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.
Make Your Gift Worth 60% More!
GlobalGiving's Renewal Energy Match will match 60% of your donation to VIP's Improved Cookstove campaign until June 8, 2017. We are also eligible for an extra bonus of $1,200 if we can stay in second place. Any amount means so much.
We have already raised over $9,800. Thank you to all of you who donated and helped bring the Cookstove project closer to reality.
We will still need more help as we seek to replace three-stone open fire cooking method with improved cook stoves for rural village communities in Liberia.
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.