Once again I bring to the community of Liberia scholars the sad news of the passing of a renowned scholar of the Liberian experience. Professor Svend E. Holsoe, an expert on the Vai people and an avid and unrelenting collector of things Liberian passed away at a Philadelphia hospital on the morning of May 4, 2017 after a protracted illness at age 78.
Svend Einar Holsoe, a major contributor to research on Liberian history, culture, and its people, has been reported dead.
Friends of Liberia, an organization started by former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Liberia, has proudly received the Loret Miller Ruppe Award for outstanding community service.
The We-Care Foundation, a local educational support group has ended the first pilot of its Family Literacy Initiative. The thirty-week home literacy program trained parents to provide home education for their young children.
In the small community of Barclay Farm on the outskirts of Firestone, a new maternity clinic has been declared open. The Lisnow Maternity Clinic formally opened for operations on April 30th during a festive ceremony attended by community members, most of whom are retirees of the Firestone Rubber Company.
Friends of Liberia has partnered with HIPPY International and the Monrovia-based We-Care Foundation to launch a family literacy initiative in Liberia.