Many kids in Liberia don't go to school because their family is deep in poverty. 80% of Liberians live on less than $ 1, - a day. Parents are not making enough money to support the family and therefore they be forced to keep their children home to work for example selling cold water on the street, Even the ‘free’ government primary education system have hidden costs as uniforms and PE outfit, basic school supplies etc. Many parents are not able to pay even these expenses.

MANNEKA believes that every human being deserves a chance to learn. For the nearly one in ten Liberians who have survived past five years old, 42% have never attended school. More secondary – school – age children attend primary school than secondary school in Liberia. The civil war is over, but we have another fight on our hands,” says the Assistant Minister for Primary Education, Keturah Seibu. “That is, to mold the minds of our children who missed out so much due to war and poverty. We need to get our children from their homes, off the streets and into the classrooms.”

Mambu and Anneke Quoi started in 2004 with giving out 3 scholarships to children whose parents were not able to pay school fees. In 2009, five years later Manneka was able to sent 46 children to school in Monrovia and Bomi County.Beside school fees Manneka provides the students also with stationary, uniform and shoes and if possible with some study books.So families do not lost any money by sending their kids to school through the MANNEKA scholarships program.

 

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Making a difference in the life of a child in Liberia will impact the next generations of Liberians

Therefore MANNEKA started in 2009 with the construction of a school in Jo village, Bomi County. With the financial support of the MANNEKA supporters in the Netherlands and school names is the building almost ready. The students who are attending, nursery, kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2, have their classes already in the new school building.

MANNEKA likes to focus in the future beside the scholarships, more on after school programs including homework assistance and helping students building their basic mathematics, reading, phoenix and spelling skills,

During the first 3 months in 2010 MANNEKA set up 5 school libraries in Monrovia, 5 school libraries in Bomi County and in Rivercess and Margibi County respectively 1. MANNEKA received through Samaritan Purse Liberia a donation of more than 6000 English books, fiction, non fiction, science, mathematics, easy reading, chemistry, physics etc. MANNEKA likes to provide opportunities for children to read.

 

For less than 0.75 USD a day you can send one child to school in Liberia and that make a big difference! Children receive a basic education and the lives of the entire family will improve.

Source UNICEF



Children in Liberia know only 2 colors, blue and white. Let start a children club and teach them about the real outside world! (Thought by Anneke de Kok – Quoi, November 2005)

 

Picture over the whole page with children in the palavahut!

Colorful palava hut in Congo town 2008 , kids learn other color as yellow, green, red and blue

MANNEKA children ministry

MANNEKA organize children club programs since 2005. Started with a Christmas program in a palava hut at the ELWA compound attended by 50 children in 2005, this year MANNEKA is expecting to reach out to more than 13.400 children in Monrovia and Bomi County. Weekly children Bible clubs are be hold at 4 different locations in Monrovia and summer vacation Bible club weeks are scheduled for Rockhole/ ELWA, Congo town / Peace Island and Sinkor . This year, MANNEKA is organizing for the first time, an art program where 100 children can make their own photo frame.

Background

Picture from a child who is crushing rocks in Rock hole

 

Liberia remains one of the poorest countries with the fourth lowest GDP per capita in the world and a ranking of 169 on the 2009 Human Development Index.1 Its capital, Monrovia, continues to recover from the country’s 14-year civil war and the influx of internally displaced people and rural migrants that have swelled the city’s size beyond capacity. Approximately 300,000 people in Monrovia live in poverty. Among these, children suffer the effects of poverty, as school fees preclude educational opportunities and children are forced to work, selling cold water on the street or crushing rocks, to help support their families. These children are often denied a safe, secure, and nurturing environment from which to develop spiritually and physically. Among their challenges, the under-five mortality rate stands at 11% with malnutrition and childhood illnesses a constant fear.2 For the nearly one in ten Liberians who have survived past five years old, 42% have never attended school.3

 

 

Picture from Ezekiel who is teaching see old CD rom no 1 with pictures from children clubs in 2008 or pictures from geeke

 

 

Manneka since 2009 a partner of Samaritan Purse Liberia, ministers to this vulnerable children in Monrovia through Children’s Bible Clubs, which share the Gospel through art projects, stories, songs, dramas, and games. These activities tangibly demonstrate God’s love to children and open doors for the Manneka children club teachers, Ezekiel D. Gardea , Weedar Kermue and Annie Ceh to minister to parents and families. In 2009, 4,116 children benefitted from Children’s Bible Clubs in three different locations in Monrovia. Manneka has seen an increase in the number of people requesting the Children’s Lion Bibles as they were distributed during the Christmas celebrating 2008.

 

 

Picture from children lions bible on the last CD rom book with only hands

 

 

MANNEKA hope to reach this year 8,800 children in Congo Town, Rock Hole, and Sinkor, areas of Monrovia through weekly Bible Clubs and 4,600 children through Vacation Bible club weeks. New this year is the monthly Bible Club at a home for disabled children in Sinkor 9th street. as well as a special Mother Day program in 12 villages in Bomi County where children can create their own Mother's Day greeting card and decorate a small piece of hand soap as a gift for their mothers

 

We try to send some pictures to you or you can use pictures earlier send by Geeke or me kids are coloring

 

 

Of course the Mother Day program will be hold also in Monrovia for the 3rd year in a row. Started in 2008, with 100 children in Congo town, creating a nice card for their mother, this year we expecting that more than 700 children will make a nice Mother’s day present for their mother.

 

 

Picture from Bomi with the banner of the Christmas program 2009 and plenty children, registration of children in Monrovia or a collage with some photo’s

 

Through the years MANNEKA children ministry programs made an impact in the lives of thousands of vulnerable children in Monrovia, who might not otherwise experience the Gospel relayed in ways they can understand. We give God the glory!

 

 

 

Since 2009 Samaritan Purse Liberia/ Ireland is our main donor who fund our children club activities. In the past we received funds from The Dutch reformed church in Papendrecht , the Netherlands, MSG the Netherlands, Mercy ships and Mercy ship crew members to continue our children club programs.

 

 

 

Children Lion’s Bible

 

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1 The 2009 HDI ranking includes 182 countries. On GDP per capita (PPP) at $362, Liberia ranks 179. UNDP. (2009). Human Development Report.

 

2 LISGIS, MoHSW, NACP, and Macro International Inc. (2008). Liberia Demographic and Health Survey 2007. Monrovia, Liberia: LISGIS and Macro International Inc.

 

3 Government of Liberia and LISGIS. (2008). Population and Housing Census.

 

 

On the Saturday there always will be a Children Bible Club on 2 locations; Rockhole and Congotown. Around the hundred children are coming together. They will hear a Bible story, we will pray and sing together, we play games and we always give something to drink, to eat or a present. The clubs are leaded by Ezechiel and Wheda. Often we use a flanell board to teach stories out of the Bible. The children will always learn a Bible verse.




During the week often the children come by and tell, for example, that they still remember the Bible verse or they start to sing a song that they just learned.




 

 



In May we made with Motherday all flowers that the children could give to their mom. They decorated the flower and wrote a small card to the mom. As result a few mothers came by to tell how pleased they where. One kid came by to tell that he that he got extra rice and fish, as a present back from is mom.

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