Fish Ponds, Fruit Trees, Construction and Our Friend, Jefferson

With so much happening on the CLTI campus, it’s hard to know where to start.

First, we want to say thank you to those stalwart friends who responded to our need for immediate funding. Facing a possible slow down due to lack of cement, a number of people sent donations, and we also received a grant from one of our partner churches in the Chicago area.

This means that we will be able to pour the slab for the second floor on schedule.  Framing for the second floor slab is almost completed, and we expect to begin pouring  in about one week.  We are hopeful to have enough bags of cement to make enough concrete for the entire pouring. We just had a shipment of 700 bags of cement delivered to the campus.  Sei is working alongside the crew each day, and Yah is on the campus each day seeing to the details of the day and making sure that the crew has a delicious mid-day meal of Jolof rice.

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Second floor framing for the slab


Above we have some raw video footage of the second floor as they prepare the forms for pouring the second floor slab.   Despite the fact that this is an “unpolished” nine seconds of video, we thought you would enjoy seeing it.

The next bit of news is that we are in the process of digging fish pond number four.  We are well aware that self-sustainability must be a goal for the college preparatory high school.  We also know that the people of Liberia, and Gompa, our city, pay a high price for protein sources, 90% of which is imported from Guinea.  Our fish ponds will provide fresh tilapia and catfish to the Gompa market at a fair and reasonable price, and bring an income to the school.  Digging a fish pond (each one is about 20×30 feet and is dug by hand) is dirty, back-breaking work, and we are grateful to our crew who show up faithfully every day to work on this project.

Fish pond #4 being hand dug


Soon fish pond #4 will look like these two ponds.  Brown water?  No worries!  This is a result of their recent construction.  The brown sediment will settle, and in a month or so we will have beautiful, clear water for our fish.

Additionally, we are starting to plant an orchard on the slopes of the ravine with orange, avocado, and mango trees.  In about two years these trees will bear fruit, and we will also be able to offer fresh fruit, organically grown, to the Gompa market.  Jacob, a master gardener from Gompa, is helping us set up the orchard in a professional and orderly way.  He will be our gardening mentor as time goes on.

Orange, avocado and mango trees ready to be planted
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Jacob, our master gardener

And finally, on Sunday August 11, we sent God’s blessing with our dear friend, Jefferson Polay, as he begins his college career.   Jefferson is our Discipleship Leader in the Discipleship Program, and he will major in Biblical Studies at a nearby university. He will be a commuter, so we don’t need to worry about losing him!  CLTI is sponsoring his education through the generosity of a private donor.

Jefferson Polay

Friends, your donation, whether large or small, is so important to the continuation of the construction of this high school building.  Please make a donation today.  You can donate by clicking on the “Donate” tab above, or send your check to:


P.O. Box 1123

Carmel, IN. 46082


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