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This is an Investor Pack that shares our mission to diversify and strengthen income for a community in Liberia. The community is on a mission to develop agriculture in their town and to build a self sustainable school for their children. This pack explains in more detail what they are doing and how we are serving them. It also shares exactly how you can contribute to them achieving their goals. Please offer feedback as to how we can strengthen our Investor Pack as this is the first time we have created anything of its kind!
JOIN US IN MAKING THE
80% of schools were destroyed
in a 14 year long civil war
65% of primary school aged
children are not in education.
50% of young people aged 15-
24 are illiterate.
WE ARE THE
With the support of
Big Idea Leadership in
Liberia we are building
a school for our
children and developing
an agricultural program
to sustain it.
That Leaders Create Leaders.
That there is an undeniable
connection between powerful
service and transformational
In creating sustainable impact
within local communities.
In the power of investment
In serving rather than helping.
Barw’du School is…
A school built by the community, for the community.
A collaboration between local and global
A school that in 20 years time will have inspired an
alumni of past students to return and sustain it.
The hub of the community offering adult learning,
community group meeting place, a space for extra
curricular activities and home to sporting events.
Where healthcare education is led by example, in that
hygiene education and a balanced diet from healthy
sustainable food sources is encouraged.
Embodying a culture that is supportive of diversity
and equality for all and learning skills are diverse,
including essential trades and not purely academic.
A Community Speaks
"The school is important because we will
not be covering longer distances for
education and my life will be different
because what I will learn there I will put it
to practice so that it will change my life."
Youth - Gertrude Saywon
"The school is important because it will
open our eyes and connect us to the
world and my life will change because if
you learn something today, it can benefit
Woman - Hannah Whea
"The whole township will improve when
the school is built; my children will attend
good school like others in America. It will
improve our lives and what we didn't see;
our children will now see and be the light
for our town ship."
Elder - Victor Duwee
"The school is so important for the
students and the teachers, because we
the teachers are also learning. If the
community don't learn anything to
improve their lives, it will be threat to the
community as it is. Once the school is built
and operational and my children are
there, my life, and family will positively
change because education is light"
Teacher - Alexander B. Titus
Will you join us in providing for the future of our community?
If you would like to get
the school built, here are
the ways in which you
can be involved:
Come with us, meet the community
Seeing is believing.
Share your gifts
We need expertise, knowledge and energy
What can you contribute?
From $1 to $1.5m
Your investment will make a difference.
Go to https://www.gofundme.com/barwdu
Read on to learn more and to see what it
takes to become a legacy investor…..
The government of the County of
Grand Bassa in Central Liberia has
granted a 52 acre parcel of land to be
dedicated to the vision of a future
The site is 10 miles from the heart of
Buchanan--the third largest city in
Liberia, with a population of
approximately 35,000—and one mile
from the main road that links
Monrovia to Buchanan. It is accessed
through the gravel road that leads to
Duwehns’s town, a small rural village.
The school will be built in the
Northernmost part of the site,
adjacent to the existing gravel road
The vision for the 52 acre site
contemplates the future development
of a technical school for trade oriented
occupations with an emphasis on
agriculture and self sustaining
activities. In addition, the master plan
will include housing villas for teachers
The rest of the site will be allocated to
Grand Bassa County BuchananCentral Liberia, Africa
A Self Sustaining
A technical school for trade oriented
occupations with an emphasis on agriculture
and self sustaining activities, permaculture.
The master plan includes housing
components for teachers and students and
an agricultural project to contribute to
Materials are all locally sourced and many
will be generated by simple on site
A water tower will capitalize on the ample
water supply on site and serve the needs of
the community as it develops
Classroom openings are screened but not
glazed which will maximise cross ventilation.
A double roof system keeps the classrooms
cool and airy and the large overhangs of the
metal roof will protect the space and
building from sun and heavy rain.
Electrical power is scarce in Liberia, mostly
supplied by fuel generators. Provisions will
be made for solar panels to be installed on
the corrugated zinc roof as a potential
source of energy.
A Community Led
The community leads on the project,
coached and mentored by BILL.
We, the community, have our own skills
and expertise, we complement those by
inviting collaborators to contribute their
skills and expertise to the community.
Regular consultation and town hall
meetings ensure that the wider
community are engaged and motivated to
support the project.
There is a community committee and an
NGO team in Liberia, homegrown and
home led – our aim is for the cycle of aid
to be broken. In the interests of progress,
the community committee contributes our
time and effort voluntarily.
G. Jackson Saywon
Coordinator/Liaison representing the
community on the entire project.
He is a teacher and studied criminal
justice at the Grand Bassa
The community designated farm manager.
He is also a community health worker and
Secretary of the community team.
