Adamasay 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.
Adamasay lives with her uncle and grandmother. Her uncle has a small trading business, and her grandmother is no longer able to work to help the family. Prior to moving to Monkey Bush, Adamasay was living with her parents who are farmers. Adamasay was required to work on the farm each day and not given the opportunity to go to school. Her uncle wanted to help her situation, so he transferred Adamasay to Monkey Bush to begin school.
Unfortunately, his income is not steady enough to consistently pay her school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees and Adamasay occasionally needs to help her family by selling small goods. Adamasay enjoys going to school, but is asked out by the administration until her uncle and grandmother can raise funds to pay the balance. Adamasay is in Class 3 and she hopes to become a nurse one day.