From 1989 to 2003, Liberia suffered through a brutal civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of residents and destroyed many of the schools throughout the country. Of its 4 million inhabitants, approximately 47% are younger than age 19. Of those nearly 2 million children, only one-third are enrolled in school. The country suffers from lack of infrastructure, poor access to sanitation and clean water, and extreme poverty -- according to The World Bank, approximately 64% of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day. Working in cooperation with Lutheran churches and other Christian organizations, community groups, and residents surrounding the city of Gbarnga, Bong County, we are designing and constructing a school campus on a 15-acre site to provide primary, secondary, and vocational training within a Christian curriculum. Our school campus will be called the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center.
Students with limited financial means will be offered need-based scholarships and other assistance such as textbooks, school supplies, and school uniforms. Residences will be built for students who require housing support or for students with financial means. Programs will also be developed to address needs such as clean water, sanitation, electricity, hygiene, nutrition and other inequities of poverty that can be barriers to a child's education.
Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project Inc. is an all-volunteer organization, having no paid staff. Funding is provided by contributions from Lutheran churches and schools, donations from Christian individuals and the general public, plus grants from government and from other nonprofit organizations such as the Rotary Club. Fundraising efforts through April 2014 have yielded over $100,000 in cash, pledges, and grants which will be allocated to operations.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin.