WHO WE ARE
193 families in rural Liberia now have access to 2.8 million hours of clean solar light so children can study, families can share dinner, neighbors can socialize together, and for all to enjoy the night.
Village Improvement Project, VIP Inc., is a registered NGO in Liberia dedicated to improving daily life for rural villagers and to reducing the use of carbon fuels . We believe in connecting people and transforming communities. Everyone should have the opportunity to develop their potential and increase their productive capacity.
As the Village Improvement Project (VIP) launches its service to rural village communities in Liberia, we remain dedicated to our mission: helping to create smart, sustainable environments to build strong communities.
We are volunteers that have given our dedication, concern, money, and time to the well-being of residents of rural communities. You can help us achieve our goal of improving Liberian villages by donating or showing your support.
504 lanterns have arrived in Liberia!
Thanks to you, our generous supporters, more than 500 families in rural Liberia will very soon be receiving their own solar lantern to help light the night. Bright LED solar lanterns that are capable of charging mobile phones will be distributed in January and February to families in need of zero-cost clean and renewable energy that will reduce their cost of living by eliminating expensive kerosene and battery operated lights.
The lanterns were shipped from the U.S. in late November and arrived in Liberia in late December for distribution.
Since our last report, we have been busy upgrading our Liberian office with a new steel door, lock and paint. Also, we are working to secure duty-free privileges from the Liberia Revenue Authority for the products we are currently shipping to Liberia, which include the solar lanterns and lots of lightly used clothes for adults and children in villages where lanterns are being distributed. During the feedback loop survey we conducted in Liberia, we asked people we are seeking to help lift out of poverty what were some things they wanted to see change for the better in their communities. Additional clothes and shoes as well as improved drinking water ranked high among their options. Hence, we have sought to respond by partnering with deWellop, an international NGO to provide a town with two wells and collecting lightly used clothes and shoes in the U.S. for village families.
12/06/16 Christmas Giving Contest
You can help VIP win Global Giving's Christmas Country Challenge!
Although the matching funds from Global Giving Christmas Fund were gone in less than one day, we are still very much in the running for a top country prize which could mean well over $1,000 to light up the night in small, rural Liberian villages.
Only 25 days left to go!
Please help: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/solar-lanterns-for-80-village-homes-in-liberia/
You gift is now worth 50% more!
This month only, GlobalGiving UK will match your donation by 50% to Village Improvement Project. That is an amazing return on your kind giving! DONATE NOW at GlobalGiving UK
With the success of our last campaign, 504 solar lanterns are purchased and expected to arrive in Liberia in December.
Your donation will help pay for distribution in rural Liberia.
DONATE NOW at GlobalGiving UK
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What are villagers saying about their solar lanterns?
Find out from Global Giving's blog.