ADA Reopens to Joyful Students
In February 2015, after the Ebola epidemic in Liberia had been brought largely under control, ADA began registering children for classes Nursery (three-year-olds) through Grade Six. Eventually 443 children were registered, an increase of 173 students over the previous year.
This expansion of the school resulted from the enormous demand for enrollment from both new and former ADA families, as well as the Liberian government, which acknowledged its need for ADA’s help in providing an education to many of Liberia’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. In a country recently torn apart by tragedy and chaos, ADA is recognized as a haven of safe, reliable, and superior educational services. Executive Director Samuel Enders and his staff are currently working extremely hard to reintroduce a sense of normalcy into the lives of ADA students and give them renewed hope for their future.
The school's growth has presented new challenges to both ADA and ADAF. Due to the increase in students, ADA has divided six classes into two sections each to keep classes small from Nursery - Grade Three and added six new teaching positions to the payroll. While the average cost to educate and care for each student has decreased from the prior year, ADAF is still faced with a considerable challenge to increase its fund-raising to support the school’s greater number of students for 2015-16. We are all extremely thankful that the Ebola crisis has passed, and ADA has reopened. However, now the work of recovery for both Liberia and ADA has just begun.