Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have seen civil war and destruction in the past twenty

years that has devastated their institutions of government, as well as, their infrastructure. When conflict

breaks out in one country, it inevitably leads to the migration of refugees across the porous national

borders; this in turn puts stress on the infrastructure of the stable country, leading to more tension.

In an effort to mitigate the cross-pollination of refugees, and to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure in

these countries, The client devised an initiative called Learning Along Borders for Living Across

Boundaries (LAB4LAB). The focus of this initiative is to place high quality sustainable schools and

community centers along the borders of these countries. These schools will act as a hub for the local

villages, helping them to weather any regional conflict, while also providing much needed schools and

amenities for the surrounding area.

It was decided that the first of these LAB4LAB schools would be designed and built in Ganta, Liberia, less

than 2km from the border with Guinea, and far from the capital, Monrovia. The school in Ganta was

opened in 2010, and will hopefully be the first of many more to come.