The Ebola virus that struck Liberia in 2014-2015 left more than 4,800 dead and thousands more were affected.
In this video, you will meet Miatta, 14 years old, who lost her mother to the virus, and her aunt Bendu Lansana, who also lost her family during the outbreak. Bendu took Miatta and her two brothers in and is now caring for them. Bendu aspired to be a nurse, but without the resources from her husband, she had to change paths. She now sells charcoal to support her new family and send Miatta and her brothers to school.
In the video, you’ll also meeting Elizabeth Toe, an amazing primary school teacher with a positive attitude who made up songs about Ebola to teach to her students, and Fazam Howard, the school grant coordinator at the ministry of education, who explains how school grants allowed many children to continue to go to school, even after their parents lost their livelihoods.
GPE has supported Liberia since 2011. It gave the country a US$40 million grant to strengthen the education system, particularly management capacity and accountability. The grant helped build more than 300 classrooms and housing units for teachers, distributed more than 2.5 million textbooks, teachers’ guides and reading books to schools across the country, and gave school grants to more than 2,500 schools.