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Set Free Through Education

Dear Friend,

In recent years, the nation of Liberia has been plagued by an Ebola epidemic and two civil wars. Children have suffered the most, as over 5,000 were orphaned by Ebola and an entire generation of boys and girls have not received the education they need.

Samaritan’s Purse has been working in Liberia since the end of the second civil war in 2003 and was at the forefront of the international response in 2014 to prevent the spread of Ebola, and to care for those who were sick and dying. In 2016, I went to Liberia to join President Ellen Sirleaf to dedicate the ELWA hospital expanded by Samaritan’s Purse. I also travelled inland to visit an Ebola memorial cemetery in the town of Foya.

Foya is one of the places Samaritan’s Purse is now working to improve the literacy of children through the African Children’s Story clubs, an after-school project where children learn to write their family stories.

When 17-year-old Rebecca first started at one of the story clubs, she couldn’t write and lacked good reading comprehension skills. She was scared that she would never be able to succeed in learning these basic skills. As the classes progressed–and with encouragement from her teacher–Rebecca began thriving and she found the courage to speak up and ask questions. She also became good friends with the other students as they learned together.

Another student, Theresa, was an orphan who struggled to find enough food to eat after her parents died. She often came to class hungry but she kept going. The pastor who led the story club was able to provide refreshments for the students but most importantly, he demonstrated the love of God to them. Theresa soon developed a passion for writing stories that focused on the struggles of orphans like herself. “It gave me hope,” she said.

Theresa and Rebecca are just two of the students who have found their voice through our

AFRICAN CHILDREN’S STORY PROGRAM: A student shares her story with The class during the story writing club

African Children’s Story clubs project and we are now expanding this initiative into other countries. We want to do all we can to help these young people get an education that will help them become the future leaders of their nations. And above all, we want them to know that even as their communities struggle to overcome poverty and the aftermath of crises such as the Ebola epidemic, they are not alone. “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Psalm 9:9–10).

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Thank you and may God bless you.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Franklin Graham