Succeeding Beyond Your Circumstance
Imagine Liberia, a place where we lived and grew up and called home…A place where children knew no war and lives were untouched by coups and take-overs, hunger and starvation; a place of simpler times without the complexities of hunger, rise in teen pregnancy, infant mortality, low levels of education; a time when girls played with dolls and communities looked out for one another; a time when everyone worked at raising a child’s moral, ethical, and social standards.
In its stead, Liberia, a place reeked with high rate of tween/teen pregnancy; where, alarmingly, four out of every 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of eighteen; where one in six teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 will give birth annually. As such, tween/teen pregnancy is an epidemic eluding girls of their ability to achieve their goal of attending school and completing their education-even at the middle school level and abruptly bringing to an end life as they knew it as children.
It still does take a village to raise a child. In raising a child, we help create healthy functioning families to help build a nation. The future of Liberia is riding on the ability of a mother, teen or not, to impart to her children what has been imparted to her. Save a mother…save a generation…build a nation.
- No social problem is as universal as the oppression of of a child
- Within a child lies the fate of the future
- The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind
- Whoever touches the life of a child, touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future