One of the greatest causes of poverty in Liberia is the most overlooked...the lack of access to clean drinking water. Without water you can't grow food, you can't build housing, you can't stay healthy, you can't stay in school and you can't keep working.
Giving children the chance to learn in a safe classroom with access to a good education influences their path to a sustainable future.
Imagine living in a community where there is no running water, electricity, schools or medical clinics. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Roads surrounding Duazhon are sometimes muddy dirt tracks that, in the rainy season, are nearly impassable. The people are desperately poor, health care is all but nonexistent and life is often brutally hard to sustain. There is a place called "Rock Hill." The youngsters working there are covered with dust. That's because they spend 14 hours per day with a hammer breaking large rocks into medium rocks" and medium rocks into small rocks" and small rocks into smaller rocks.
When the rocks are small enough, a construction company truck picked them up at the bottom of a very steep, rutted hill, but the kids have to get the rocks down the hill first. Some of the children working there are as young as 4. Some are covered with rashes and many of them have a persistent cough from inhalation of the rock dust.
For many Liberians, survival is a daily struggle. One out of every five children die before they reach the age of five. Less than 3 percent of the population survives to the age of 65.