Give to the Max Day

Your Next Classroom Hero Experience Begins Double your impact today by donating to Uniting Distant Stars on Give to the Max Day and unlock the $600 matching gift! Your generous giving invests in Liberian Youth receiving valuable trade skills at our center in Liberia. DONATE HERE Thank you for including UDS in your charitable giving!

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.[…]

Bethlehem Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, August 17, Kelvin Fomba (UDS Co-Founder & Director) served as the guest speaker for the Bethlehem Commencement Ceremony. As a note, 7 out of 17 Uniting Distant Stars scholarship students attend Bethlehem with one graduating, Deborah Tweah.  Kelvin spoke about 30 minutes talking about the role the teacher, parent and student all possess in achieving academic excellence.[…]

Updates on Scholarship & Cosmetology Students

Can you believe that a new school year is about to begin? In fact, it has already started in some states like Oklahoma. For Liberia, the students return to school in early September. Our UDS Academy has been receiving many families interested in enrolling their students.  Recently, we received all the grade sheets from our 17 academic[…]

Your Students Enthusiastically Learn Skills

The current student body of the UDS Vocational Training Center (UDSVTC) completed their third month in July. Their enthusiasm to learn makes you smile. Furthermore, their ability to encourage their fellow students when they are feeling frustrated touches your heart. In fact, this group of students is unique compared to the previous two cohorts. They created a chat room[…]

Continual Improving Our Vocational Training

Being recognized in Liberia is one of our greatest challenges as a three-year-old vocational training center. That changed when Alieu Kemokai, Technical & Administrative Assistant/TVET of Youth & Sports Ministry, invited Kelvin Fomba to attend the TVET teachers workshop from July 22 to July 27. Mr. Kemokai presented diplomas at our April 13, 2019, commencement ceremony and left[…]

Tour Elijah Kotee’s Garden

You may recall in part 3 of Rita Apaloo’s article about her visit to UDS, she mentioned meeting with Elijah Kotee, who graduated with a Diploma in Catering. We shared an article about Elijah in March when he started a job cooking in a small restaurant in Monrovia. Unfortunately, the owner has not paid him in[…]

Solomon K. Manjoe’s Testament of UDS

In part 3 of Rita Apaloo’s article about her visit to UDS, she mentioned how another student, Gabriel Zargo, found jobs for two hotel management students. Solomon K. Manjoe is one of those students.  Solomon is 24 years old and graduated on April 13, 2019, with Diplomas in Computers and Hotel Management. He was hired as a non-contracted employee[…]

My Visit to UDS Liberia (Part 3 of 3)

by Rita Apaloo, Board Member & Fundraising Team Chair The VTC students had completed their training year and were preparing for graduation during my visit. I was able to meet some of the new incoming students on March 25. Many of them were recruited through radio promotions and others were referred by current or former students.[…]

Thanks to Florkime’s Visit!

Our center is a place that anyone is welcomed! We were elated when Florkime Paye asked if she could bring anything for UDS and planned to stop by during her visit to Liberia. She carried in a book “Visions from the Forests” about Liberian art and two hand-held water purifiers. The book will be added to our library and[…]