We’ve received word that the Liberian government plans to start this long-delayed school year on February 2. Dougbe River School staff members plan to begin accepting registrations on Monday, January 12. About half of our all-Liberian staff has been on campus throughout the Ebola outbreak, working on farm development and other matters, and the rest were asked to return to the school last month after travel bans were lifted.
There have been reports that some school facilities in Liberia are in poor condition and will not be ready to re-open on February 2. But Dougbe River executive director Isaac Monah, who has been in ongoing contact with principal Charles Koko and other staff members, says he’s told our school will be ready.
This news comes as the Ebola outbreak is waning, at least in Liberia. Here’s a graph from the CDC showing cumulative case counts and deaths.
Unfortunately, the graphs for Sierra Leone and Guinea are not as encouraging.
The area around our school has largely been spared by the outbreak, as you can see in this map from the World Health Organization. Grand Gedeh County is in the area in eastern Liberia that is in the lightest shade of orange, signifying a total of 1-5 cases. Also, the nation of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Grand Gedeh’s international neighbor, has been unaffected.