Working Together For a Better Future

As a valued member of the Uniting Distant Stars (UDS) Community, you are contributing to the change and growth of young men and women in Liberia. Your investment in their education at our vocational training center is allowing them to gain valuable and marketable skills in trade careers. Your support means everything to them because you want to see them succeed.   The[…]

New School Year for our Academic Scholarship Students

Our scholarship students returned to school after a two-month break. 2018 marks our eighth year of matching generous sponsors to eager students attending primary and secondary schools. Our four sponsors are supporting 17 students in grades Kindergarten 2 (Liberia has two kindergarten levels) to 12th. Total tuition for the 2018/2019 school year is $4,570.  Our 12th grader Deborah[…]

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Meet Our New Board Member: Beyan Gonowolo

Please join us in congratulating Beyan Gonowolo, as he is our new board member. Beyan has been one of our raving fans since 2014. We first met at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Liberian Students Association fundraiser for Uniting Distant Stars in May 2014. He shared how he read our entire website. We reconnected at the “Take Back Africa Summit” at the University[…]

Meet Volunteer, Mckenna Schmidt!

Volunteers near and far help Uniting Distant Stars stay on course in serving children and youth in Liberia. Mckenna Schmidt is one of those amazing volunteers who joined our team in April as an editor and writer. She was highly recommended by our board member, Anna Bertch. She is interested in helping write content to update our website and use her talents[…]

UDS Student’s Heartfelt Thank You

By Abel Baimba Kabba, Plumbing Student Thank you very much for doing great things that you aren’t even noticing! May God bless you and see you through. Thank you very much for helping us in ways that you may never understand. You have really changed my life with your sincere effort and support to help upgrade our[…]

Many Thanks to Mary Rosendahl’s Facebook Fundraiser

One of the greatest achievements of Facebook is to allow people to raise funds for causes they believe in. Uniting Distant Stars (UDS) continues to benefit from these types of fundraisers. In July, our founding board member and “Recipes for Learning” Cookbook project lead, dedicated her birthday to support UDS. She and her eight donors raised[…]

Congrats Roseline Sonday! Promoted to Cosmetology Instructor

Cultivating young leaders is a core aspect of our mission. Roseline Sonday was promoted from teacher’s aide to the instructor of the cosmetology department in July. She is an experienced hairstylist and used her time as a teacher’s aide to learn how to apply facials and provide manicures and pedicures. Her journey started with Uniting Distant Stars in[…]

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[…]