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Students of West Point, Monrovia: Abraham, Vivian, Patience, Jacqueline, Lorpu and their peers.

Students of West Point, Monrovia: Abraham, Vivian, Patience, Jacqueline, Lorpu and their peers.

I am studying how social programs, services and policies moderate the life trajectory of orphans and vulnerable youths infected or affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia. This summer's preliminary or exploratory study will help to determine the key themes, and also serve to inform the planning of my future dissertation ethnographic research questions.

With only one public school serving a community of 75,000 people, 45% of which are children, these high school youths of West Point, Monrovia: Abraham, Vivian, Patience, Jacqueline, Lorpu and their peers came together to discuss their needs in post-Ebola days: more schools and quality education, basic health services, water, housing, electricity, safe environment and good roads.

– Ronke Olawale, Doctoral Student, Social Work and Anthropology