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Patience is about 14 years old though she is unsure of her exact age. Patience is from West Point in Monrovia, the capital in Liberia and she is enrolled in the third grade this year. Patience’s mother Regina never went to school and does not know how to read or write. Patience’s parents make $27 a month selling cold water or offering transport of goods with a wheelbarrow. Patience has two siblings and the whole family sleeps on the floor in one room that they share. To make some extra money, Patience has sold golden plums and short bread that her aunt bakes. Patience's family has tried to send her to school, but have not been able to consistently afford school fees so she has been in and out of school.

Patience says she likes helping at the house. She cooks, cleans and helps with the children. Her mother told us that Patience likes going to school, that she’s well behaved and never rude. Patience loves English class and her best friend Anita, one of her schoolmates. Patience dreams of working as a nurse after she completes her primary and secondary school studies.


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