September 2021: Thanks to the generous donation from Lori Fischer Hall, Marthaline has been re-enrolled into school for the 2021/2022 school year. She received an incomplete for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to COVID-19 outbreak, schools in Liberia had irregular school schedule. This combined with the lack of technology in the schools, some schools made the decision to keep students in their current grade level for the 2021-2022 school year. Marthaline was kept in her current grade level of K2 grade for the upcoming school year. She continues to live with her mother and still wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Please note: The town was practically deserted due to the outbreak of the Marburg Virus in the neighboring Guinea. Therefore, majority of the students from this town were not present to receive their school materials. Their school materials were left with the school authority to be given to our students upon their arrival.
September 2020: Thanks to the generous donation from Lori Fischer Hall, Marthaline has been re-enrolled into school for the 2020/2021 school year. She is in the K-2 grade this year and still wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She continues to live with her mother. (Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in their region, Marthaline was out of town on the day of the 2020-2021 school distribution. Her materials were left with the school authorities).
2019: Meet Marthaline, who has been generously sponsored by Frederick & Bulleh Norkeh. She is 10 years old and is in the K-1 this year. Marthaline lives in Lugbeyee, Liberia with her unemployed widowed mother. After the death of Marthaline’s father, her mother has been having a diffitcult time supporting her family. She hopes to be a teacher when she grows up.
*The roads leading to Lugbeyee are in extremely poor condition. They consist of dirt roads that are often muddy, particularly during the rainy season, and bridges constructed from wooden blocks. Whenever we visit, we typically encounter challenges such as getting stuck in the mud, having to push the car out, and requiring everyone to exit the vehicle to cross the bridge while hoping to make it safely across.*