Alvin Tarpeh is a 15-year-old sixth grader at the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy. He knows that the free education he receives at the school will enable him to achieve his dream of becoming a medical doctor one day.
Alvin’s home life has been unstable since his father abandoned the family when Alvin was only 4 years old. His mother takes care of Alvin and his brother by selling small items in the market near their home. When he’s not studying his school lessons, he helps his mother sell and also fetches water for the family. Alvin’s best (and favorite) subject is Social Studies because he’s interested in learning more about the world around him.
Alvin learned in school that Liberia has yet to rebuild its healthcare infrastructure since the Civil War ended in 2003 and by 2008, there was only one medical doctor per 100,000 residents . Alvin believes that the quality education he receives at the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy will help prepare him to deliver critical healthcare services to people in his community.