Rose Doley Wallace graduated this month from the Tubman University in Maryland. She was given the Florence Nightingale Award, A Certificate of Honor for “best exemplifying caring in nursing situations and living the philosophy of the Department of Nursing including Competence, Commitment, and Confidence.” This is no small award! Rose you are my hero today!! Friends I know her story. Rose has had a very traumatic journey. It’s private and it’s her story, but I will say this. To come through as she has takes more courage than most of us would have! We are so proud of you!!
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” African Proverb
“We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world.” Drew Fuast
Rose holds her Bachelor of Nursing Degree
Photo of Andrew Wallace at his grad in May 2016 holding his Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Tubman University.
Andrew is sitting with Amos who desperately needed a wheel chair. Andrew is the one who got this for him. Before his wheel chair, Amos would crawl on the ground to get from place to place. Thank you Andrew for this gift! Amos is just one of many that Andrew reaches out to. He has a very big heart of compassion.
Rose stands with her husband Andrew who also has a degree in Nursing through our scholarship program. They got married on July 23, 2016! What an outstanding couple!
Andrew loves being a nurse. He works at the JJ Dossen Hospital in Harper Maryland.
Here is a group photo of all the children Andrew and Rose are taking care of. These are the children of Andrew’s late 2 sisters, along with Andrew’s younger brother. In 2013 Andrew was left with 8 children to take care of. Both his sisters died 6 months apart. They each had 4 children. Andrew has sacrificed a lot in order to help them. He cares for his elderly mother too. She also lives with them.
It is your donations that make all this possible!! Thank you so much!!
Provision of Hope’s Organic Agriculture Trainers are thrilled to have our own farm land!
This is a dream come true for Kelvin Taweh who is standing beside one of the corner posts on our 2 acre property in Fendell, near Mt. Barclay. Both Kelvin and Joseph Sackie went to Kenya in 2013 to take Organic Agricultural Training through Organics 4 Orphans now called Thrive. They came back to Liberia in 2014 passionate to start training farmers at home. They have been diligently working in various communities since then! Year after year they would ask when we could set up our own demonstration garden, so the farmers they train, could see first hand what we have been showing them through power point workshops. Have a look at their work and progress Organic Farming Grows Health in Liberia.
Finally we all agreed, it was time to purchase our own farm land. Last February, while looking across several areas of suitable farmland, we found a choice field. It was also miraculous how the funds came in so speedily to buy this land. THANK YOU to the donors who made this happen! In Liberia they sing a song called ” It’s Gotta Be God” This was definitely God’s Timing and His Idea. SO MANY WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT! Growing Nutritious Food is our primary number one goal. “Growing Health” is a program we are teaching wherever we host workshops. This is a curriculum we received through Dale Bolton who is the founder of THRIVE in Kenya.
Joseph Sackie is a big help to Kelvin. Here you see him raking the beds which have just been seeded. They planted cucumber, watermelon, eggplant, Chinese cabbage, cassava and sweet corn. So far we have 70 raised beds. There are so many local hardworking youth that are delighted to help on this farm. In this way we can create some income for those who are jobless.
Jerry (Edwin Cooper) Kelvin and Joseph with the help of hired youth in the community, constructed a nursery. Here is where they will plant more delicate seeds, like peppers, chili, lettuce, Chinese cabbage etc, Later they transplant the seedlings to the raised beds.
On our land we have farmers who rented a portion of this land before we purchased it. We are working in cooperation with them as well. As you can see this land is fertile and will be very productive as we move forward.
We have several goals in mind for this land.
A. Demonstration Gardens for Organic Training Workshops
B. Growing Nutrition
C. Providing Jobs in a Country suffering with so much unemployment and inflation.
D. Selling Produce to supplement our SEEDS AND TOOLS for Poor Farmers throughout Liberia.
This is a photo of some of the local workers hired to help clear land and help carry bamboo poles to build the nursery.
More and more beds are being constructed for seeds. You can see our compost pile in the distance and the nursery in the back ground. There is a nice stream of water close by. On our 2 acres of land we have both wet and dry land. Liberia has a tropical climate with hot and humid temperatures year round. They have a rainy season that lasts from May through October because of the African monsoon and frequent rains throughout the year, The dry season is mostly from December through February. This is the time we would plant closer to the stream, on the wetland.
Here is a close up view of the nursery. This is where they will start many seeds which will be transplanted to the raised beds later. Jerry, who has farm land close to our land has been a big help to Kelvin and Joseph. We sure appreciate his assistance. We are working in cooperation with the local farmers. This is definitely a community project. Our goal is always towards helping others become sustainable.
Kelvin and Jerry are planting seeds in the nursery.
Joseph Wilson has been a great help planting the cucumber beds.
Mixing Manure into the prepared soil.
Thank you again for those who donated so we could buy this land!!
Others donated to help us buy seeds and tools and help us pay our local workers. We will keep updating you on this project from time to time to show you our progress.
We can buy a lot of seeds for very little. $ 25, $ 50, $ 100
A wheel barrow $ 50, A hoe $ 15, A shovel $ 15, watering cans $ 10, rake $ 10
It is always a sad day when a young mother dies, It is even more sad when she dies needlessly at the hands of medical malpractice. Far too many times this is happening in Liberia. Blessing was only 21. She had a C-section which was probably not even needed. Those with her said, Baby Jeremiah was already visible when the C-section began. The rural clinic kept Blessing for weeks after her delivery. She developed postpartum sepsis. Her pain was intolerable. Blessing often didn’t have the strength to feed Jeremiah. By the time Blessing was rescued from the hands of this substandard clinic, her infection was out of control. As soon as staff at Provision of Hope were notified, they rushed her to the ELWA hospital by taxi. We have few ambulances so that was not possible. ELWA did a surgical repair of the stitches. They found instruments left inside, The surgery was successful, but during the night Blessing died.
