Who We Are
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.
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Villagers receiving their family's solar lantern.
Spotlight on a Millennial Donor
Meet Jatu Boikai, the daughter of Dr. LeRoy and Mrs. Musu Boikai. The Boikais emigrated to the U.S. from Liberia in the mid-1980s. Jatu and her two siblings, Jedediah and Vanjah, were born in New York City.
Jatu is a millennial who is passionate about volunteering and donating to worthy causes. While a sophomore nursing major in college, Jatu created a volunteer project to recruit fellow nursing students with roots in Liberia to visit in the summer of 2009 and volunteer at a Liberian hospital. The project was called Students Trying to Embrace and Empower Liberia (STEEL). She and another nursing student spent two weeks working at Liberia’s John F. Kennedy Hospital as delivery nurse assistants.
In December 2015, Jatu became the second recurring and sustaining donor to Village Improvement Project’s solar lantern program on GlobalGiving.com. Since then, Jatu has become the longest serving recurring donor to VIP. For her contributions in helping to improve the quality of life for village residents in rural Liberia, Jatu is a VIP Champion.
Jatu is currently an Assistant Nurse Manager at Northwell Health Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY and pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Healthcare Systems Leadership.
Panasonic Donates 360 Lanterns
8/8/17 - Very exciting news for everyone at Village Improvement Project and all our generous donors and supporters. Panasonic has honored the VIP Solar Lanterns project with a donation of 360 Panasonic solar lanterns. Panasonic has said that they aim to contribute to the progress and development of societies in developing and emerging countries through donating a solar LED lanterns to people living in areas without electricity through 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company's founding.
Learn About the Cookstove Project
You can make a difference as Village Improvement Project, Inc. project works to design and produce cleaner burning stoves to reduce household air pollution for 98% of the population in Liberia, West Africa who use solid fuels for cooking.
Using a market-based approach while aiding a vulnerable population, VIP aims to hire 15 to 20 Liberians in years 1 and 2 to produce, distribute and sell stoves, reduce annual bio fuel use by 40% per household, increase savings of house hold income by 5 - 6% and save about 100 hours annually per household collecting firewood.
By Dr. LeRoy Boikai - President/CEO
On April 23rd & 24th, 2017, a total of 307 families in ten villages in Liberia received the latest consignment of solar lanterns. Poor road conditions made the distribution process slow and arduous. A team member trained homeowners on how to charge the lanterns and cell phones and provided helpful advice about how frequently to charge the lanterns.
The Village leaders and heads of households expressed thanks and promised to take good care of the lanterns. One villager said that their homes will not burn down anymore by candle and their children will have light to study. Another said, "we don't have money to buy batteries." In one village, an old man said, "I only use a flashlight but whenever the light spoiled, my family will stay in darkness." Another town resident said, "we have been using a piece of cloth in oil to make a lantern, so we thank you for bringing us this light."
YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING AMAZING
This is the change you are making--bringing hope and relief to villages in Liberia by contributing through the Global Giving Foundation. Your contributions are making big changes, so we thank you.
Ms. Miatta T. Johnson, VIP's Country Director, gets ready to distribute the latest shipment of Solar Lanterns.