Thomas Weight has been in the U.S. less than a year. He recently won an essay contest for the entire 4th grade at Valley View Elementary in Pleasant Grove, UT. His essay serves as a reminder to be thankful for the simple things we have in our lives.

Our Liberia To-Do List: Helping Kids Attend School

We want to see Liberia change. We want to see the country develop in a positive, peaceful way. The best way to accomplish this goal is by educating the children. Our team recently met with schools in Liberia and learned of the many challenges the children face as they seek an education. The great thing is, now that we understand the challenges, we are able to help. Below is our to-do list, to ensure children are able to receive the education they need.

The Closest Functioning School is a Three Hour Walk…One Way

What is to become of hundreds of young students in Zuah Town, West Liberia, where the primary school made of mud and palm thatch, already looking abandoned, is on the verge of total collapse? Where are these young students to go and change their meek futures by getting an education? Even the school’s remnants like blackboards, desks and chairs have been damaged beyond repair from lack of care. This feeble and dysfunctional school is the only government run facility in Zuah town. Yet, it sits there in its dilapidated state with no signs of government intervention. The closest functioning school, a three hour walk in one direction, is not even a viable option for any child. NECUS M. ANDREWS, 1 SEPTEMBER 2012 – source