Meet Jefferson. Like many other young men in Liberia, he spends a lot of his time roaming the streets with very little supervision. School days here are short, ending around 1:30 p.m. and that’s when you will find hundreds of teenagers just hanging out. There is very little in the way of extracurricular or supervised after-school activities. Thus, the country’s teenage pregnancy rate is one of the highest in Africa.
Unable to care for her young child and not knowing what to do, a young mother abandoned him in the streets of Liberia where he didn’t stand a chance against the life of crime, drugs, and violence. This is Excellent’s story: A woman at the market noticed the young boy alone and after much searching realized he had been abandoned. Without any other options available, she could not just leave him there, so she took him home to her community. There he roamed amongst the various shanties, sometimes naked. He was often found sleeping outside and food was provided by random, sympathetic neighbors. One woman in the community, Velma, took pity on the small child and took him in to live with her. Although she had no money, she could not bare to see the boy suffer. It was Velma who gave him his name, Excellent.
These smiles and singing voices show the hope that education brings to children in Liberia! This video, taken by Karen Mathot in Liberia just yesterday, shows how happy children can be when there’s a safe place to learn, away from child prostitution, violence and hunger. Each one of these children now has the opportunity to break the poverty cycle and begin a life of prosperity. How great is that?! Don’t you love what is happening with the Sahbu movement? Show your support by “liking” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/sahbusearch.