Fall 2023 Project Update

The official groundbreaking ceremony of the Liberian Learning Center took place in Paynesville, Liberia, on the grounds of Paynesville City Hall in October 2019. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly interrupted further development of the Centre for a short period. However, the resilience of the community and partners enabled our team to resume work on the ground, following the COVID-19 health and safety protocols of the local government.

By mid 2021, construction began in accordance with environmentally friendly engineering standards and values of sustainability. Despite the instability and supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic, the completion of Phase 1, which is the largest component of the project, is in sight. To date, approximately 70% of the construction has been completed, including structural framing, reinforcement of concrete columns, roof framing, beams and members, and masonry units.

Activities Timeline

December 2023
Phase 1 building will be enclosed with a roof

Phase 1 fully furnished and operational

Phases 2 and 3 complete


We are thankful for the generous financial contributions of donors, which have funded the majority of Phase 1 construction costs. As of October 2023, we need to raise $1.5M CAD to complete all three Phases (buildings) of the Liberian Learning Center, as well as to fund the initial programming activities of Phase 1.


Empowerment Squared is planning an event to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 as well as to leverage the opportunity to raise funds for the ongoing development of the Center. This event will take place on February 23, 2024 in Liberia. Our Canadian and Liberian board members, staff, supporters, donors, partners, and community members are invited to celebrate this significant achievement.