Kaday Conteh

Kaday Conteh lost her mother when she was three. Her father, a poor farmer, had never been able to send Kaday or her two older sisters and older brother to school. Kaday’s neck was mysteriously fractured when she was left in the care of neighbors for two weeks around the time of her mother’s illness. Kaday then remained in the care of her grandmother, who is blind, while her father and siblings did farm work

By age five when Kaday was first seen by Africa Surgery, she could not hold her head up straight, she was partially paralyzed on the right side of her body so had difficulty standing or walking, and seemed to be is some pain. Africa Surgery fit Kaday with a neck brace in the hope that it might help straighten her neck as she continued to grow. After eight months Kaday had grown a bit and her neck was much straighter, her pain seemed over, and she had regained the complete use of the right side of her body. 

In September, 2018, Africa surgery had Kaday enrolled in the local primary school in her village, and found a donor who committed to sponsoring Kaday’s schooling for $200 per year through Africa Surgery’s Student Sponsorship Program. Kaday is making progress in her school work with help from a Sierra Leonean ASI team member who tutors Kaday after school. It is hoped that Kaday will become the first person in her family to be able to read and to write.

Joel E. Mansaray

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. 

News from “Sponsor a Child”

I rode my bicycle through Makeni town to visit a family which has three children that Africa Surgery is helping with schooling, thanks to three different sponsors.  The family lacks the support of a man, and the mother tries to raise her girls through her efforts as a baker and market seller.  Her youngest daughter, Beatrice, age six, is deaf.  Arriving at the house I was offered a chair.  Once seated, I was informed that the mother, Maferie, was at the Holy Spirit Hospital, where I had just been working all day, and that she was there caring for one of her daughters, Aminata, who had undergone an emergency appendectomy about one week before.

Every year I provide the hospital with a list of Africa Surgery-sponsored students, who are to be treated at our expense, should they arrive at the hospital in need of help.  I was very pleased to see that the plan is working well, as it did in this case.

Tom Johnson

Dec. 1, 2013