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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Ms. Miatta T. Johnson, VIP's Country Director, coordinates all our work in Liberia.
VIP Receives "Superstar" Status
1/25/18 - This just in from GlobalGiving! "Congratulations on a great year! We are thrilled that Village Improvement Project, Inc. is an active member of the GlobalGiving community with a GlobalGiving Superstar status as of December 31st, 2017."
Thank You to Fidelity Charitable!
9/19/2018 - Great news! Village Improvement Project has just received a $3,000 donation from Fidelity Charitable for our solar lantern project. This generous donation came to us through GlobalGiving, our fundraising partner. We thank Fidelity Charitable for this generous donation and for their confidence in us that we will use it wisely.
We're in Business!
9/03/18 - Thanks to you and to everyone who has supported Village Improvement's goal of reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life for Liberian villagers through the increased use solar lanterns, we have been able to apply for a license to operate as a business in Liberia.
The license was granted last month. We are now, and will continue to be, a registered non-profit but we are now able to have an enterprise component also. We will be able to import and sell solar lanterns and then use the profit to provide lanterns to school children and villagers who cannot afford to buy lanterns.
Our business plan is to work with corporations and non-profits that have strategic philanthropic goals focusing on environmental concerns. These large companies may wish to donate lanterns in large quantities and we can provide the lanterns for them and deliver them to their chosen recipients.
We are always looking for the best quality lanterns at the best price. We could use your help. Have you ever used a solar lantern, perhaps for camping or as part of your emergency kit? We’d love to hear from you.
Our Contact Page: https://www.vipinc.org/contact-us.html
Thank you for your support. We really appreciate our donors!
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
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.