Fatu Miller is living her dream – attending the tenth grade at Bong Mines High School.
Just a few months ago, her life consisted of burning coal, a tedious, difficult task. She, along with her brothers, would go into the bush and cut down a tree. Then, they would chop it up, wrap it in grass and leaves, and then drop the pieces into a freshly-dug hole. Next, they would start a fire and guard the hole for almost a week, night and day. Fatu and her brothers would take turns sleeping so their labors were not stolen. After almost a week of burning, the tree parts turned into coal, which they would sell for a very small amount of money. Fatu saved all the money she earned, in hopes of going back to school.
Fatu joins Roselane in piloting Lifting Liberia’s Girls’ Enrichment Program in Bong County. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for girls in the outlying villages to receive an education. Like Roselane, Fatu is determined. She hopes to become an accountant one day. Her favorite subject is math.
Lifting Liberia moved the girls to the town of Bong Mines, the only public high school in the area. The girls’ school fees, room and board are provided. In exchange, they are to be role models for younger girls and be active in Lifting Liberia’s Girls Club, promoting the value of staying in school. Statistics for the school district are shocking showing a dramatic decrease in the number of girls by the time they reach just sixth grade.
Sahbu and Lifting Liberia are working together to change that, by helping African children attend school…one child at a time.