes their way. As you have witnessed, our students work diligently in perfecting their craft, and through your continued support, they are able to advance their skills with real experience.  

One of our sustaining supporters, Joel Decker of Starland Charities in Minnesota, donated $350 to purchase the advanced learning materials for our electrician students and four ceiling fans for our center to help improve the learning environment.

Joel fulfilled a wish expressed by our electrician students during the general meeting on September 29, when they requested supplies to learn how to install three-phase power for commercial buildings. The instructor, Boakai Dillon, started working with the students the day the supplies were purchased. Our students practiced how to connect three-phase and how to add the different type of breakers to the control box. This simple act of kindness by Joel helps our electrician students take their skill training to a higher level.

Your electrician students learning how to install three-phase power

Our students also received the opportunity to install the our ceiling fans in the great room of our center and connecting them to the breaker. The electrician students received real experience, and all students will benefit from a comfortable learning environment with the onset of hotter temperatures from the dry season.

Your electrician students installing ceiling fans to provide a cooler climate at their training center

Your commitment to young men and women allows them to hit the ground running after graduation. They are prepared to adapt to any type of work environment with the foundation of skills in their given trade. Your support is essential to their future success.

Thank you, Joel, for fulfilling the wishes of our electrician students!

Young Electricians Learning to Light the World

Young Electricians Learning to Light the World

Do you ever wonder what it is like to go days, weeks, or months without electricity? We flip the switch multiple times a day and don’t think twice about how much electricity improves our lives. It provides the necessary light to read books, work on homework assignments, entertain friends after the sun sets, and so much more.

According to the International Energy Agency Database, more people over the last two decades have gained access to electricity, especially in China and India. On the other hand, there are still over a billion people without electricity, primarily in Sub-Sahara Africa. In some cases, like in Liberia, the electricity is unreliable so people either go without or rely on expensive, noisy, and air-polluting generators.

Our students see the value of this trade in improving the lives of the people around them. They come to class each day ready to put their skills to work in our lab. Their instructor, Dominic Siafa, and teacher’s aide (TA), Boakai Dillion (2018 Graduate), find contacts to take the students out in the field. This gives them a chance to have real experience and gain the confidence needed to succeed in this field.

The students you support are eager to learn and apply their skills!

Dominic (instructor) is dealing with an ongoing health issue this year. He recommended Boakai to be his teacher’s assistant because he not only understands the craft of an electrician but also possesses a natural talent to teach. Dominic gives Boakai directions with the weekly curriculum and any other support. His mentorship is paying off because Boakai is building up his profession as an electrician and gives our students an example of what they can strive for.

You helped build this lab in 2017 and the students love it!

As you can see, your generosity is providing the necessary resources for our students to apply their skills during each class. This prepares them to hit the ground running when they graduate. Thank you for being their Classroom Hero!

Giving Thanks to You Today and Everyday

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, we extend our bighearted Thanks to You for supporting ambitious Liberian Youth! Your unending kindness, generosity, encouragement, and dedication to providing vocational training to Young Liberians are changing their lives for the better. You empower the children, young men and women you serve to reach for the Stars and discover their potential.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are also grateful to overcome unexpected challenges and use them as learning opportunities. Yesterday, high voltage power surge impacted the whole community. It caused a fire at one house and destroyed electrical equipment in many places including six computers in our lab. Our electrical students put their skills to work to replace all the fried wires in our center and Kelvin Fomba (Co-Founder & Country Director) had already fixed two of the six computers this morning.

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, we extend our bighearted Thanks to You for supporting ambitious Liberian Youth! Your unending kindness, generosity, encouragement, and dedication to providing vocational training to Young Liberians are changing their lives for the better. You empower the children, young men and women you serve to reach for the Stars and discover their potential.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are also grateful to overcome unexpected challenges and use them as learning opportunities. Yesterday, high voltage power surge impacted the whole community. It caused a fire at one house and destroyed electrical equipment in many places including six computers in our lab. Our electrical students put their skills to work to replace all the fried wires in our center and Kelvin Fomba (Co-Founder & Country Director) had already fixed two of the six computers this morning.

UDS Electrician Students replacing wires.

UDS Co-Founder repairing computers.

Become a Classroom Hero

DONATE NOW!        GOAL: $7,200     RAISED: $202 

Here is YOUR chance to change the world–

Become a Classroom Hero for Liberian Youth Today!

Are you ready to support the aspirations of young Liberians and help them achieve their goals?

Then this is your chance to Become a Classroom Hero for Liberian Youth attending our vocational training classes.

Help us raise $7,200 to purchase the required practical materials for our courses in Catering, Cosmetology, Electricity, Plumbing and Tailoring by:

  1. Donating online or writing a check to Uniting Distant Stars, 4010 Lawndale LN N, Plymouth, MN 55446
  2. Start a Facebook Fundraiser on Uniting Distant Stars’ Behalf to encourage others to support our ambitious youth in Liberia.
  3. Host or create a fundraiser to sponsor a course as follows:

✮ Catering needs $1,000 for baking pans, mixing bowls, cooking pots, etc.

✮ Cosmetology needs $2,000 for flat irons, materials for hair and nails, etc.

✮ Electricity needs $1.500 for tools, meters & testers, and other materials.

✮ Plumbing needs $1,500 for tools, pipes, faucets and other materials.

✮ Tailoring needs $1,200 for scissors, thread, ironing board, machine oil, and other materials.

All DONATIONS are tax-deductible and life changing! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children & young adults!