Our 2017 shirt is emblematic of the beauty of West Africa and the great love of the Liberian people. The design features lush foliage surrounding the continent of Africa, with a single tropical flower blooming over the country of Liberia.
Our 2017 design was created by the amazing Grace Rodriguez, a member of the high school class of 2019 at Cascade High School in Leavenworth, WA. Originally born in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, Grace joined her forever family at 3 1/2 years of age and moved to central Washington State in 2007. Grace has loved art since she was very young, and drawing is her favorite medium. She hopes to one day get a job in animation.
Christiana Menyon is a citizen of Bong County, from the Kpelle Ethnic group of Liberia. Christiana was born on November 29, 1999, on Borbor Island in Gardnersville. Her parents are the late Mr. Joseph V. Menyon and Yassah Menyon.
At the age of two Christiana began her primary education at an elementary school in Monrovia, but at the age of six lost her mother, leaving her to be raised by her father. However, she lost her father just 2 years later. Eight-years-old and dealing with the loss of both parents, she moved in with her uncle who struggled each day to make sure she was fed and that her school fees were paid, continuing her education.
Christiana says that, despite the difficulties that have engulfed Liberia, her uncle managed to sacrifice and take care of her. Because of this, she dedicated most of her time outside of classes to studying her lessons, even when her friends were disappointed when she didn't show up to play with them. Her studies always came first. And with a OneShirtOneGirl scholarship, Christiana will be able to pursue a degree in nursing at the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences.
Thank you for your support of these amazing girls, and rolling up your sleeves with us as we try to help bring a bit more hope to the lives of girls in Liberia.