Left: Josephus Weeks, Thomas Eric Duncan’s mother, Dr. John Fankhauser (gray suit), Dr. Jerry Brown and scholarship receiver. “This is a great example of what happens in America. If you make a mistake in America, you pay for it.” -Josephus Weeks.

A New Promise from a Life Cut Short

During the Ebola epidemic that devastated the entire nation, there was a man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who ‘unknowingly’ contracted the disease in Liberia and left for the United States days afterwards. Like so many who contracted Ebola and did not know they had come in contact with it, Eric arrived in the U.S. on September 28, 2014, and started feeling ‘feverish.’ With a soaring temperature of 103 degrees, he rushed to the Texas Health Resources in Dallas Texas. There he was given Tylenol and sent home, despite the fact that he told them he was from Liberia.

Girls Spend 160M More Hours than Boys Doing Household Chores

Girls between five and 14 years old spend 40 percent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl observed yesterday, 11 October.

A release from UNICEF said Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030, includes the first global estimates on the time girls spend doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and collecting water and firewood.

Blessing, center, peeking at her late mother’s corpse the day she passed away during the Ebola epidemic. “I want to stay with my brother.”

FGM Victim and Ebola Orphan Re-Surfaces

Months before Ebola hit Liberia, Blessing was the victim of a kidnapping by a Sande Bush and her story http://liberianobserver.com/women/%E2%80%9Cthey-cut-it-and-put-leaf-ther... spread across the nation like wildfire until she was finally released from the grips of the hidden and secret society. Blessing spent weeks having to go through what secretly happens behind the enclosure of banana leaves used to cover up the screams and secrets of a culture that is largely accepted in Liberia.

Student and her four month – old son: “I know how important it is to go to school,” and Aiessate Cooper “I inspire the boys to want to work harder.”

Two Teens’ Struggle for Education

Gartee is a fourth grader and attends an elementary school in Hill Town, Bomi County. She goes to school every day on time with her four month old son, and she has been doing just that since school started a month ago.

“I wake up at 5:00am every morning to get both of us ready for school,” she told me.

It takes Gartee about an hour to walk to school from her village. Firmly tied to her back is her sleeping baby, whose head and face are fully covered with an old diaper to protect him from the morning dew and anything that might be flying around.

23 Organizations to Participate in W/shop on Adolescent Girls’ Education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected 23 organizations to participate in a workshop to develop concept papers for a new program to empower adolescent girls and increase their access to education in Liberia.

The new program, according to a press release from USAID, will be part of the Let Girls Learn initiative of the United States government designed to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.


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