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My Memories of Notre Dame – by Phillip Martin

I remember when my high school French teacher talked about us, her students, going to Paris someday. I never believed it would happen. So, I sampled her French onion soup and even ate an escargot or two, because I really never thought I’d ever leave Ohio. It just didn’t happen back then. I didn’t know anyone who traveled. Well, life has surprises. Still, I traveled an awful lot of the world before I ever made it to Paris. It took way too many years to get to the City of Lights.

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Hey, It’s Good to be Back Home Again

Zwedru was almost unrecognizable. There were some basic buildings I remembered from 1989, but there was so much growth. I was unable to find my two previous homes. They used to be in the bush on the outskirts of town. There was no bush or outskirts where they were once located.

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Solar Suitcase for a Rural Clinic

Our Country Director visited the Tenegar Community Clinic to follow up on the impact of donated solar lanterns. We found out that the health center really needs good quality lighting for better health care and reduced mortality for mothers and newborns. So we did research, found a solar suitcase that costs $2000 and contacted We Care Solar.

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Man on a Mission

In 2016, Phillip Martin returned to Liberia where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1988 and 1989. He traveled for the U.S. Embassy to paint murals with Ebola survivors. And, he painted a mural in his hometown of Zwedru. This blog, and the ones coming after it record his preparations and experience when he went home after so many years.

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Memories of Liberians Telling Stories

We had been teaching at Suehn Industrial Academy as Peace Corps Volunteers for less than a month in September 1962 when we wrote a letter home about some of our students coming to visit us one night to tell us riddle stories. At the end of a story each person had to give an answer. …

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Living in Liberia

It really is close to impossible for someone from Europe or North America to fathom what life is like in Liberia. If you are poor in the West, you most likely have food stamps, health care and assistance in finding shelter. If you are poor in Africa, you suffer from some of the absolute worst poverty in the world.

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Spotlight on a Millennial Donor

​Meet Jatu Boikai, the daughter of Dr. LeRoy and Mrs. Musu Boikai. The Boikais emigrated to the U.S. from Liberia in the mid-1980s. Jatu and her two siblings, Jedediah and Vanjah, were born in New York City. Jatu is a millennial who is passionate about volunteering and donating to worthy causes. While a sophomore nursing…

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We’re In Business

9/03/18 – Thanks to you and to everyone who has supported Village Improvement’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life for Liberian villagers through the increased use solar lanterns, we have been able to apply for a license to operate as a business in Liberia. The license was granted last month.…

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You Have Made an Impact!

11/16/18 – Village Improvement Project has made its one-year Impact Report to Panasonic to show how their donation of lanterns has changed lives in Liberia. To find out how, click here to visit the Impact Report page.

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