Joel E. Mansaray was born about six-years ago to a strong and hard-working woman who is continuously filling and hauling five-gallon containers of water for her neighbors at no cost. While she works, Joel is taken care of by his maternal uncle who is also working to support several members of his extended family.
Joel posed for this photo wearing his primary school uniform during the 2018-19 school year. We hope to be able to find a sponsor for Joel to help us send him to school again this September.
Through the ASI Student Sponsorship Program, Africa Surgery is helping to educate 132 students. However, many of these students remain without their own sponsor and might have to be dropped from this program as result. It costs $200 per year to provide a student in need with school uniforms, shoes, school bag, books, and other supplies and costs.
Each time I return from my visits to Sierra Leone I bring thank-you letters, written by each student to their sponsor, and photos of each student, which are then sent to each sponsor personally by me.
Esther Conteh first came to us in January, 2016. She presented with the right side of her face ballooned out, her jaw being shifted to the left by a tumor. She had been previously been working as a police officer, but had to give up her job due to the appearance of the tumor. We had Esther start receiving weekly chemotherapy treatment from our oral surgeon in Freetown, but her tumor only grew larger.
In 2017 we were able to send Esther to the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. There her tumor was successfully excised, and she returned to Sierra Leone. However, despite the surgery, the tumor had eaten away so much of her lower-and-upper-right jawbones that her face was left with a large divot, and she wore a sling to hold the right side of her mouth closed.
I was very surprised on April 1, 2019, when Esther turned up where we were unloading supplies from our storage container. She was nicely dressed, no-longer needing the sling to hold her mouth closed. I learned that she is now living in our village just a few houses away from our storage container and that she has been reinstated as a police officer.
Matilda Kamara was crippled by polio as a child. Through the ASI Student Sponsorship program, Africa Surgery is sponsoring Matilda to attend university and obtain certification to teach primary school students. Matilda now runs pre-school sessions for the young children of other polio victims. She had special uniforms made for them by another polio victim and member of their polio community. These children all need to attend regular classes at certified primary schools but are in need of sponsorship because they are the children of disabled parents who cannot afford to pay the required school fees and other school-related costs.
It only costs $200 per school year to sponsor a child through ASI’s sponsorship program. This will cover his or her school fees, will supply two school uniforms, one pair of shoes, school books and other supplies. In return all sponsors will receive thank-you letters and one or more photos of their students when I return from my next working visit to Sierra Leone. School starts in September. For more information you can email me at email@example.com, or call me at 973-292-3320.
Foday Conteh, 40, is suffering from an extreme infection in his left jaw which is destroying the jaw- bone’s joint. The infection was probably caused by a decayed tooth. It is not likely that the joint can be salvaged, but we are hoping that the infection can be brought under control through medication and surgery by Dr. Davis, the oral surgeon in Freetown. Foday’s condition is the worst of the eleven patients with abscessed jaws under Africa Surgery’s care.
For impoverished persons since 2014, ASI has been having slightly-decayed teeth restored through drill-and-fill procedures, and badly decayed teeth extracted by another local oral surgeon at the Government Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone. This program, which averages treatment for over 800 patients per year, not only relieves people of pain but reduces the number of cases that develop from decayed teeth to full blown abscesses such as Foday Conteh’s.
We are excited to announce our first Caring Crowd campaign to help Mamusu Conteh, age 25, who has been suffering from an abscessed jaw for four years.
We have 43 days to raise $3,000 in order to fund 3 life changing surgeries for Mamusu, performed by Dr. Don Davis. The funds will also go towards assisting Mamusu in raising her two children as a widowed mother.
With every contribution, Johnson & Johnson will generously match your donation up to $250. With their help and yours we have double the opportunity to reach our funding goal!
After her surgeries, Mamusu will be free from pain and able to support her children again. Any donation will help Africa Surgery and Dr. Don Davis provide Masusu and her family a brighter future.
We are a unique organization in that we use 100% of of the funds donated here for the medical and surgical care of Sierra Leonean children and adult patients. No part of these funds go for administrative costs.
In Sierra Leone, simple surgeries cost slightly over $100. No donation is too small. Every dollar counts.
Africa Surgery, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit. Your donations are tax-deductible in the United States.