He is a high school graduate and a
teacher for the community school.
He is also a farmer.
Women’s leader, representing the women
of the community.
She is a widow and also a farmer
Program Assistant for BILL
A social worker and married with two kids.
Engineering Consultant for BILL
He is an engineer graduated from the BWI.
WE ARE “BILL”
Big Idea Leadership in Liberia
(BILL) was founded by
Emmanuel Wragboe, Simon
Crowe and Natasha McCreesh
in 2016, we have used our
personal funds to progress our
work so far.
In 2018 the team has grown to
include Liberian volunteers;
Charles James, Martin Mulbah,
We received our first major
donations in 2018 which
contributed to roof and
window repairs to an
orphanage in the community
and also kickstarted the
So far we have …
Set up an NGO
Surveyed and registered land
Completed an architectural/construction
review and had award winning architectural
Drafted initial bill of quantities, 3yr school
running costs, school capital expenditure
Created an initial business plan
Drafted an agricultural proposal, cleared 2
acres of land and prepared it for seeding
Met with local ministers and public sector
education administrators to smooth progress
for the school build project
Raised kickstarter funds to provide tools,
seeds and sustenance for the agricultural
Fund a Classroom
Invest this amount to have a classroom
constructed in your name. Join us to cut
the ribbon on your classroom and affix
your commemorative plaque on the wall.
Fund our Community
Block for $30,000
Invest this amount to have the
Community, Training and Administration
block constructed in your name. Build the
bricks and mortar to house the heart of
this community, come join the community
in celebrating its opening.
Fund our Water
Tower for $40,000
Invest this amount to have the Water
Tower constructed in your name. Create
the legacy of clean water for the children
and the community. Join us to cut the
ribbon and hand out the first glasses of
Fund our Agricultural
Project for $40,000
Help the community to sustain the school
and feed itself for life. A trial area has
been cleared and is ready for seeding.
Sponsor the community in agricultural and
commercial training so that they can
thrive in their endeavor.
Fund a School for
Invest this amount to have one of the
three school wings constructed in your
name. Join us to cut the ribbon on your
wing and affix your commemorative
plaque on the wall.
To become a legacy investor contact
Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org
In July 2016 Jaya Kader, a
Miami based architect flew
to Liberia and met with the
We couldn’t have
envisaged the design that
she created following that
sympathetic to its
environment and a thing of
It’s no wonder our
architectural designs are
0’ 5’ 10’ 20’
1 Entry Pavilion
2 Water Tower
3 Administration Building
4 Crops Sculpture
5 Elementary School
6 Middle School
7 High School
School Site Plan
The school site plan involves a
semicircular entry pavilion with the
water tower and administrative
office to either side.
All three educational clusters—
elementary, middle and high
schools-- are organized around a
landscape sculpture which is on
axis with the entry and inspired by
the geometry of the Flower of Life.
As the local population will
participate in the actual
construction of the project, it was
important to standardize the
geometry to facilitate lay
Each school cluster consists of two
wings of equally shaped spaces.
The larger wing houses 6
classrooms and the smaller one
includes two multipurpose rooms, a
kitchen with associated storage
areas, and an outdoor dining
Given the open air ventilation of the
project, bathrooms are required to
be separate from the main
structure, accessible through a
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
2 Dining Hall
4 Small Atrium
ELEVATIONS AND SECTIONS
Entry Pavilion and Water Tower
ELEVATIONS AND SECTIONS
The semicircular entry pavilion
greets visitors as they approach the
site. With the water tower as the
focal object on one side and
administrative office on the other,
the outdoor pavilion serves as the
welcoming structure for the
Upon passing through the entry
pavilion, the three school clusters
are organized around the central
sculptural landscape inspired by
the Flower of Life geometry. Each
segment of the intersecting circles
of the flower will be planted with a
sampling of the agricultural crops
that will be harvested on the rear of
The classrooms are open and airy.
They provide a warm and pleasant
environment with the local clay
brick walls, openings that afford
abundance of natural light and
ventilation. Local bamboo will be
used for the sloped ceilings.
The open dining area is clad in the
same materiality as the
classrooms, with a total open front
The courtyard spaces within each
cluster are flexible in nature and will
adapt to the different school
school or high school. They
provide playground opportunities
for the younger students or
gathering areas for older groups.
The large loggia provides under
cover gathering spaces for
students as well as visual access to
The Flower of Life Landscape
sculpture, will constantly serve as
reminder that only through working
the land and creating an
community will the school be able
Education in Liberia is not free and
only available to the small
percentage of the population that
can afford it.
THESE ARE THE CHILDREN OF DUWEHN TOWN.
JOIN THEM IN MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE