Frequenty Asked Questions
1. How is the word "Gbarnga" pronounced?
"Gbarnga" is pronounced "bong-ah". Many words in Liberia incorporate a silent consenant at the beginning (for example: "Kpelle" - one of the indigenous languages - is pronounced "pay-lay").
2. What is the significance of "Gbarnga"?
Gbarnga is a city in north central Liberia with a population of approximately 30,000 residents. One of the few paved roads in Liberia (currently under reconstruction) connects the capital city, Monrovia, to "up country" and is an important artery for transportation, industry, and commerce through the center of the country. Our school campus is located just outside the city of Gbarnga and is an ideal location for improving our outreach and maximizing the impact we hope to have on the surrounding communities.
3. Can I participate in a short-term mission to the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center?
Yes. We are actively seeking individuals to assist with designing, constructing, and teaching in our school. If you have expertise in solar electricity, potable water systems, sanitation, or trades such as electricians and plumbers, we can use your skills. Retired teachers, those on sabbatical, or recent graduates with education degrees are welcome to contact us to discuss single or multi-year service opportunities. Experienced tradespeople interested in teaching in our vocational classrooms are also in demand. Once residences are completed, opportunities for short-term mission teams will become available.
4. Is the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit?
Yes. We are a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit effective April 29, 2014. Click here to download our determination letter.
5. Can I sponsor one of the school children?
Yes. Please visit our Donate page and follow the "Child Sponsorship" link.
6. Information from UNESCO on the link between women's education and health:
A recent report from UNESCO calculates that if all mothers in low-income countries completed secondary school, 30% fewer children would get diarrhea (a leading cause of death from dehydration); 43% more children would be immunized against diptheria, tetnus, and pertussis; and 26% fewer children would experience stunting (a sign of malnutrition). The report also shows that if a mother finishes primary school, the chance of her children having malaria parasites is 22% lower than if their mother had no education.