Peace Corps Worker Returns to HMS for Food in Liberia Part II

Peace Corps Worker Returns to HMS for Food in Liberia Part II

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Last week Harvest Middle School teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, had 10th grade Algebra teacher, Ms. Loomis, join their classrooms to share some important and interesting information. But Ms. Loomis isn’t any ordinary teacher. She visited from the far distance of Kakata, Liberia.

Ms. Loomis is involved in the Peace Corp Organization, a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the peace corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.

She presented part II of her slideshow with a short lecture on the living conditions, food, and culture in Liberia.

Ms. Loomis had planned on staying in Liberia to teach but was required to leave due to the serious conditions of Ebola which was first noticed there in March 2014 but got much worse towards July. The announcement on the harsh disease closed all schools in Liberia.

Most of the everyday things in Liberia are very different than everyday things here in the U.S. While Ms. Loomis was there, she lived in the same conditions, had the same diet, and same clothes as the Liberians.

There was no electricity, no plumbing, and daily chores. And yes I did said chores. But they are not your typical chores like the laundry. For example, just to get water you would have to walk half a mile to the well or (if you’re lucky) water pump, fill your bucket, then walk a half a mile back with a 5 gallon bucket of water above your head.

As Ms.Loomis would say “Wow! I’m tired just thinking about it!”. Ms. Loomis stated that she would like to get her masters degree then go back to her students in Liberia.