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Washington, DC 20003
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LET's mission is to build and rehab 50 schools;
train 500 teachers; award 5,000 scholarships principally to girls
to enroll in school and to stay in school; to support women to
enter teacher training colleges; and, to enroll market women in
literacy programs. LET is a grant making initiative.
Welcome to the Liberian Education Trust (LET), a charitable trust
formed to harness American support for the restoration of
basic education in post-civil-war Liberia.
Liberia is a small country in West
Africa that has just emerged from 14 years of civil war
which destroyed the country's infrastructure, killed,
maimed, and displaced hundreds of thousands of its citizens.
In January 2006, the country held its first democratic elections,
and as a result, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was
elected president. She is a highly-regarded, well-educated international
civil servant and business leader. She is the first woman to become
the head of an African state, but most importantly, she is dedicated
to universal education and the elimination of illiteracy.
Johnson Sirleaf has her work cut out for her
as she inherited a collapsed state with a very small budget and
enormous needs: 80% unemployment; extreme poverty with average
earnings of $1 a day; no electricity; no landlines; no running
water; no sewage system; unpaid police and little infrastructure.
Facing so many challenges, she had to focus
on a limited set of first tier issues upon taking office: peace
& security; economic growth; corruption; the rule of law.
There were not sufficient funds in the state
budget to address the massive needs in education. Thus, during
her first visit to the US as president-elect in December 2005,
as Americans asked what they could do to help, she envisioned LET
as a way to harness support for Liberia’s educational needs.
LET is a project of the AllAfrica Foundation,
a U.S. public charity, that focuses global public
attention on critical issues of African development.
All contributions to LET are tax deductible to the
full extent of the law.
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