September 2019: Emmanuel Williams about some milestones grouping his lifetime

My name is Emmanuel Adebayor Williams, I am a Liberian, born and raised in Liberia. In 2014, I met Rev. Fr. Johnny-Clement Kombo who recommended me to a friend named Wolfgang Fischer from Germany who helped me with my schooling both financially and morally on a private base.

Rev. Father Johnny is the Coordinator in the Board of a Liberian Nonprofit Organization called “From Street to School, inc”. They target mainly academic education but go also for workshops on global learning and empowering experiences.

Liberians meet with other young people and those who have the means to help in the Liberiaprojekt, which provides financial, moral and instructive support for our genuine Liberian plans on development.

Some of the us at a theatre performance in 2014.

The Education system in Liberia have caused lot of students not to take education very seriously in that, the facilities are poor, but the tuitions are high. The system doesn’t see the need of discussing issues of development with young people instead they promote politics which caused tribalism and painful differences.

As a student studying in Liberia at a young age, I faced lots of challenges both financial and moral in that; at one point in time I had to quit school because of lacking financial aid, but there’s a saying that says “Success is when preparation meets opportunity“. I stayed a lot with Father Johnny at that time, when Mr. Fischer appeared.

Retrospectively I ever was prepared to face the challenges and when my opportunity came, I was the right candidate for it. Now I’m an International student studying Computer Science and Technology at Liaoning University of Technology in Jinzhou, China. We are about 20 Liberian students there on Chinese Scholarship.

One of my ways of showing that, even in difficult moments, there’s still life that exists and one should always be happy for life.

The foundation of From Street to School was only in 2016 although people working there have been experienced from 2002, when the Munich Pestalozzi-Students embarked as “Pro Liberia” on their long journey for more justice and a better life for former child-soldiers.

From Street to School is currently sponsoring over 50 high school students in Liberia which is a clear indication of building a better future for youths.

In 2014 during the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, From Street to School organized a study session for children in different parts of Monrovia in Liberia, which was a means of help students keep focused.

The organization also organize Essay Writing Competition as part of its goal of better learning and evaluation of students and subsequently has been prompting herself into vivid development.

I believe, that once the Education System is built, there’s more to achieve. Therefore, the politics and painful differences shouldn’t separate the love we should share and care we should give for each other’s benefit.

Emmanuel Williams, 2019