How the YMCA saved my son’s life

Krubo’s life is full of hope after she visited her local YMCA. Not only did she rebuild her life after a 14 year civil war by learning a trade, her son’s life was saved by a YMCA outreach worker after falling desperately ill from malaria.

“I grew up surrounded by war, Liberia’s civil war. I remember we couldn’t go out, it was too dangerous, there was fighting, killing all around.”

“I never got the chance to go to school, my family had to concentrate on surviving. I’m 17 now, and I have a baby of my own, he is called Dwe.”

When Krubo was given the chance to enrol on one of our tailoring courses she knew it was an opportunity to change her life. “With your help, I am now doing the training at the YMCA. I haven’t finished yet, but when I do it will help to change my life, and Dwe’s.

With the sewing skills she’s learning and the support we’re giving her to find an apprenticeship in a tailor’s shop, she will soon have the ability to earn an income and care for her son.

If Dwe stayed at home he would have died. Around 3 in 10 people die because they can't afford treatment."Annie, project manager at Liberia YMCA, went looking for Krubo after she stopped attending her tailoring classes

“If Dwe stayed at home he would have died. Around 3 in 10 people die because they can’t afford treatment.” Annie, project manager at Liberia YMCA, went looking for Krubo after she stopped attending her tailoring classes.”

But one day, project manger Annie, noticed that Krubo had missed her training for a few days. Worried, she went looking for her and found her at home. Krubo’s son had malaria and she was by his side because she couldn’t afford to take him to hospital.

“I want my baby to have everything I never had, but when Dwe got sick with malaria, I couldn’t even afford to buy him medicine.” Krubo explained.

Annie, pictured left, knew Krubo’s potential would be wasted if she kept missing her training, but realised her son Dwe was very ill and needed treatment immediately.

You usually have to pay in full before a medical examination But due to Dwe being so ill, Annie offered to pay a portion just so he could be registered for treatment, and managed to persuade the hospital to set up a payment plan.

“I am so thankful Annie from the YMCA found me that day and paid for his treatment” Krubo, 17

Annie’s determination to make sure Dwe was treated, and to keep Krubo on track for a better life is a shining example of the YMCA’s approach to ensuring young people can develop themselves in the fullest way. Annie’s genorosity has inspired Krubo to start her own business to support her family.

“After I complete my apprenticeship I will be able to buy food like rice and oil. I will make clothes, and I will send my son to school. And if my son gets sick, I can pay for treatment at the hospital.

“My biggest hope for the future is to build a house. And I want to thank you for giving me the chance to work towards my dream.

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