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Otis’s promotion to the sixth grade comes amidst one of the most difficult periods of his life. The tragic loss of his beloved little sister, who was his constant companion and source of joy, has left him shattered. During the school registration by Girl Power Africa, Otis arrived early, sitting alone on a bench with a heavy heart. Our founder approached him, recognizing his sadness, and upon learning of his sister’s passing, they shared a poignant moment of sorrow, embracing in their grief. Otis expressed, “She’s supposed to be right here with me, getting our uniforms together like we do every year.”

This heartbreaking loss compounds the pain of losing his father, further deepening Otis’s suffering. Despite these immense challenges, he remains resilient, continuing to reside with his mother and holding onto his dream of becoming a doctor one day. As Otis navigates through this difficult time, let us keep him in our thoughts and prayers, offering support and strength during his journey of healing. Sponsored by: Barbara Ernst



Otis was promoted to 5th grade! He is the president of his class and tutors his classmates for a small fee.  His favorite subject is English, and he still wants to be a doctor one day.  Sponsored by:  Barbara Ernst

October 2019


Thanks to the generous donation from Paula Schuette, Otis has been re-enrolled into school for the 2019/2020 school year. 

June 2019

We are pleased to announce that Otis was promoted to the 2nd grade for the 2018/2019 school year! Trina Kluever Pauli, thank you for your sponsorship and giving your student a gift of education through Girl Power Africa.



Otis is 9 years old and in the 1st grade this year! He has been generously sponsored by Trina Kluever Pauli. He lives in Sanniquellie, Liberia with his mother.  



Otis was promoted to the Kindergarten-2! Oftentimes, in Liberia, when parents are emotionally and/or financially unable to address the care of a child the family members are saddled with the responsibility of raising the child. This was the case with Otis. He was given to his aunt, who lives out of town, to support him as his mom is having difficulties providing for her and her children. However, after a few months he was homesick and missed his sister so badly that he came back to his mom. He told us, “he would rather not eat some days than live far away from his sister”. Sponsored by: Bob and Julie Lyons-Speropulos



Meet Otis, who has been generously sponsored by Bob and Julie Lyons-Speropulos. He is 7 years old and is in kindergarten-1 this year.  He lives in Sanniquellie, Liberia with his mother. Since the death of Otis’ father 2 years ago, his unemployed mother has been struggling to  provide much beyond the basics for living: food and shelter. She is unable to afford school. Otis loves his sister and she is always by his side. His interests are playing with his sister and he hopes to be a doctor when he grows up.

Photos of Otis Throughout The School Years: