How 68-year old Martha leads the way for the children…

July 23, 2009 at 12:11 Leave a comment

cement_mixerFantastic news! One of the people who inspired me the most when focusing our efforts in Sierra Leone on the first SOHCA Project School is my co-founder’s mother, Martha Sesay. She is a retired nurse who has worked hard all her life to make a difference to her village of Matamp in Sierra Leone despite being a single mother raising three young girls on her own and working as a nurse.

Her desire to raise the consciousness of the children of Sierra Leone and her tireless efforts towards making that a reality is a story of dedication, blood, sweat and tears. I’ll let her daughters tell you that story…

On building the foundation of the school we discovered a pretty big hurdle that was slowing us down – the transportation time and costs. The raw materials have to be shipped from Freetown to Matamp, which is an eight-hour journey through some very rough terrain. I know because I did that journey. Therefore, we set ourselves the goal of buying (ideally) a tipper truck or, at the least, a pick up truck.

It’s been a frustrating time as finding a truck that was up to the job AND affordable has not been easy. That is until a few days ago. Although Martha is in her late 60’s, there is no stopping her. She has managed to secure the support of a civil engineering company to support the building our first school in Sierra Leone. They’ve kindly agreed to donate a pick up truck, a cement mixer and other tools of construction worth many thousands of pounds. What a feat for a little woman who is on purpose!

Here’s the really great news: The civil engineering company have agreed to negotiate a contribution of something even bigger than a pickup truck – a 12-month old tipper truck! However, in order to secure the tipper truck, we need to find £600 for the contributing company. In addition, it will cost £2,700 to ship the truck, cement mixer and ancillary tools from the UK to Sierra Leone.

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This is where we are asking for your help. We need that £600 immediately. So if you wish to contribute to this charity, then please either use the donation button below or send me an email to make payment arrangements.

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If you have not got £600, that’s OK. Email all your friends this post and get them all to contribute £10 or more. That way we will only need 60 people to make it happen. Better still: get 6 friends to donate £100 each. Can you see how easy this can be if we think creatively?

I truly hope you can help. The children of Sierra Leone need it.

Peace and blessings,

Harun Rabbani

Email me: harun@harunrabbani.com

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