Ebola in Sierra Leone

The world is now concerned about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The outbreak began in Guinea and traveled across the border into the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone by someone who had attended the funeral of a relative in Guinea. This area of the world had not seen Ebola prior to 2014 and most people did not understand the disease; how it is spread, how to contain it, how to treat the symptoms; so many believed false information and people with symptons sometimes fled from medical treatment. A hospital in Kenema worked to treat patients and contain the virus to that area. Dr. Sheik Khan led the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and when he died it was a great shock. President Koroma declared a state of emergency and action has taken place to try and control the spread of Ebola. Yesterday blockades were placed in Kailahun and Kenema Districts for 50 days; allowing only medical personnel and food supplies to enter the area.
The Ebola outbreak has highlighted the great need for better medical facilities and equipment in West Africa. The scare of Ebola spreading to other parts of the world has brought much needed medical supplies, personnel and help to this area of the world. A vaccine is now being developed in the U.S. This disease will be contained and perhaps in the long run, Sierra Leone will benefit from the help they are receiving from other parts of the world. Let us remember that other diseases are still a part of daily life in this area, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, etc. Hopefully these diseases will also be eradicated in time. After all, the same diseases existed in America less than a hundred years ago.

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2013-2014 School Year

During this past June, two new schools were placed under the Holy Ghost Royal Academies.  The school in Fekiah Village and a primary and secondary school in Rutile are now sponsored by KEF.  A total of seven schools are now being directed by Bishop Konoyima.  Thanks to sponsors like you many students will be receiving a quality Christian based education.  Over 500 students attend the seven schools.  In order to help these children receive the best education possible KEF needs your help in providing the students and teachers the supplies needed for the coming year. Basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, rulers, and art supplies as well as science and technology equipment are needed. For more info on how you can help contact us at support@konoyima.org

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A Helping Hand – Not a Hand Out

Why should we help children in Sierra Leone, West Africa when we have children in need in the U.S.?

Do you want long sleeves or short sleeves?  Long-sleeves, I cut your arm off at wrist, short-sleeves, I cut your arm off at elbow.  Rebels gave choices to civilians during 10 year civil war.

Special Court for Sierra Leone judges in The Hague have sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to a jail-term of 50 years after he was convicted of aiding and abetting the commission of serious crimes in Sierra Leone. He was also convicted of planning attacks on various towns including the diamond rich town of Kono in late 1998 and the country’s capital Freetown in January 1999.

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When I was young I wanted to be a social worker to help people get out of poverty by teaching principles that would enable them to better their lives.  As a Sociology major in college, I discovered that social workers fill out paperwork that help people get assistance, but don’t help people leave poverty and live better lives.  Government assistance only perpetuated a culture of dependence upon the government.

From April, 1994 until December, 1997, my husband, Jay and I ministered to homeless people in Fort Worth.  Every Saturday we took a hot meal to the corners of Hattie and Crawford streets, held a service and served food.  We saw God change some people’s lives and we are grateful to God for changed lives.  What we also found was a subculture of people who had burned bridges with family and friends through excessive use of drugs/alcohol, crime and a lack of willingness to change their lives.  Contractors hire day laborers and give them a day’s wages, minus transportation and meal costs; so the individual earns five or six dollars which pays for a bunk for the night.  Some individuals opt to spend the money on beer or crack cocaine and sleep outside.  Free meals and clothes are offered through many church and service organizations.  I am not denying that some people are helped and are able to get out this poverty cycle and it is worth giving assistance to help them.  Every individual is worthy in God’s eyes and His desire for all to come the saving grace and knowledge of Him.

