What purpose has meant to Krubo
Krubo Wegee like many of the children from Kakata, Liberia was living on the streets since she was 13 years old. Abandoned and alone, she would spend her days in the markets begging for money and food, and her nights, sleeping in an empty garage with other children who found themselves on the streets. Of an industrious mind, she offered to wash people’s dishes to earn a little money, but before cleaning them she would eat whatever was left because she was so hungry.
Surviving on these meager scraps was a hard life and when she heard that L.A.C.E.S. feeds it’s players after every game she started coming regularly to our programs. Coming for the promise of a good meal, she quickly learned that L.A.C.E.S. offered much more. She was able to play again, leaving behind her worry over her circumstances for just a few hours as she eagerly joined her teammates on the soccer field. She found a community among her teammates and coaches, a different kind of family, one that saw her not as the anonymous child on the street that people tried not to see but as the intelligent, strong and beautiful young person she truly is. With the support of L.A.C.E.S. she started to grow into that young person that she was always meant to be.
As she attended more games and benefited from L.A.C.E.S. one-on-one mentorship program, she learned about confidence, self-esteem and purpose. Her coach recollects that at first Krubo avoided taking leadership positions among her team and would always concede her place to others, never wanting to disturb anyone. Nevertheless, her coaches saw her potential and pushed her to lead, selecting her to be an assistant coach. Excited to have been chosen, Krubo at first wanted to turn down the opportunity because she didn’t feel she could be a leader. Her coach refused to let her give up and today, Krubo proudly shares what she has learned about leadership, self-esteem and finding one’s purpose with the next generation of L.A.C.E.S. players.