I first met Frances Swaray on a mission trip to Liberia in the summer of 2017. Frances has been faithfully serving in West Africa since 2016. During my trip, I was inspired by her heart for the Lord, compassion for the people there, and relentless drive to see change occur. In March 2018, her dreams of the Koinonia Trust came to life and the organization was established. At the time Frances asked me to serve as a non-executive board director. I happily joined, and have been a part of the team since then.
This Spring, I have decided to train for a full marathon with the purpose of raising awareness and financially supporting the Koinonia Trust. I am scheduled to run it on April 14th. With my busy travel schedule for work, I am viewing this not as a setback but rather an opportunity to train daily with others safely and share the work that is being done in Liberia and the finances needed to support it. I am asking people to consider giving through one of these ways:
50¢ per mile ($13 total)
$1 per mile ($26 total)
$2 per mile ($52 total)
$3 per mile ($78 total)
Any form of giving is greatly appreciated. Would you consider donating in one of these four ways to help advance the amazing work in Liberia, as we seek to bring beauty out of ashes?
Click the GoFundMe link below to donate.
***All funds raised will go directly to sustaining the work of the Koinonia Trust***
The construction of additional outside classrooms for the Homework Club. The structure is designed so it can be taken down and re-erected if we ever have to move but gives us more space to accommodate more kids.
Today we did a workshop for a youth organisation who are living beside us….they are called Brighter minds for a progressive future. We taught on the practice of self reflection, the defined roles in a team and communication skills
We are delighted to congratulate Reuben Kinnie on the completion of his vocational training as an electrician. As a valued member of our team Reuben supervises our homework club and study classes. In addition now accepted to do a degree in electrical engineering he hopes to progress his education in 2020. We at the Koinonia Trust are incredibly proud of him as he has embraced new opportunities. We want to say thank you to all who fund and support us. Furthermore this is an example of how it is making a real difference, bringing hope to many.
In September we commence our study and reading project and are deeply thankful to the Irish Embassy/Irish Aid in Monrovia for their support in this project.
We will have an additional four graduates helping to supervise the classes.
These classes will offer a safe space for the local children and youth to improve their reading skills and receive help with their homework. It will also give us an opportunity to increase their knowledge around health and well-being as well as giving them opportunities to develop personally.
In May The Koinonia Trust facilitated an all-day wholeness and personal development workshop for the leaders of the partner organisations of ‘Kvinna till Kvinna‘.
This workshop explored how trauma affects our health and our communities. Together we explored the different aspects of health and the importance of self reflection as a leader. We looked at communication skills and understanding peoples behavior and how best to approach difficult subjects.
The feedback from those who attended was so encouraging…
“I enjoyed everything that was taught and I learned a lot of new things that will help improve my life and people I call my friends”