The Township of Gipo, Liberia

The township of Gipo, Liberia is about an hour away from Ganta accessible sometimes only by 4 wheel drive because of the mud.  It was a community prosperous in coffee, cocoa, cashews, and many other fruits and vegetables but the war changed that and addiction now holds the agriculture production to only sugar cane. Sugar cane not to be used for sugar, but cane juice, a dangerous alcohol that is slowly destroying the village life.

The beautiful township office needs attention:

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The Gipo Township Office

The school is missing teachers and students are soon bored.  The community only support elementary learning, there is a need to go up to high school and then vocational.

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Gipo elementary school

The area was once productive in cashew trees (like below) and a variety of other successful crops has now fallen to the demand of addiction from cane juice, fermented sugar cane alcohol which is dangerous to make and consume.

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Cane juice still

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Cane juice for sale

There is hope for Gipo, there is a vison of a better future for these children.

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children raise themselves, she is making lunch.

Priscilla has a dream to finish this vocational center that will be accessed not only by the residents of Gipo but 13 other villages.  The mission is going to help with an agriculture vocational program to encourage the redevelopment of the agriculture production in this area.  This vocational center has a good start, it is one of the best designed schools we have seen in Liberia.  Priscilla has a vision and we hope to see it produce!

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The front of the vocational center

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A spacious will lit room

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Priscillia and Trav envision out door seating areas

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Priscillia and Gina share ideas about village development

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