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. Her parents are farmers in their village and cannot afford to send Adamasay to school. Adamasay was working on the farm each day with her parents. After her uncle visited, he offered to bring her to Monkey Bush and enroll her in school.
Adamasay’s uncle is able to enroll her in school, but he cannot pay the balance in full. Once the next payment is due, Adamasay is asked out of school until her uncle can raise the funds to resume her schooling. Adamasay is in Class 4 and she wants to become a nurse when she grows up.