Empowering Youth with Solar Power Initiative

One of our greatest challenges in Liberia is reliable electricity. We are connected to a grid in our community, but the main transformer has had several power outages and surges that force us to use our backup generator. This increases our monthly electricity expenses and damaged some of our equipment.  In January 2018, we visited one of our supporters[…]

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.[…]

The Rock Insurance Agency Sponsors VocTech Student

We are grateful to meet with Chris Lohrey who founded The Rock Insurance Agency to support causes in Liberia. He recently sponsored an electrician student, Joshua M. Jackson, who completed our assessment test earlier this year but could not raise the funds to attend. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade but knows[…]

Students Gain Valuable Skills From Knowledgeable Instructors

A key component to the success of our vocational training program is our instructors. Each instructor enjoys imparting knowledge from what they have learned and mastered throughout their career to their students. Kelvin Fomba, Co-Founder & Director in Liberia, enjoys sharing his knowledge as the Auto Mechanics and Computers instructor. He is a seasoned mechanic working with[…]

Meet our Web Designer, Rachel Smith

Like any non-profit organization, we benefit from the talent and hard work of our dedicated volunteers. Rachel Smith is one of our fabulous volunteers! It was during our first Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Event in May 2016 that Rachel became interested in our organization. She had recently graduated from Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC)[…]

A Surprise Visit from a Long-Time Supporter

We encourage and welcome people to visit our vocational training center in Liberia because seeing is believing. On Sunday, June 3, it was a pleasure to receive a visit from one of our long-time supporters, Jasoe Sharpe. She has been part of the UDS family since 2012 before we even became an official non-profit. She discovered[…]

Students Love Learning in the UDS Computer Lab

Two years ago, you answered the call of our youth to open a computer lab at our old learning center. We started with six computers and provided free training to cover the basics of computing. Now, two years later and due to your continued generous support, we have 20 computers in our lab at the UDS Vocational Training Center. Our[…]

UDS Initiates Student Community Clean-Up Campaign

On Saturday, May 26, our students gathered at our center to clean up the trash that had settled in the area from recent storms and windy days. People within the community quickly noticed their work and expressed gratitude for their efforts. We think it is important to get our youth involved in serving the community as a[…]

Tailoring Students Making Uniforms for Hotel Management Students

When the 2018 course year started on March 20, our hotel management course enrollment quadrupled compared to the previous year. Our beloved instructor Amed Saah Blama, who our students affectionately call “Hotel Papay,” brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. His 19 students pleaded with our co-founder and director Kelvin Fomba to have specially designed uniforms that[…]

Cosmetology Students Learning While Earning Money

It has been an exciting new year for our cosmetology course. First, Roseline Sonday, Student Coordinator & Cosmetology Teacher’s Assistant, recruited a new instructor, Felton Waydiyee Fouah, because he has a broader set of skills that will benefit our 11 students. Mr. Fouah assessing the work of a student as she plaits (braids) the hair[…]