There is a good market for manufactured covers for commercial trucks. We can start a small manufacturing shop to cut the covers and make truck covers for sale. The covers are used for roofs on schools and churches. We need to determine what percentage is for donation and what for sales.
We have been collecting covers from a pool cover manufacturer and plans are being made for a micro-business to cut them, install grommets and ropes and sell them to truckers.
Joni Candler did a great deal of work on this, spending a lot of time with the four nursing students. We visited three clinics and a hospital. The story is the same in all of them. Lack of facilities and supplies.
Medical needs critical, NGO’s are pulling out and shutting clinics. There is a second wave of death from the war going on. We need to start a clinic.
Plans are being made to open a clinic. This is a huge task and large sums of money will be needed. Any clinic for the poor will have to be funded almost 100% Sarah Kangar is an experienced administrator and is leading the effort.
The men have detailed plans, they know how to build it and we will proceed when the time is right. I looked at many chambers. The price is high in Monrovia as the gas station owners are looking forward to power and gas stations with pumps has driven up the cost of big tanks. We are exploring doing it in Buchanan where tank prices are probably lower. Peter?s brother is a welder and has the welder to do this job..
Art Show/Cultural Exchange With Jackson State University
Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. Is one of the largest African American universities in the U.S. They are going to feature Liberian artists in a one month show in April 2008. We had three meetings in Liberia and talked about the kind of work we want. Samuel King as heading up finding artists. He is an artist and in Peter?s church. Judging will be done by photos. I gave Sam a digital camera so he can do this work.
Done, went well. Had four choirs: two English and two Bassa. We got good material for a CD of Liberian music. We want to use this for promotional purposes and maybe for sale to cover costs at churches we visit. I taped two hours of music in a wonderful facility.
Theater/Christian Entertainment Center
We have bought land between Monrovia and Roberts?s Field The deal should be closed by the end of this week. There is a building boom area, nice houses but no facilities. We are still looking for investors. This is a Joint Venture, outside of Revive Liberia Missions. All proceeds benefit various mission endeavors in Liberia.
Met with Ruth Caesar, shot video at a free school school started by parents in a very poor part of Monrovia.
Met with R. Gardener?s aunt who runs a school near the compound, they need a tarp badly for extra space. 400 plus kids are there.
Jeff Carlson got the big Onan generator running. Thanks to Bill Sebald for the donation.
Jesaju village: they cleared the road with our chainsaws, also built bridge. We were the first car to cross the bridge and the first car to ever enter their village. They were VERY happy to see us come.
Monrovia is growing due to influx of people returning and people coming in from the bush.
AIDS is on the rise as is cholera.
Liberian Association for the Blind need shoes, gave money to fix typewrites and Braillers (Braille typewriters)