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November 2014

The Teenager Who Is Preventing Cholera

Adama Fofanah is a Sierra Leonean teenager taking cholera prevention into her own hands.

Some people say, “Only the strongest survive”. I can’t help but wonder if I will be strong enough to endure the challenges that will come my way or if I will need support from elsewhere to make my dreams of having an education come true.

Where I live it is dry and dusty and life is slow. Many people have to fetch their water from a borehole and instead of electricity they use kerosene lamps and cook over firewood. Every day I sweep the rooms and fetch wood and my sister and I like washing the dishes so they are clean for visitors. Every morning we wake up early so that we can do our work before school because for some of us it’s a long walk.

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