Provision of Hope plans to continue supplying their formula. A case of 12 tins lasts for over a month and a half. The cost is $ 65 US. Christian is in Kindergarten. We are trusting for funds to continue his schooling.
Thank you to Felecia Wiebe ( our Liberian daughter) who notified us of this extreme need and for raising the money to get Blessing’s body released from the hospital for burial. Thank you to all these donors. All hospital bills need to be paid before they release the body. Thank God Blessing could have an honorable funeral. Thank you to Daniel Zulu who is a neighbor to the Reeves’ family and helps tremendously! Thank you to those who have already donated and to anyone who might wish to help us continue this work.
This story is only one example of the many stories we could be posting. God is faithful to provide through our generous donors!
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ words of Jesus in Matt 25:40
What a wonderful two weeks we had in Liberia! We saw so much progress!
One of our greatest joys is seeing the children in our homes and spending time with them. Knowing how well they are cared for and loved makes the effort so worth it. A big thank you to our parents who run the homes and to all the donors who help support our children and other projects. It’s through your giving that all this is possible. We also have an amazing staff on the grounds who are so devoted and diligent.
Wedding bells will be ringing in Liberia this February!
Daniel Keamue is getting married to Pinkey Ward on February 2nd! I am so excited to be present at this wedding!
Daniel has been doing our accounting since 2005! He has a Bsc in Business Management. Provision of Hope funded his schooling. Daniel has served faithfully. I am so happy for him to have found his wife!
If anyone would care to donate towards this wedding I know it would be a huge blessing to them. There are still costs to cover.
Pinkey has children she takes care of, so this will be an added responsibility for Daniel as well. He will make a super great dad!
The second wedding will be Mr. Otis Dyega getting married to his fiancee Benetta Saywrayne! They too are very excited about this day. I am thrilled that they postponed their big day so I could attend! I met Benetta on my last trip to Liberia. She is so suited to Mr. Otis and she loves children. Otis lost his wife in 2012 through a sudden heart attack. Benetta has been a widow for several years too. See the budget for their wedding at the bottom of this post. We know finances are tight for weddings in Liberia. I do hope to honor both couples with some kind of help.
Otis is the dad in our Children’s Home in Buchanan. He is one amazing dad who cares for his children well and teaches them to be responsible. They are taught to have a strong faith in God. These are well disciplined children who take their school work very seriously.
This wedding will be more of a traditional kind of wedding. Otis is hoping that we can help him with a contribution towards his costs.
Food $ 150 Dowry payment $ 50 Wedding clothes for the couple $ 75 Renting a musical set $ 50. Marriage Certificate $ 50 Rings for both $ 50 Printing of Invitations 20 Clothes for parents 40 Photos of the wedding 75 Transportation for the couple and party $ 50 Soft Drinks $ 80 = a Total sum of $ 690
This is often why couples in Liberia will live together rather than get married, because even a traditional wedding is expensive for them.
Please join me in praying for these couples as they do the last minute preparations for their weddings! I am invited to pray a PRAYER OF BLESSING over each couple at their wedding! What an honor!!
Pray for Kristine Riley and I as we journey to Liberia. We leave January 27th.
Kristine Riley is the author of a number of children’s books in the series of Henrietta the Butterfly! She just finished her last one called ” The Heart of Africa’s Garden” The kids will certainly LOVE this one! Click on the highlight to see more.
We are taking medical kits again and have “so” much luggage! Email me if you would like to be put on my prayer network for this trip. Prayer is so powerful!
Angela Davis’ mother Annette Wieler is meeting up with us in Frankfurt. Pray all goes well for her too. She is the brave one, traveling alone! Annette is going to see her daughter and son-in-law Emmanuel who just moved to Liberia this past September! They are there as missionaries for 4 yrs. engaged in Church Renewal. I can’t wait to see them too!!
May you all experience the “Presence” of Jesus in a most special way as we celebrate Him!
Merry Christmas from Liberia to Each One of you!!
So many of our friends in Liberia are asking me to pass on a Merry Christmas to each of their sponsors and to all who so generously give through the year!
From our Directors, staff, widows, children & parents in our homes, students in school and the many we have helped with medical treatment …. ” Thank you, thank you thank you!!!” ” From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you!”
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Prov. 19:17 is a promise for you!
From Karen’s Heart ” God bless you and your family this Christmas!”
Exactly one month ago we had the tragic news that Abel Smith suddenly passed away. This news left us all in shock!
Abel Smith lived with us in My Father’s House in 2005 until he graduated from high school. He went on to university through the help of his faithful sponsors Bob & Doris Bieberdorf who were also like parents to him. Abel grew up as an orphan boy. Later he met Tenneh David. She is now a single mother left with 3 children to care for. We are all finding this so sad!
Today Daniel Keamue, our accountant, emailed me to say that Tenneh’s rent is due. The amount is $ 240 for the entire year. Lovetee and Prince, (her school children), in the photo above, have a balance owing with their school fees of $ 120 for this semester.
We would like to gift her with some food over the Christmas Season. It would be wonderful if we could give her $ 100 for food. She is still really grieving. It will be an incredibly HARD Christmas for all of them!
Later we hope to give Tenneh a start up in business so she can provide for herself.
If anyone would like to give towards this family, we would be most grateful.
Our previous blog showed other areas to donate for Christmas, if you are looking to give a special gift. If you missed that blog, here is a link to it.