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L.A.C.E.S. 2022 Liberia Trip

The entire US staff headed to Liberia in May and had an amazing time getting to see the programs, meet the children we serve and thank our coaches for all of their hard work. 

This was a special trip for our team as it was the last trip our Founder, Seren Fryatt, will be taking as the Executive Director of L.A.C.E.S. Seren founded L.A.C.E.S. in 2007 and after 15 years will be transitioning from the position of Executive Director to Board member. Liberia is where L.A.C.E.S. started, so it was fitting that we spend her last few weeks as the Executive Director celebrating her impact on the youth in Liberia.

“Being in Liberia was a great way to close out my first chapter with L.A.C.E.S. I am grateful for the kind words expressed. They made me cry, laugh, and brought joy as it reminded me of how our mission has over the last 15 years and continues to change lives of the vulnerable youth we serve. ”  – Seren Fryatt, Founder of L.A.C.E.S.

Coach Armstrong and Seren performing the L.A.C.E.S. song in Kakata, Liberia

In addition to the celebration, our entire U.S. team, who had never been to Liberia, were able to meet the hundreds of children they impact through their hard work every day. 

Leah Thirkill, Operations Manager in the U.S. commented, “I have been working with L.A.C.E.S. for the last three years, helping the US office and programs run smoothly. In that time I’ve also worked virtually with Pastor Roberts and James to tell the stories of our Liberian youth, mentors and programs. It was an amazing honor to be introduced to the coaches and children I have come to know so well from afar and see first hand the great impact of our work amongst their communities.”

“Seeing all of the staff together only affirmed that as I make this transition our mission is stronger than ever.” – Seren Fryatt, Founder of L.A.C.E.S.

L.A.C.E.S. team at the Kakata program's Celebration

L.A.C.E.S. enjoyed their Liberia home for the week, the beautiful Ocean View guesthouse that was two steps away from a gorgeous ocean view!

We’d like to thank our donors for their generosity during our Feeding the Future campaign. While visiting Liberia, the L.A.C.E.S. US team was able to witness the impact of your support. With your help we will be able to provide our youth with 20,000 meals.

The L.A.C.E.S. team and our youth kicked off our afternoon in Buchanan with some fun and games during last week’s Liberia Trip!

 L.A.C.E.S. received a celebratory greeting from our youth in Kakata during our 2022 trip with welcome signs and the return of graduated members. 

The L.A.C.E.S. team and youth enjoyed another fun-filled afternoon of soccer and kickball games in Kakata during our 2022 Liberia trip!

L.A.C.E.S. had an incredible time on our 2022 Liberia Trip. We hope you enjoyed viewing the highlights of our week. It was a privilege to witness the impact of your support on the L.A.C.E.S. youth, their coaches and their communities. Until next time!

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