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deborah andfriendsLast week was the first time the three most affected West African nations recorded no new cases of Ebola since the unprecedented crisis began in March 2014.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 11,000 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  There is no assurance that the disease is complete.  Liberia had been declared free of the disease in May 2015 when a flare up occurred in June.  It is now disease-free for the second time.

The impact on Deborah and her sister Florence and cousins Mattie and Ingrid has been tremendous.  Schools were closed for six months.  Simple human touch – a handshake or a hug – has all but disappeared.  Deborah no longer shares her lunch or water with friends at school.  Her classroom holds fewer children, all of whom must sit further apart than before Ebola; many children have not returned to school.


The Foundation for Women Liberia’s Post-Ebola Recovery Program is underway.  Everything has changed in Liberia.  Now is time to really make a difference in a country where we have been working since 2007 and are regarded as a major force of social change.


Our goal is $50,000 by December 31, 2015 in support of our three microfinance products:  group loans, individual loans, and low-fee independent school loans.  

We have helped thousands of women and families in 250 communities across the country.  Help is needed now more than ever. 


Please be part of this Post-Ebola Recovery Program by:

Visiting and pressing “DONATE NOW”

By sending a check to FFW PO Box 2786 La Jolla, CA 92038

By calling Cory at 858.483.0400 to make a donation by phone

By contributing appreciated stock and receiving a tax- deduction from us

For every donation of $200 or more, we will send you an “Amazing Grace” bracelet made by women in Liberia where the average income is less than $1 per day.  





ONLYLOVE Documentary Film Released Today

Friday, July 24, 2015
On this day when I was due to be landing home again in Liberia, I am delighted to share with you the first documentary short film in our project sharing the stories of those whose voices are not heard in the Ebola crisis.

I decided to delay my trip to Liberia Monday after guests from the University of San Diego cancelled at the last moment.  The reoccurrence of Ebola a couple of weeks ago in Liberia caused the postponement.  Here is the latest update from The UN:
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Our great appreciation to award-winning documentary filmmaker Tony Perri for making this first short available before Liberian Independence Day this Sunday, July 26th, and before the anniversary of the announcement of the global health crisis which was declared August 8, 2014.  This is just the beginning of  our documentary film project – a great beginning it is!  Thank you Tony!
With love and gratitude to you all for believing in the Foundation for Women and our work, now in Liberia,


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Improving Girls Education Through Technology

Improving Girls Education Through Technology, Labs For F-SHAM
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Published: 16 July 2014
Monrovia - Vice President Joseph Boakai has announced collaboration between F-SHAM of Faith School for Girls, The Foundation for Women and EDIFY, an educational partner in Liberia that has resulted a transformed F-SHAM into a Technology school for girls in Liberia.

The technology school is the first of its kind with low-fee independent school for girls in Liberia.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President quotes the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Foundation for Women Madam Deborah Lindholm as saying that the transformation of F-SHAM includes the refurbishment of the physical structure and interior courtyard with additions that includes two state of the art computer labs.


She also disclosed that a solar system to provide power for these labs and other needs for the school that will eliminate the expensive regular use of a generator would shortly be provided.

Lindholm said: “Accordingly, the high technology upgrade includes the latest technology computers with high speed internet, video connection possibilities worldwide, access to global software and teaching support, and the transformation of the school’s accounting system and practices.

“Moreover, according to Madam Lindholm, the Lab will benefit students of F-SHAM, the teaching and administrative staff and the community, as the computer labs will be accessible outside of school hours to the surrounding community.”

She said, F-SHAM was chosen for this special project due to their history of academic excellence of their committed founders and staff, and their willingness to grow beyond the present reality of education in Liberia, particularly for girls.

The FFW is a registered NGO operating in Liberia since 2007 providing microfinance support to more than 10,000 women in more than 250 communities in 14 counties and has also provided microfinance support to 15 low –fee independent school operators to enhance education in Liberia, a VPO release concluded.

According to Madam Lindholm the two labs are unique in a way that EDIFY the group funding the project through FFW purchased a special kind of software (Smile) that makes teaching and learning easy for students and teachers at all levels.

SMILE technology, according to her was purchased from the Stanford University in the United States, which gives students access to all the educational materials without Internet access.

Also speaking at the program US ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac commended FFW for the support to the country’s education sector with specific reference to girls’ education, which according to her is cardinal to the growth and development of Liberia.

The Liberia education Master plan in 1999 reported that Africa has about 57.65% male and 42.38% female students. From this data, Liberia could not boast of a ratio of 5 to 3 School — going girls to that of boys.

The dropout rate for girls is very high. Most girls end up in the streets of Liberia with nothing to do and thereby forced into early marriage.

It is against this background that the need for the establishment of an institution like F-SHAM OF FAITH GIRLS ACADEMY became necessary.


F-SHAM offers a basic educational program for Girls, which provides the foundation for continuous and lifelong learning for sustenance.

The institution is the first of its kind in the country, it was established in 2000 on April 19, by five prominent Liberian Women who saw the need for such venture during the post war period of national reconstruction.

 The idea of establishing F-SHAM according to the Principal started, when Sarah Kokulo Taylor (Mrs.) (the proprietress and a founding member) was in the service of her church school, St. Peters Lutheran High School.


As a Principal, Sarah had some administrative problems with the Parish Council for refusing to provide the needs of the students. This frustration led her to one of the Board members, Mrs. Mildred P. George to tell her of her intention to resign as a principal of St. Peters Lutheran high school.


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