The students of Lee University are doing their part to provide for the Phebe Grey Orphanage, and now it’s your turn! Last year’s efforts at the orphanage would not have been possible if it weren’t for donations and support from churches around the world. Much has been accomplished, but there is much still to be done.
The goals for this year’s extension of the Liberia project are to improve on-site security, continue renovations to the property, further expand both the library and the computer lab, construct a science lab, consistently provide better meals, recruit and retain more teachers who have a heart for Christ, and provide better health for students by increasing the protections against malaria.
The several hundred students of the on-site school, as well as the inhabitants of the orphanage itself, are excited and grateful for all that has been accomplished so far.
Books, for them, were a rare luxury until 2015’s Missions Week project provided 700 books as the beginning of a library, but that number needs to be significantly higher and the titles need to cover a much broader range of topics and educational benefits if this library is to truly succeed in educating these children.
A science classroom would help broaden the education of the orphanage’s students, increasing their likelihood of entering university and successfully escaping the poverty that has many Liberians bound. For many career fields, a grounding in physics, chemistry, or biology, is a useful tool. Modern agriculture, for example, relies heavily on biochemistry to improve crop yields and soil sustainability, and the proliferation of bio-science educated farmers could help to provide meals for all of the nation.
Proper nutrition goes far beyond rice and beans with the occasional selection of vegetables and less frequent chicken; modern understandings of bioscience indicates that students who are malnourished find it harder to focus on their studies, and there is more to good nutrition than simple calorie intake. With better food provisions, the students would study better and think more clearly in addition to the known benefits to overall physical health.
Malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses are extremely common in Liberia. According to Dr. Carolyn Dirksen of Lee University, everyone the team met on their trip last year had suffered from malaria at least once, and most had suffered from it annually. Access to malaria-blocking medication and the provision of more mosquito netting would help protect the lives of the children. The WHO estimates that mosquitos are more deadly than any other creature on Earth, including human beings. Far more people die per year from malaria and other mosquito-borne illness than all the wars, all the murders, and all the oppression of dictators all over the world.
Finishing the work at Phebe Grey will not be possible without the support of individual donors and churches. To provide for the needs of these orphans and staff, we need your help. To donate, click HERE.