During Liberia's civil war, countless innocent children lost their lives to senseless violence. But for as many children that died, just as many lived, only now, however, they live as orphans.

During the war, a woman named Ma Dewelie found herself in a group of people fleeing from rebel fighters in Bong County, Liberia. When the group of people came to a bridge, they pushed and shoved to all cross at once. In a mess of panic, Ma was asked by a stranger to watch her three children while she crossed back over the bridge to find the rest of her family. Ma agreed, but as the woman ran back across, the bridge collapsed.

Years later, a friend of Ma's fell ill and was hospitalized. Ma offered to take care of her friend's daughter, Mary, until she was back on her feet. As time went by, Mary's mother never recovered, and she passed away in the hospital.



In the decade that passed since the day on the bridge, Ma Dewelie has taken in sixteen orphaned children as her own. While Ma's biological children are fully grown, her new family consists of children age three to sixteen. Four years ago, Ma was offered some property to accommodate her ever-growing family, and in 2007, the Ma Dewelie Orphanage was opened.

While some of Ma's children are true orphans, many have parents that simply cannot afford to take care of them. At Ma's, however, they are fed and clothed, respected and loved, and sent to school every day to receive an education. In order to support her sixteen children, Ma sells handmade skirts, and her husband Otis sells handmade drums. As you can imagine, they are struggling to get by, especially with surprises like a leaky roof during rainy season last spring, and the need for measles medication last summer.

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