As much as everyone wants to live a good life, not all can afford it. A good number of people are so privileged to be born into well-to-do families, without having to worry about what to eat and wear. There is this traditional pattern of upbringing that many stuck to – get admitted into school, choose a course of study, graduate from high school, bag a degree from college, and probably get a job. Some have enough means to start a business to become huge entrepreneurs.
Many take all these for granted because it is seen as the norm. However, we should be aware that not everybody was born with a silver spoon in their mouth. There are people who cannot afford to lay claim to basic social life amenities, speak less of acquiring decent education and jobs. That level of poverty where even the poor call them poor.
Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa is the sovereign state of Sierra Leone, a country ravaged with war, slavery and poverty. One of the poorest countries in the world, approximately 60% of Sierra Leoneans live below the national poverty line. In fact, on the radar of world’s impoverished nations in the human development index, they are ranked 180 out of 187. Worryingly, a large percentage of the population live on less than $1.25.
Birthed in Sierra Leone, I was one of the few ones lucky enough to survive the brutal events that unfolded during the Blood Diamond war. I managed to pull through the war, making my way to the United States to turn my fortunes around for the better. Getting my life on the right track, I vowed to give back to my home country in a bid to better the lives of my people. I feel this is my calling because it means a lot to me.
Through my non-profit organization – Sierra Leone US Connection (SLUS) – I have kept to my commitment by improving the standard of living of many Sierra Leoneans. We take pride in catering for the less-privileged ones, providing their basic life needs. Over the years, we collect fairly-used clothes, shoes, mattresses, toys, books, etc., sending them over to our representatives in Sierra Leone to distribute among the people. For individuals feeding hand to mouth, this small act of generosity has assisted in uplifting their morale, giving them reasons to be happy and grateful for life.
We have set up a number of programs in the country to help families cater for their daily needs. Across the poorest regions in the state, we have dug three water wells to provide clean drinking water for the people. The stress of walking miles just to gather some gallons of water, perhaps unclean, has been reduced drastically.
Also, tearing up the miles along the streets of the country, it breaks my heart to see kids wasting away without any form of education. These are the leaders of tomorrow and many of them cannot even read and write. My organization has built huts, stacked with books, to serve as libraries. This way, we get to impact some formal education in these kids, teaching them how to read, write, use computers and function properly in the society.
Rendering these selfless services over the years, the unexpected outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 has hindered our program massively. Unfortunately, the virus took its toll on my workplace, cutting down on our profit. As a result, I was relieved of my duties, leaving me unemployed. This has made it very difficult for me to keep up with assisting the people of my home country. In fact, I struggle to pay most of my staff and have already had some of them laid-off.
With the deadly coronavirus ravaging Sierra Leone, thinking about the adverse effects it will be having on the citizens give my shivers. The people in this county are desperately in need of help and I feel indebted to them. Unfavorable circumstances prevalent nowadays as well as the loss of my job should not stop me from keeping to my long-term commitment of providing for my people. In fact, I am more pumped than ever, to plunge more funds for this cause to improve their standard of living.
However, with my present condition, I cannot continue rendering aids to the less-privileged Sierra Leoneans all by myself. To keep up with my dreams of putting smiles on the faces of my people, some reasonable amount of funds needs to be injected into my project. This money will go a long way in taking my plans to the next level.
With some extra help, I have mapped out feasible plans of turning the little hut house into actual libraries. Also, there are some great minds out there who should be surrounded by the four corners of an academic building, but do not have the money to go to school. My program will provide scholarships for these kids to acquire the quality education they truly deserve.
Donating some funds to this cause, I will be able to provide shipping coasts, clothing, food, wells, shelter and education for the people of Sierra Leone. Who knows? That little sum you are ploughing into this program could help raise the next president of the country.
I will be entirely grateful for your anticipated support of this project. I have always loved placing smiles on people’s faces and finally have the chance to do just that. I have to take this chance to make my people feel better during this challenging period.
Assist me in helping the world become a better place. Thank you!