I lived in Foequellie, Panta Chiefdom, Upper Bong County, Liberia, West Africa for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I learned a few words of the local tribal language, Kpelle, and to live without electricity and running water. My town chief and neighbors generously taught me about themselves as they welcomed me into their community, and sent me home with the mission to tell other Americans about them. It was my job at Dolokelen Paye Elementary and Junior High School that made me realize I was meant to be a teacher, and my life in the mud stick house under the big tree at the far end of the village that made me better understand my place in the world. This five inch sculpture sits on the shelf next to my writing desk, reminding me where I have been and how lucky I was to have spent two years in the village that rose in the morning mists at the edge of the jungle.

2 thoughts on “Liberia on my Bookshelf

  1. I, too, was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Due to that very impactful experience on my live, I will never again take having electricity and hot running water for granted.


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