A society riddled by prostitution and crime, Sahbu founder says he was inspired to work in Liberia after witnessing the hardships faced by many West African youth.
Pleasant Grove, Utah (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
As Sahbu founder Mitch Weight prepares for his second trip to West Africa in October, the Utah man said he expects a much different experience this time than when he traveled to Liberia to adopt two boys in January 2012.
Today, Weight oversees an effort to provide access to education for thousands of West African children orphaned by war and AIDS, or whose families cannot afford to send them to school. His firm, Sahbu, is a Utah-based company that provides high-quality education for people in the United States who are looking to further their college education. Now when someone enrolls in school through Sahbu, the company provides funding for a child in Liberia to attend school for a year.
Overwhelmed by what he saw when he traveled to West Africa in January, Weight vowed to return to Liberia to help children who are not able to attend school.
“It is nothing like the United States,” he said. “You see firsthand the conditions, and how different they are, the classrooms and lack of teaching material.”
In Liberia, sending a child to school for a year costs about $120. But that price doesn’t include uniforms and school supplies. Click here to visit Sahbu’s website to learn more about how the organization helps West African youth.
A resident of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Weight is scheduled to board an airplane to Liberia on Oct. 12. After touching down in West Africa the next day, Sahbu officials will spend the week delivering school clothing and supplies, and meeting children and parents who cannot afford education.
“In Liberia, where illiteracy and unemployment rates are off the charts, children must learn to read and write if they hope to one day have jobs and a better life,” Weight explained. “Though we hope to help educate 1,000 kids before the end of the year, I’m happy changing the life of just one child with the work of Sahbu.”
While in Liberia, Weight said he intends to better his understanding of the hardships faced by many West African youth by meeting with the children and parents he hopes to help. Prostitution is rampant, and children who don’t attend school sometimes fall into lives of crime.
A new infographic from Sahbu details the societal challenges that prevent kids in Liberia from getting an education.
“Seeing the children of Liberia suffering completely rocked my soul. I witnessed young girls lined up outside a rusty metal shack waiting to turn tricks so they could buy rice and eat for the day,” Weight said.
Though a difficult place to travel, he said he looks forward to returning to Liberia in October to jumpstart Sahbu’s effort to educate children in West Africa.
“For $120, we could change a life,” Weight said.
Sahbu serves individuals looking to further their education. For every person that enrolls in college through Sahbu’s education search tool, the company provides a year of education to a child in West Africa. Sahbu also offers essential tools and resources needed for prospective students to prepare for a prosperous educational experience. The company is guided by a mission to raise awareness of the crisis West African youth are experiencing and empower them through education. For more information, visit http://www.sahbu.com or our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sahbusearch.