Today’s dream; tomorrow’s reality

Mary’s Meals helps children in Liberia to come to school and concentrate in class, but it also nourishes the hopes they have for the future, as our communications officer, Gerry, found out. 

Gerry Naughton
Gerry Naughton
Communications officer, Liberia

Back to all stories | Posted on 07 Dec 2017 in Life in Liberia

In 20 years’ time, the best place to go to for medical care will be Liberia. How do I know? Because more than half of the children I talk to tell me they are going to become doctors or nurses!

As 16-year-old Nancy, who attends Moore Town Public School, told me: “I want to be a medical doctor. It’s just something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Some of the new doctors and nurses will go to America, they tell me, but they will use their contacts there to send supplies and medicine back to Liberia.

There are going to be dozens of new engineers in the country, creating majestic buildings, building straight wide roads, and constructing magnificent bridges.

The new churches they build will have pastors and preachers leading the people. Benedict, 13, of Gayah Hills Public School, said: “I want to be a minister. I will talk to people about the Bible. I won’t be afraid to stand up and talk.”

And there will be hundreds of teachers thronging to the new schools to teach there – covering English, maths, history, social studies, science and much more.

A new generation of politicians and lawyers have their sights set on speaking up for their people, defending cases and spreading help to those who need it most.

Fatu – who is 15 years old and goes to St Damian’s School at Massatin – will be one of those crusading lawyers. She said: “I want to be a lawyer, because I want to bring justice to my country. I will stand strong and study hard in order to do it. Even if I have to study very hard to pass, I will do it, because it’s what I dream about.”

Pilots will fly from Liberia to the USA and bring back goods and passengers. Journalists and writers will capture in words the country’s past, present and future.

Nehemiah is keeping his options open, just in case his first choice isn’t possible. The 15-year-old from the Sean Devereux School in Perry Town, Virginia, said: “I would like to study technology in the future, but the course I want is not done in our country, so I think I will become a geographer or a pilot.”

Singers and musicians will be at the front of huge cultural outpouring, writing new songs and bringing the music of Liberia to the world. Liberian footballers will rub shoulders with the Messis and Ronaldos of tomorrow, making Liberians proud as they compete on the international stage.

And one or two of the finest of tomorrow’s generation have even pledged their future to working for Mary’s Meals as drivers and monitors, to bring food to the next cohort of Liberian schoolchildren.

But how to make these dreams a reality?

The first step to achieving these dreams is the daily meal at school from Mary’s Meals, and each of those meals is another step in the right direction. Good food leads to good education. And an educated generation leads to a greater future for Liberia tomorrow.