It enables children like Blessing Kieh to dream of a great future. She is a 13-year-old girl in the 5th grade. Before she cme to the Academy Blessing was living with her father and fourteen siblings in a three-room house.
Student Profile: Blessing Kieh
Blessing was performing well in school, but she also yearned to play football. Her older brother had reached the second division in Liberia’s professional league, and she had grown up watching him play. She wanted to follow in her brother’s footsteps, but there was no female team; she was forced to play pickup football with the boys.
We discovered Blessing while working with one of West Point’s community leaders to find girls who play ‘manball’. She joined a few other girls – including MFA student-athletes Jessica Quachie and Cynthia Kofi – on one of West Point’s sandy pitches and impressed with her skill, tenacity, and intelligence.
Today, Blessing is one of the leaders of our student body. She currently has a 93% average, good for second best in the 5th-grade class. She also excels on the pitch, starting every single game in MFA’s history at center back. After long deliberation with her parents and family, we have moved Blessing into the home of another student-athlete, ensuring she enjoys a more stable and comfortable environment at home.
When she grows up, Blessing aspires to be a doctor. She is an inspiration, truly one of our most talented student- athletes. In 2016, she was selected by MFA staff as the first ever recipient of the Clare Ulrich Scholarship, an award given to the most deserving female student-athlete at the Academy.
The BBC has published a major story on Monrovia Football Academy and one of Blessing’s team-mates, Jessica Quachie. It is currently on the BBC’s homepage.
If you would like to support the Academy, Blessing, Jessica, and other boys and girls like her, please contact: http://www.monroviafa.com/donate/