Samuel, West Point, Liberia
Samuel (pictured left) is 14 years old and lives with his mother and brother in West Point, one of the toughest shantytowns in Liberia. Samuel attended school until 3rd grade, but after that his parents had no more money to fund his education.
For four years now Samuel has been out of school and helping his mother to support the family income. His mother sells fish but the business is seasonal, so at other times of the year she sells sugar, milk, and other produce.
Samuel says that life for him is very hard: ‘I work alone in the streets around Kur Beach, and I don’t really have any friends with me. I haven’t seen my father since I was very young, and at the moment, we don’t receive any outside help. When I’m older, I want to be a taxi driver, so that I can help my mom live better’.
Without intervention, Samuel will never return to school and learn to read or write.