Belfast students screen LEF documentary

Dec 01, 2017
Monrovia students celebrate Liberian Independence Day with LEF Program Director, and Belfast Area High School alum, Kim Ouillette (center).

Belfast — Students from the Belfast Area High School chapter of the Liberian Education Fund will present a screening of “Ley’Go,” a recent documentary about students in Liberia, Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St.

The Liberian Education Fund) is a nonprofit organization that provides youth in Liberia, West Africa, with educational opportunities by building connections among students across the world. It offers scholarships to a select number of Liberian students to attend high school and university. LEF was created in Belfast in 2006, when then high school sophomore Kim Ouillette corresponded with Stan Stella, a program specialist for USAID stationed in Liberia; when Ouillette heard that many high school and college age students in Liberia could not go to school due to the high costs, the idea for the Liberian Education Fund was born.

In January 2007, Belfast students were able to send their first payment to fund four students. LEF currently is a student-run organization at BAHS, and other chapters have started at Troy Howard Middle School, Camden Hills Regional High School and the Watershed School.

“Ley'Go,” which premiered in February, follows the lives of four young Liberians as they strive towards a brighter future. These students — Romeo, Jessie, Amos and Moses — navigate the challenge of getting an education in a country still reeling from the effects of a long civil war and the recent Ebola crisis. Their journey shows the remarkable resilience of young Liberians who, despite the odds, are overcoming adversity in order to change their circumstances and uplift their communities along the way.

The film was directed and edited by New England filmmakers Jesse Galkowski and Matthew Brady and produced by Maya French and Ouillette. It features music by Liberian Hipco artist Takun J.

Tickets for the screening are $5. The Colonial is generously donating proceeds from ticket sales to LEF. T-shirts and bracelets will be available for sale, and donations will be gratefully accepted. For more info about the Liberian Education Fund, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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