Lifting up Liberian Youths (LULY) is a Christian ministry and humanitarian aid organization, founded by Liberian native Teddy Sayonkon. Our vision is to become a globally recognized organization. Our dream is to see a new generation emerge as role models and leaders, not only in Liberia, but in Africa and the world at large. Our mission is to remain committed to sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while providing humanitarian aid and scholarship support to needy school children in Liberia.


During the last 6 years, LULY has distributed over 300 books and 100 Bibles, as well as hundreds of donated school supplies, clothing, shoes, and athletic equipment. These needed materials and supplies are distributed personally by Teddy Sayonkon and his team in 6 schools and one hospital in Liberia: Carver Mission Academy, ELWA Academy, Nazarene, United Liberia Inland School, Calvary Chapel, Antioch Baptist and ELWA hospital. Additionally, 19 scholarships have aided needy students to receive primary & secondary education that would not have been available to them without financial assistance. We currently have 21 active scholarships supporting students in 4 schools and 2 in Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary.


Lifting Up Liberian Youth is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and providing humanitarian aid to needy school children in Liberia. Donations of school supplies, clothing, shoes, Bibles, and athletic equipment and apparel are distributed by our founder and team members with messages of Christ’s love and God’s grace. Scholarships help support needy young students to attend Christian schools.

What’s special about LULY?

No administrative costs


“Boots on the ground” in Liberia to distribute supplies and monitor scholarship


Reliance on volunteers, donated supplies, and God’s grace


Impactful scholarships; Investing in Liberia’s future by education of its youth

Meet our founder

His fondest and earliest memories would be attending Sunday school at the Antioch Baptist Church in his native country of Liberia. Later, He was enrolled in a nearby Christian school, where he was challenged to memorize Bible verses and develop a closer personal relationship with Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  In 1986, he had the opportunity to attend a Bible retreat camp where He took the next step and dedicated his life to Jesus Christ as a believer, as a “doer”, and as a giver. His studies at Carver Mission Academy in Liberia instilled and continues to propel his daily spiritual walk even unto this day. His parents deserve much credit for raising him in the way of the Lord through daily family devotions which have strengthened and expanded his faith in new directions all this time. 

The tumultuous Liberian civil wars lasted over fourteen years, but served to further build his faith, because it was God’s mercy that kept his entire family alive amidst the destruction and chaos. This was yet another turning point of his life. It challenged him to leave Liberia to advance his education and find new ways to bring hope back to his community in Liberia as a missionary and benefactor.  That opportunity came in 2010 when Teddy was accepted for enrollment in the University of Massachusetts. Following graduation, he was determined to reach out to the neediest back in Liberia with Christian love and encouragement.   

He created the Teddy Sayonkon Foundation, renamed Lifting Up Liberian Youth in 2018, and with the assistance of his church and other partners, have returned to Liberia five times to share the Gospel and distribute clothing, shoes, school supplies, and athletic equipment. He is grateful to God for all that He has done in his life and the opportunities accorded him to give back to the children of Liberia, not only with provision of needed supplies, but more recently with scholarships which enables youngsters to attend local Christian schools.  It is his goal to continue to do this work and expand its scope, especially in view of the more recent devastation resulting from the Ebola crisis.

Paul Church, M.D.

Paul Church, M.D.

Board Member

Retired physician who served with medical mission teams in Mexico and Liberia

Gerard Levin

Gerard Levin

Board Member

Attorney and serves as legal counsel for LULY

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Board Member

He is presently the Strategist for LULY. He has help raised support for the Foundation for years.

Meet the

Scholarship Recipients

Surprise Robert

My name is Surprise Robert and I’m attending Antioch Baptist School. I’ve been on LULY scholarship for four years. I lost my father when I was a baby and my Aunt took me to Monrovia. I later lost my Aunt four years ago. LULY has been the turning point of my life. I’m grateful to God for his blessing and LULY for everything.

Bessay Yancy

My name is Bessay Yancy and I attend the Highway Christian Academy. I lost my Father to Ebola in Liberia in 2015 and had to move to Monrovia to live with my Aunty. I’ve been on LULY scholarship for seven years. I’m blessed to be in school and thanks to LULY for all their support.

Franklin Kangar

“I lost my mother at early age and I do presently live with my Aunt. LULY have given me opportunity to learn and enjoy life. With this opportunity from LULY I’m hopeful to help other in the future. I’m forever grateful to LULY for filling the gap as well as special thanks and appreciation to my Aunt and her husband.”

Eddie Garneo

“I started my journey in middle school as a beneficiary of LULY scholarship and presently in the Baptist Theological Seminary in Liberia.” These are Eddie’s words to LULY, “What more can I ask for especially after the death of my elder sister; the bread-winner of our family. I’m studying to be a Pastor and I’m forever grateful to God and LULY”.

Change is the end result of all true learning. – Leo Buscaglia 

“The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth” ― Desiderius

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. ― C.S. Lewis

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. –  Benjamin Franklin

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ― W.B. Yeats

Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. –  Abraham Lincoln

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

Our partners in Liberia

The schools & churches


Liberia is one of the poorest nations on the planet, and its infrastructure has been even more decimated by years of civil war and economic unrest. Children do not receive education unless they are sponsored and nurtured by outside philanthropists. LULY is dedicated to providing this support, growing out of the Teddy Sayonkon Foundation, which began making trips to Liberia in 2014 to distribute supplies and clothing to the neediest children in the area around the capital Monrovia.


When it comes to the subject of help, all of us are likely to need some at some point in our lives. It may come in the form of financial, material, or spiritual help. When it comes to the poor and needy, the Bible prioritizes them. The Bible records that “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again” (Proverbs 19:17 KJV). Again, the Holy Scriptures helps us to understand that the ultimate source of help is the Lord God– Psalm 121:1-2. This means that God has everything required to help everyone in need (Philippians 4:19), but He allows some humans who are trusted with a bit more than others to help those who are less privileged. “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back–given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting,is the way. generosity begets generosity.” (Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.)


 The staggering truth is that everyone can and should help. This is because everyone has the capacity to help; and so it is not a matter of the quantity of help you can offer but the quality. Quality help springs forth out of a desire to see change. We are helping the youths of Liberia through the provision of supplies as well as scholarships. You can also join this effort through your donations, volunteering, and participation, as well as your prayers. Such help will be well received by us and God who rewards everyone for their good deeds.





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