The contractor is making excellent progress on the construction of our new cafeteria and kitchen building, which will be ready for use by the start of the next school year (2017/2018). The cafeteria will be the largest room on campus, accommodating a gathering of up to 200 people. Construction costs are projected to be within budget, but additional funds are needed for tables, benches, and kitchen equipment, including a charcoal cook stove. We estimate these items will cost approximately $6,000. If you would like to help us outfit our beautiful new cafeteria and kitchen, please send your contributions to:
Dougbe River School, P.O. Box 18017, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
New board members
At our June meeting the DRS Board elected two new members – Margaret Mwale and Rev. Ogden White. Margaret is Associate for Community Development and Constituent Relations for the Self Development of People committee at the national headquarters for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Ogie is a long-time member of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, where he has held numerous leadership positions, including PWR Moderator and Chairman of Committee on Ministry. If you would like to serve on the DRS Board, or perhaps on one of our committees (Operations, Development, Finance, or Strategic Planning) please contact John Luttermoser (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know your area of interest.
Meet Innocent Sore, assistant farm manager
Innocent Sore was one of the first employees of the Dougbe River School of Liberia. Innocent began his tenure at the school as Security Chief. But when his schedule allowed, Innocent also tended the school gardens and assisted with chores on the farm. Last year we made a significant investment in the school’s farm, doubling the tillable acreage and planting rice for the first time. Innocent assumed the position of Assistant Farm Manager earlier this year, and is leading the efforts of local volunteers and teachers who assist with farm tasks. Our search for a Farm Manager with agricultural education and experience continues, but in the meantime, it’s great to have Innocent overseeing this important operation. As a result of his leadership, our rice crop was very successful, yielding enough rice to feed our students for two years!
Dougbe River School students meet the challenge
In early April, our School hosted an Academic Challenge competition. Participating teams came from Zwedru, the county seat, 28 miles away, and from Ziah Town, which is 8 miles from our school. We are delighted to report that our students took top honors, scoring more points than any other team. Needless to say, the challengers were surprised at the outcome, but the event was fun for all, and the visitors enjoyed their day trip to the country.