In 2007, Hope International School first opened its doors. What began as 400 students has grown to over 1,200 and includes Pre-K to 12th grade classes. Over time, cinder block ruins were renovated and new buildings were constructed to keep up with the growing student body and to ensure the proper facilities and materials for a quality education.
Today the school boasts several general classrooms, student library, medical room & nurse's office, computer lab, science labs, bathroom facilities and clean water reservoir. It also employs nearly 50 staff members, providing a competitive wage and dependable form of employment.
Hope International School also has a near 50/50 ratio of male/female students, which is a rare occurrence for schools in the country.
Gardnersville, Montserrado; Liberia
"Hope for the future."
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In addition to providing the foundation of a strong education, administrators and faculty at the school have developed two athletic teams: boys soccer and girls kickball. Athletic scholarships are awarded to select youth who had previously engaged in prostitution and other work in order to support themselves, enabling them to receive an education and participate in a supportive community. To this date, not a single recipient has dropped out of the program.
When most people are winding down there day, about a dozen faculty members fire up the school's generator to voluntarily teach night classes to nearly 100 area adults who were unable to attend school during the country's civil war.
Because of a reliable living wage, Hope International teachers are able to devote their extra time to helping improve their community, rather than working an extra job outside of school hours to help support their families.
Just slightly larger than the state of Tennessee, Liberia has over 20 native languages and tribal groups. However, because of the dispersal of groups caused by guerrilla fighting and decades spent merely trying to survive, many of the younger generation have little-to-n0 familiarity with their tribal heritages. If this next generation of Liberians hopes to rebuild who they are, Hope International principal Joseph Cummings realized they need to know what that is, and so he established an annual cultural day at the school where students break into groups based on their traditional tribal heritages. Representatives from those tribes teach them aspects of their unique languages, customs and dances. The day culminates in a dance competition where students perform and compete for a trophy. The result is a festival that promotes unity among the students as Liberians, but also pays respect to the diversity represented by their different tribal heritages. Schools from around the area are invited to watch the competition, and many have become interested in starting their own events.
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