Central to FUEL Youth’s mission is the construction of school facilities in under served Liberian communities. FUEL Youth works closely with community leaders to build and support schools. Currently, we are working in two project sites.
Swaggart Island is a small island community in Gardnersville, just outside of Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. Located on Swaggart Island is United Christian Academy (UCA), FUEL Youth’s flagship school. Since the school opened in 2006, FUEL Youth has supported several projects to develop the UCA community, including the provision of scholarships, educational materials, teacher workshops, and clean drinking water. Currently, UCA educates nearly 400 students in pre-kindergarten through 9th grade, and FUEL Youth is working to develop a library on-site to advance student and community learning.
In 2009, FUEL Youth broke ground on its second school which is under construction in the predominantly Muslim village of Messima in Grand Cape Mount County. Currently, about 100 children from Messima and three surrounding villages gather to learn in a three-room, makeshift structure. The new school will include nine classrooms, an auditorium, a nurse facility, and an early childhood education center. We expect construction to be complete by the end of 2012.