In July, 2012 Jay and I went with Bishop Charles Kent and Lese Harrell to Sierra Leone.  We met Bishop Sahr Ericson Konoyima who was led by God to live in Kono.  Bishop Konoyima started a church in Koidu in 1995.  This church has birthed many pastors who now minister is other churches in Kono.  God led Bishop Konoyima to start a school in 2009.  He first asked church members who wanted to be teachers to go to college and get teacher certification.  His wife, Mayrose Konoyima is the Headmistress of the Holy Ghost Royal Academy in Koidu.  We visited classrooms and attended a program presented by the school. Children as young as three years old stood up and recited information in a clear, confident voice. As a teacher, myself, I was very impressed by the knowledge the children possessed.  We also visited Holy Ghost Royal Academies in Sewafe and Woama.  The children and teachers in these schools were just as impressive.  These children were learning without school supplies, multiple classes in the same room and in Woama with only partial walls and most of the roof missing.

The adults have determined that their children will have an education and a better future.  When we returned to the states in July we began telling people about the people and schools in Kono.  By the beginning of November, $4,895.00 had been sent to Bishop Konoyima.  When we arrived in Kono on November 19, we saw tremendous changes.  Four additional classrooms and an office had been completed at the Holy Ghost Royal Academy in Koidu.  Floors had been added to the classrooms and the classrooms had more posters and learning materials.  Additionally, new schools had started in September in Bendu and Small Sefadu.  Every dollar sent made a difference.

If you are looking for a great return on your investment, please consider the schools in Kono District, Sierra Leone.  Many needs still exist:  additional classrooms, improvements to schools, school buses, additional educational materials, laptop computers, and tuition for students, scholarships for college.

For more info visit konoyima.org or contact us.

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Sponsorship

KEF has filed for tax exempt status with the IRS and should receive notification in mid-April.  Until tax exempt status is achieved you can still sponsor children through Child Sponsorship-Sierra Leone.  Many children are waiting to be sponsored.  Any donations will help out.  Your money cannot be invested in a wiser cause.

Sierra Leone is making strides in improving their infrastructure.  Children will have a brighter future especially with a little help now.  Please consider sponsoring a child or making a donation.

 

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Sponsorship

It is the dry season now in Sierra Leone and a great time for building projects. Unfortunately money has been slow to come in during the month of January. Please remember to send your support to KEF.  Every penny goes straight to Sierra Leone and is used to support the children and schools.  Every donation is appreciated.

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December 31,2012

Praise God for the many blessings he has bestowed on the students, teachers and parents of the Holy Ghost Royal Academies in Kono District.  We are excited and expectant of great things in 2013.

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Peaceful

Things are peaceful in Koidu at this time.  We are still looking for many more sponsors to support the children, teachers, and schools.  Any donation is appreciated and will be put to good use.  100% of donations given to KEF go to help children in Kono district.

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Dec. 19, 2012

Yesterday, mine workers led a peaceful demonstration to protest low wages.  The security forces for the mine opened fire and killed 3 persons and injured 8.  Rioting broke out in the streets.  The police came in with tear gas.  The Vice-President came to Koidu to calm the situation.  Mine workers are paid very low wages while the owners are gaining great wealth

Proverbs 22:16  He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain, and he that giveth to the rich, shall come only to want.

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who mowed your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth out: and the cries of them that reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Saboath.

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Small Sefadu

This is one of the two newest schools within KEF. The school began in September 2012 under the direction of Pastor David and Pastor Daniel. The school has two teachers and 27 students. Two students are currently sponsored.

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Sewafe

Pastor Israella Musa started the school in 2005 in the mostly Muslim town of Sewafe. Originally, two students enrolled but more students came because they saw the excellent teaching. Pastor Israella struggled daily to teach with no money, no supplies, and only the help of God. Slowly she gained the respect of the town leaders and families. She now has many students and teachers. Three classes are held in the church sanctuary. The sanctuary is a large, open area and not suited to holding three seperate classes of different ages at the same time. Two other grade levels are taught in an open classroom in another building. Many of the students are not able to pay tuition and the school’s resources are small. The Cheiftan of Sewafe has given them land and they are praying for the resources to build additional classrooms.

Currently, nine students are sponsored in Sewafe through the sponsorship program at KEF. Additional sponsorship will aid in further development of the school. Pastor Israella’s vision is to complete the building for the elementary school and then build a secondary school.

Questions? email: hello at konoyima dot org

 

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