Soon we plan to adopt high schools to match the primary and junior high schools located in the same community or outside a community. We will provide health and education programs to reach the needs of our population.
Though we are not considering high schools as partners now. If you are a high school (9-12 grade) in the Barnesville or Paynesville community, please contact us. If you belong to a primary, secondary, and junior high school in another community outside of Barnesville, and would like to partner with HVK Children’s Foundation, please use our e-mail to contact us.
Department of Research, Curriculum Design and Programs
We research, design, monitor and evaluate innovative models to impact the health and well-being of citizens living in low-income countries. Since 2016, we designed Project REACH, our off-line e-learning program to address poor literacy, that is now in implementation stage. We are designing our second education readiness program, 21st Century Success. These two education programs allows us to develop a Teacher Training Initiative to support teachers to adopt these programs. Also, we have partnered with Dr. Jill McCracken from the University of South Florida, the principal investigator, to conduct focus groups with key population (LGBTQ, sex workers, and youth ages 10-19) for the development of a Sexuality Education, Risk, and Violence (SERV) program.
School-Based Education Programs
Project REACH aims to enhance the learning and teaching capacity of rural primary and secondary schools by providing them with computers or laptops, an offline e-learning system with built-in reading resources and resources that support science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education, and a computer science curriculum to expand learning and STEAM education. Teachers receive five-days training before the school year commences in September, and monthly workshops for one year. This program is paired with a solar-powered system for schools without electricity.
Project REACH is impacting five schools in Monrovia. Teachers at these schools attend monthly training to better adopt the content to what they are teaching. Over the next year, we are working to match the content on the portal to create a teacher manual and student workbook to better measure literacy and STEM impact. After one year of adopting the system, teachers will become certified ICT/ Project REACH instructors, an invaluable skill in today’s world.
Five primary and junior high schools based in Paynesville, Monrovia, Liberia
Goal(s) by 2020
- To increase usage of technology at resource-low schools
- To improve STEAM and literacy among children
- To provide teacher training to increase the number of subject matter teachers using technology to teach in the classroom
- To provide training and resources for teachers to measure each student’s reading level
Since July 2018
- Teachers Trained = 20
- Students Reached = 1,033
- Tablet Laptops/GSAP Portal Donated = 34
We are committed to the long-term support and sustainability of every project we undertake.
The 21st Century Success
The 21st Century Success is a readiness program that teaches real world application; it also aims to prepare low-income elementary and junior high students to add new skills into their tool box for today and tomorrow. 21st Century Success is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Our program focus on WICOR with the addition of STEM, character-building, and basic career-track education. Also, the program includes field trips to NGOs, non-profits, and national institutions in Liberia. In addition, guest speakers are be invited into the classroom to share their expertise in ways to reach educational and professional goals, and to motivate students about options for their future.
The program is coupled with the technology used in Project REACH, GSAP portal created by Dr. Stephen Mecca at Providence College S-lab).
School-based Health Programs
HVK Children’s Foundation is developing an assessment to determine baseline data in which will be used to identify priority areas for the development of interventions and to assess their progress. The assessment will measure poverty at the family level; food insecurity; feeding at school; affordability of school-lunch at school, and any other economic or behavioral practices relating to eating or feeding or malnutrition among school-aged children.
Target population: the survey aims to gather quantitative and qualitative assessment measurements from parents, school administrators, teachers and students.
Health Education Program (starting 2018)
Sexuality Education, Risk, and Violence (SERV)
HVK Children’s Foundation is developing a health education program with the support of Dr. Jill McCracken, an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Co-Founder/Co-Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars. Behind Bars provides community support for incarcerated sex workers and connects incarcerated sex workers in US prisons and jails to the sex worker rights movement. Her primary areas of research focus on sex work and trafficking in the sex industry, the impact of sexuality education on marginalized communities, and women and incarceration. Her book, Street Sex Workers’ Discourse: Creating Material Change Through Agential Choice, is an analysis of street-based sex work representations, the power of everyday language, and how both influence the material conditions of individuals involved in street-based sex work (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group 2013).
Dr. McCracken is currently developing the Sexuality Education, Risk, and Violence (SERV) program in the Tampa Bay area, and is exploring how this program might be replicated in Liberia. The SERV project delivers a sexual risk reduction intervention (HIPTeens) for youth (13 through 19 years old) and measures the impact of this intervention on 1) an individual’s self-esteem and empowerment, 2) behaviors and experience with sexual activities, 3) vulnerability to and experiences of sexual violence, and 4) tendencies to or experiences of perpetuating sexual violence. Focus groups and interviews are used to better understand the current issues surrounding sexuality, risk, and sexual violence young people face as well as to gauge the outcomes and benefits of and suggested improvements to the curriculum.
Immunizations, Dental and Eye Care
HVK Children’s Foundation aims to partner with the Ministry of Health to provide schools with up-to-date health information and to ensure the protection of children and school staff. Under this plan, HVK ensures all children are immunized, de-worm, and have received dental and eye check-up based on the guidelines.
Over the next 5-years, we plan to gain national and international support and to commence the conversation which will lead to the developing programs to combat substance abuse & mental health (psychosocial programs for victim) and programs to help communities improve their built-environment.
Monitoring and Evaluation
HVK Children’s Foundation is invested in the full cycle of implementing health programs. From assessment to strategic planning to program design, monitoring and evaluation of all programs to ensure quality assurance and impact.
We are interested in these types of assessments:
- Survey Methodology
- Poverty and Food Security Assessment
- Community Assessment
- Assessments for Specific Programs
- Education Assessment
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Wash, Hygiene and Sanitation Program
Interventions to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene alone are estimated to reduce child mortality by 65 per cent. These environmental factors also contribute to life-long illness and disability triggered by the risks encountered in childhood
Since 2015, funding and partnership from the Rotary Club Foundation of Foxboro, Massachusetts and the Global Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP) created the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (WASH). This program enables low-income Liberian afford their own GSAP Microflush latrine. Since receiving the grant, 4 masons have been trained to construct the GSAP Microflush latrine; two churches and communities were sensitized about the sanitation micro-loan; one school constructed a latrine and assessment was conducted to integrate the latrine at several Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) in Liberia.
Moving forward, we are involved with this project as a school latrine program. Schools interested in remodeling their latrine system or schools with no indoor or outdoor latrine are encouraged to register for this program. Besides constructing a latrine system, health education on hygiene and sanitation practices are provided for the whole school.
- Small grant opportunity to support the construction of the Microflush latrine
- HVK Children’s Foundation will match the grantee both financially and with our latrine method
- HVK Children’s Foundation will train a team of masons (women also preferred), NGOs, non-profits, government institutions, and anyone interested to construct the Microflush latrine.
DONATE to our school latrine program.
How many people in Liberia are without sanitary latrine?
Access to improved drinking water
(93% urban, 58% rural)
Access to adequate sanitation
(63% urban, 27% rural)
About the Microflush Latrine
- The GSAP Microflush latrine is a hygienic and sustainable bio-fil toilet that isolates wastes from human space,
- The GSAP fabricated Microflush valve flush on 1 cup of water (150cc) which comes from hand washing,
- All materials used to construct the toilet can be locally found in Liberia,
- The user experience of the toilet is a clean bowl on every visit, no smell, odor, or flies
- GSAP Microflush requires no septic tank, and no frequent dislodging,
- Dislodges every two years and substances can be cultured for agriculture purposes
- It is a cost effective solution to improving hygiene and sanitation in urban and rural areas.
GOAL 6 OF THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS TO ENSURE WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL
About the WASH Program and the Microflush Latrine