Adama 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.
Adama lost her mother when she was 2 years old. Her father is much older and not able to work to earn income or provide Adama’s basic care. Because of this, Adama came to live with her aunt, but her aunt is not able to provide all the basic needs for their family.
Adama would be able to start Class 1 this year, but her aunt is not able to afford school costs. Adama would very much like to be in school and hopes one day to attend school.