My brother's keeper
Ralph Galego and his team have been taking care of orphans and at-risk youth in Liberia since 1997. This orphanage and school in Careysburg provides a home and educational opportunities for abandoned and low-income children in the community. Our goal is to help them optimize operations and maximize organic resources to become self-sufficient and provide sustainable services to the surrounding area.
Partnership began in 2019
Coordinating donations of supplies such as clothing, food, and time to the orphanage as to better understand their future needs.
My Brother's Keeper is recognized by the Government of Liberia who has frequently brought children in to be taken care of by Ralph and his leadership team.
The majority of the kids at the orphanage have been separated or abandoned by their parents, the government of Liberia has often gone and collected kids in slum areas then brought them to this orphanage to take care of the kids with no federal or local assistance.
We chose this partnership because the leaders of this orphanage possess a strong desire to leverage generous donations with proper training and support.
Staff Number: 38 (some are seasonal or specialty such as with the agriculture, culinary, etc programs) Actual Teachers = 14
Volunteers: 7 (U.S. and Liberia)
Our team is working to get a pre-existing, industrial well back into working condition that will not only supply the orphanage and school with clean water, but can also present commercial monetization opportunities for the orphanage.
MBK serves the local community beyond the children living on-site, to help support the fundamental costs of the orphanage. The children within the community who attend school at My Brother's Keeper have faced difficulties in affording tuition, resulting in a budget shortfall for the 2021-2022 school year. Our goal is to help them solidify a budget, support their teachers, and help provide a stimulating learning environment for the children.
MBK has been blessed with a few donations to build a computer lab, but needs assistance starting and maintaining it. Our desire is to help create a an education program that will be a primary center for computer literacy in the community, as well as an additional source of income for the orphanage. For this program to become a reality our team needs to do the following:
Finish building the lab
Staff a computer science teacher
Support the associated utility and technical costs
Our goal is to help train MBK to become conscious stewards of the land while simultaneously producing their own food through sustainable agricultural practices. We aim to support the development of available resources by:
Sourcing proper agricultural tools and viable seeds
Selecting the area and preparing the land
Training staff and providing technical support and oversight
Building on successes, replicating best practices, and expanding our efforts