There has been a need for the development of Liberian children, especially around education. When the Government of Liberia closed all it’s schools on the outbreak of Ebola in 2014 , Brenda, the founder decided to engage 150 idle children in their community then , leading to the birth of KEEP. Being moved by the state of poverty in the geography, KEEP has then expanded to engage in women & girls empowerment, economic livelihood, access to justice, promotion of rights in schools, strengthening youth education through computer and reading literacy programs, child sponsorship and advocacy.
KEEP provides varied educational support to children in Liberia . It works with children from underprivileged backgrounds focusing on providing reading and other learning materials that help build their reading skills and vocabulary. It helps facilitate various aspects of the education ecosystem from tuition support to life skills training.
KEEP with support from development actors (i.e. ActionAid-Liberia, Universal Outreach Canada, Monrovia Rotary Club, APM Terminals, Alpha Phi) have been able to reach over 8,000 children and counting in 76 communities across rural and urban Montserrado, Gbarpolu and Grand Gedeh Counties in Liberia. KEEP has also provided “Back-to-School” bags for beneficiaries in the greater Monrovia area with support from the Liberia Telecommunication’s Authority. Each book-bag contained one dozen notebooks, half dozen pencils, crayons, sharpeners, erasers, geometry sets, etc.
KEEP successfully completed several projects for ActionAid-Liberia by establishing Girls Forums in 10 communities in Gbarpolu & Grand Gedeh counties and provided life skills training to the girls as well. We also created awareness to school administrators, parents, teachers and students on the rights of a child and the promotion of girls’ education in Gbarpolu. KEEP successfully coordinated and established after school tutorials for over 2000 children in Grand Gedeh & Gbarpolu and provide life skills trainings.
Recognition so far
Various Public Sector and Private sector organisations have recognized KEEPs genuine work and have supported KEEPs endeavors in education.
VKF faciliated the shipping of a container of books for KEEP activities. The Container iself will also be used will be converted into a library housing books for the community.