BAHS Liberian Education Fund holds basket raffle

May 10, 2019

Belfast — Belfast Area High School students are selling tickets to a basket raffle to support their Liberian Education Fund, which helps students in Liberia realize their educational goals.

Student-selected basket themes are crafts, cooking, wellness, ecofriendly, night on the town, Belfast specialties, night at home, LEF surprise basket, book lovers, and picnic.

Tickets are $1 or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the United Farmers Market of Maine Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "All money raised is to support the tuition of the hardworking students we sponsor in Liberia’s academically focused high schools and colleges," BAHS students said in a press release.

Basket donors include Ananda Yoga and Wellness, Belfast Co-op, Bramble’s, Chase’s Daily, Colburn Shoe, Daves’ Chocolate Drop, Eat More Cheese, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, The Green Store, Kids Unplugged, Left Bank Books, Nautilus Restaurant, Opera House Videos, Purple Baboon, Renys, Vinolio, and others.

The Liberian students LEF supports are:

Amos Lindah, who was born in Yekepa. In 2000, during the war, his family fled to Guinea where they stayed for 10 years before returning to Blagay's Town, Ganta in 2010.

He lives with his father and mother who are both teachers at the Liberty Christian Junior High School. Amos has one sister and five brothers. His parents do not have the funds to send their children to high school, but are able to support their children through junior high school because of their teaching jobs. Amos’s favorite subject is chemistry. Amos is studying at University in Ganta and he hopes to work in the mountain region in Yekepa after school. His hobbies include singing and drumming at every church service.

Joseph Fallah Kpoukau is class vice president at his school and wants to become a lawmaker. He started his education in Sierra Leone, away from both of his parents. He then moved to Monrovia, Liberia, where his mother helped him attend school every day, but he still finds it hard to come up with the necessary funds to attend school.

Joseph is especially interested in science and is passionate about youth empowerment, service, and activism.

Ericson Sonkarlay is studying sociology at United Methodist University in Monrovia, but before college spent most of his life in Nimba County. He has faced many challenges throughout his life, having to cope with the deaths of his father and three of his brothers.

After his father passed away, his mother found it difficult to pay his school fees, so for several years he was forced to drop out of school. Ericson was able to graduate from high school with the support of an LEF scholarship. He is pursuing his goal of becoming a social worker, “to support and give back to my community by going to school to achieve knowledge” and by making “the most of any opportunity that comes my way.”

Jessie M. Tarpeh is from West Point, a community in central Monrovia. She has lived there for her whole life with her parents and siblings. Jessie sells soap in Waterside market in order to help support herself and her family, but the money she makes is not enough to also provide for her school fees.

Jessie’s favorite subjects in school are history, geography, and biology. In her free time, Jessie likes reading, taking walks with her sister, cooking, and listening to music. She also has a passion for volunteering; she served on a project where she taught other youth in her community about teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. She currently is studying sociology at the African Methodist Episcopal University.


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