The Children of Sierra Leone – the unluckiest children in the world?

June 28, 2009 at 22:19 2 comments

One of the greatest tragedies of humanity today is the repercussion of the action of a few that affect many children worldwide. Everyday 29,000 children die from needless causes across the globe, particuarly in African nations. In other words, a child dies from a preventable cause…every three seconds.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Now, talk to me about the billions spent on the swine flu ‘pandemic’. Am I going mad is there something wrong with this picture ?

So what is the reason behind deaths at such epic proportions? War? Famine? hungry-childrenDisease? Politics? Maybe.

Given that we are now abundant in all the resources to take on these challenges, I believe none of these are real reasons but just excuses. The real fundamental cause is the low level of consciousness that strikes through people in positions of power. No matter what there commitment, there level of consciousness will not allow them to raise themselves to the point of compassion with ACTION now.

In order to change this, there needs to be a shift in power. We need to empower the people who have the greatest potential to change their own communities state of being – our future leaders…our children.

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This is exactly what the charity, the SOHCA Project, is doing one community at a time – nurturing and developing future leaders by empowering them with the mindset of conscious leadership.

Our first project is taking place in the least liveable in the world, Sierra Leone. According to the UN Humans Development Index, Sierra Leone is 179th out of 179 countries, making it the poorest country in the world by far. Yet, given its many natural resources such as bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite, rutile (produces 23% of the world’s annual supply) and, infamously, diamonds, it should be the richest country in Africa.

Unfortunately, Sierra Leone’s people and its natural resources have been (and still is being) raped, pillaged and plundered, leaving very little for its people to survive on.

Even when I visited Sierra Leone in November 2008, there were diamond traders flying in to pick their stash and exit the country within a few days. They legally buy the diamonds for a few pennies and sell them on for thousands of dollars in developed countries.

This can change. It needs to change now. The people of Sierra Leone don’t need hand outs. They want a hand-up. Hence, we are building of the first secondary school in Matamp in central Sierra Leone. The nearest school for 11-16 year olds in that village is a 14-mile walk through rough terrain. Is it a wonder that many of the young women I met there had already become mothers before they turned 16 years?

The few remaining young men I met there had very little to do throughout the year. So they would abandon their children to seek out employment in the capital, Freetown.

Here are a few more startling facts:

* The average life expectancy in Sierra Leone is 42 for women and 38 for  men.

* 1 in 6 mothers die at childbirth.

* 1 in 4 children do not make it to the age of 5 years due to illness, particularly malaria.

The school that the SOHCA Project is building in Matamp will cater for the children of the village and then the wider community. The power source for the school will be from solar energy and wash facilities will be using specially installed recycling facilities. We will also provide the latest technology for the children to have access to what the children of developed countries take for granted.

My daughter, Kerisha, with local children in Sierra Leone

My daughter, Kerisha, with local children in Sierra Leone

The curriculum will include their national curriculum, entrepreneurship, new sciences and consciousness studies. This truly is a leadership academy in every sense of the word.

The children of Sierra Leone value education. They need it. They want it so urgently. We need all the support we can get. The next time you buy a latte from Starbucks, remember this. The price you paid for that coffee is eqivalent to two days wages for an adult with a family of eight in Sierra Leone. So give up one cup…for just one day.

We invite you to join the project with your ideas, suggestions and contribution. If you would like more information, please send an email to harun@harunrabbani.com and state specifically what you require. We will do best to support you to hold the hands of the children of Matamp.

We have alreay built the foundations of the school. The greatest challenge we are now facing is raising the £72,000 left to complete Phase I of the school so that we can have our first intake of students asap.

In order to take on that challenge, I am donating all proceeds to sales from this website to the SOHCA Project. This includes CD sales, book sales and direct donations.

If you would like to donate, then please click the link below and give now as generously as you are comfortable with. I will guarantee YOUR money is invested in building the school…leaving a permanent legacy with your name associated with it.

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Please help no matter how big your contribution is.

To your success!

Harun Rabbani

Co-founder,

The SOHCA Project

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  • 1. Robert De Souza  |  September 11, 2009 at 16:29

    Harun,
    Thanks for being part of a great success story and walking your talk with integrity, humility, compassion and most importantly endless love for humanity. Keep shining your beautiful light brigher as the world urgently needs more ambassadors like you.

    Namaste with love and many blessings.
    Robert

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  • 2. The Upgrade « Human 2.0’s Blog  |  January 14, 2010 at 14:44

    […] been on the nature of quantum physics and global transformation. She is also the co-founder of  The SOHCA Project with me. This is a charity that is building schools in Sierra Leone, the most economically deprived […]

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