This commitment is to support LET to build or rebuild 50 schools, provide training or skill enhancement for 500 teachers, provide scholarships for 5000 girls and women, and bring special attention to helping girls enter and stay in school.
LET was established with the full support of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a grant making organization, because the current needs in Liberia are too massive to be addressed solely through internal funds. The partners listed here are contributing their own funds and raising additional support to assist LET in its mission.
When President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited the U.S. in December 2005, she spoke of the many needs her country had as it recovered from 15 years of civil war. As the first African woman to be democratically elected head of state on the continent, she was eloquent about the fiscal and infrastructural needs of Liberia, as well as the country's educational needs. A generation of children had little or no schooling and often had been displaced from their homes. Many of their parents are dead or presumed dead.
As Americans asked what they could do, the President envisioned the Liberian Education Trust as a way of harnessing support from Americans for Liberia's educational needs.
SEEKING: Foundation, corporate, and private funds to build the 8 schools (which can be appropriately attributed to the donor)
OFFERING: Four year scholarships at U.S. colleges for Liberian students who will return to Liberia and help develop their nation; opportunities with partners to enhance teacher training in the country; and support for the market women's program, including literacy and financial literacy programs.