Looking ahead can prevent illness and prolong life. Faith Academy developed a project with the city's waste management department as a result of its new awareness of the relationship between farsightedness, waste removal, sanitation and disease prevention.
The emphasis began when one scholarship student, Saldayah Blamah, started a health club at the school, inspired after the lessons taught by visiting pediatrician Dr. Tsan Lee. Empowered with new information about communicable disease treatments and prevention techniques, the students became community health advocates. Their role was important in the absence of post-Ebola physicians and nurses who passed away during Liberia's Ebola epidemic.
Saldayah, now in her early high school years, teaches others about the relationship of waste disposal and disease. She smiles when she tells how she even persuades her friends to clean toilets at home, as well as engaging in the school's community health projects.
*(The Madame Dorbor scholarships are a partnership project funded by EHG with support from FCL, in the name of the late Awena Dorbor, FCL trainer and director of the Deborah K. Moore school in Liberia.)
As we highlight 12 of this past month's project reports, consider how much your contribution catapults not just one child's strengths but the capacities of the societies in which they serve.
Please help sustain their efforts to foster a generation of true change agents.