Admira lives in the Monkey Bush community of Waterloo. Education is not free in Sierra Leone; families must pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and other school fees. With parents struggling to provide for their families, this expense is many times not possible.
Typically, those who can afford to send their children to school will choose to send only their sons. Girls will be left at home to tend to daily chores and their younger siblings while parents work.
This lack of education and supervision leads girls just entering into adolescence very vulnerable to teenage pregnancy. For girls who have not been given access to education, they are often left with no option but to marry as early as 16 years of age, so they can be financially supported by their husband.
Admira lives with her grandparents. Both parents abandoned Admira when she was 2 years old because they could not afford to provide for her needs. Admira’s grandparents are able to do small trading work to provide for their survival.
Admira’s grandparents manage to gather enough money to enroll her in school for the first term, but it is only a matter of time before she is asked out because they cannot pay the remaining balance. She will have no choice but to sit at home until her grandparents can raise enough funds to return her to school.
Admira has completed Class 2. She enjoys being in school and one day hopes to become a medical doctor.