UDS Graduation Set For April 2020

This first month of 2020 flew by too quickly. After a busy month, we wanted to give a quick update. Our executive and fundraising teams in the U.S. held meetings in January to solidify our plans for 2020. Additionally, our team and students in Liberia held a general meeting on January 31 to schedule graduation.[…]

Looking Back at the 2010s

Your continual support over the past decade helped build and grow Uniting Distant Stars into a thriving organization. In fact, you took us from supporting other schools to starting our own. Without a doubt, you deserve a huge CONGRATS for a successful decade! So, let’s review your achievements during the 2010s. 2011 – The Journey Begins[…]

The Value of Exchange of Service

Liberia’s deteriorating economy made 2019 a difficult and trying year. As inflation increased, may businesses and nonprofits folded due to rising costs. People went to work and have not been paid for months. Banks ran out of money causing international organizations like the Peace Corp to withdraw their people from the country.  Throughout the year, Kelvin Fomba, Co-Founder[…]

Co-Founder's Giving Story – #GivingTuesday

My worldview changed when I visited Liberia for the first time in 1998. This small West African Country was praying for peace after ensuring a devastating civil war for nine years. Much of the infrastructure was damaged and destroyed but the spirits of the people remained hopeful. While we visited different areas in Monrovia (Liberia’s[…]

You Give Many Reasons to Be Grateful!

In honor of this Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S., we wanted to give the many reasons why we are grateful for YOU.  You made it possible for over 40 students to complete the Permaculture Design Certification Training in January.  Your generosity gave light to all students. Also, it allowed two UDS Electrician Classes to install Solar Power at the UDS Center in[…]

Please vote for #MyGivingStory

One of our sustaining supporters, Donna from Minnesota, wrote her Giving Story for #GivingTuesday. By entering her story into this contest, she selected Uniting Distant Stars as the receiving charity. Please help us increase our chance of winning a prize by voting (click here) for her story. Also, you can vote daily. Thank you!

You did it! You Raised $1,300 for Give to the Max Day

Congrats! Your kindhearted generosity helped unlock the $600 matching grant. Also, you raised $1,300 for our Give to the Max Day Campaign! Your contribution to the vocational training of Liberian Youth provides the resources they need to succeed with their vocational training. Furthermore, your participation in this year’s campaign gave UDS a record year for the amount raised. Thank[…]

Liberian Business Association Scholarship Drive

One of our strategic goals is building partnerships with organizations in supporting Liberian Youth. This year we became a member of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) to network and bring more awareness of our work. LIBA’s Executive Director & Consul General of Minnesota’s Liberian Consulate, Jackson George (in photo), visited our center in July 2018.[…]

Plumbing Students Applying Their Skills

One of your key investments is buying needed equipment, materials, and supplies to give your students practical experience. Without these essentials items, your students would sit in a classroom doing nothing. UDS aspires to give young men and women over 80% hands-on training either as field experience or in their respective learning labs. Almost two[…]

Your investment in Liberian Youth is paying off

As we move into September, your vocational training students continue to progress in their year-long program. Additionally, each course meets three times a week for two-hour sessions and spend over 85% of their on practicals. The students that started late receive extra help from their instructor and fellow students to catch up with their course work.[…]