In the Fall of 2018 The Whitsun Leadership Group organized a 20′ container of books, learning resources and other items to go from Freeport, Bahamas to Liberia, West Africa in order to help build ‘Libraries in Liberia’. This effort came about after a visit to Liberia in 2016 where we found that the country would be helped if they had more libraries and so we decided to undertake a major effort to collect sufficient books in order to help build about 3-4 medium libraries or about 7-10 small libraries. We were successful in collecting over 350 boxes of books along with over 30 encyclopedia sets. We also helped to start a school in Liberia with a donation of over 1,000 pounds of books in 2014; so our effort in 2016 was building on that of two years prior. The container was shipped and arrived in Liberia in one piece but now its clearance has been held up due to the fact that organizer and recipient do not have the balance of funds needed to clear it.
We face a whole host of fees including terminal fees, shipping line fees, broker fees, transport fees and more. We have already paid a number of bills relating to the container so far and were almost complete in the process but a mistake was made by the authorities and it costs a delay along with additional fees that we were required to pay. We have protested and requested consideration in our case but it has fallen on deaf ears. This has been very disheartening and we fear that all of our effort, the assistance of our community and others will all go in vain.
We do not wish to have the container go into the hands of the Liberian government because its contents may not very well benefit the children that the goods were originally earmarked for. The goods are being directed to a local orphanage and includes items like clothes, computers and sewing machines in order to clothe and teach the children a trade in order to make them self-sufficient. Every day the bill is increasing and it places the successful conclusion of our efforts in jeopardy! We have tried a number of avenues to get the funds but have not been able to do so.
If we can get the assistance of a group of persons to help us raise approximately $7,500 it will help us to avoid the container being auctioned off.
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