A pastor in
Liberia who is also a street side professional typist has decided to teach idle
youths for free how to type. William
Saydee says it is the best he can do to help in his war-ravaged country's slow
reconstruction. VOA's Nico Colombant has the latest installment in our
series: Making a Difference.
In a run-down
building in Monrovia, the sound of typing mixes with traffic.
former accountant William Saydee has set up his shop here, as a professional
typist and teacher. "As you can see, our country, we are rebuilding,"
Saydee said. "Investors are not coming. It is a national reconciliation and
reconstruction process. So I feel that I should be part of it. Before the government can find a way and
things will be all right, I can do something to live, and help others to
One of his
best students is his own son. The two
of them are the fastest typists on this block.
Former night guard Isaiah Thomas, 33, is slower but says he is learning. "It is
a little difficult because the typewriter is not fresh," Thomas said. "It is an
old typewriter. So when we are doing it, it gives a problem a little bit. But
if you are willing to learn to the best of your ability, you have to do it,
because you can achieve something tomorrow, for the benefit of your life."
he wants to become a secretary for an international company.
makes money by typing out contracts and resumes for passersby.
little thing I get for the day is enough.
I thank God for it," Saydee said. "And looking at our brothers too,
wanting to do something for themselves but they do not have the skill. I have
the initiative to give back to them on a free of charge basis. I do not charge them any money because they
do not have any."
his life has taken many twists and turns but that his faith carries him. He says decency and helping others, even in
very difficult conditions, is what he can do.