This blog post was contributed by Deanna Wallace, All As One Executive Director:
All As One is dedicated to helping the orphaned and destitute children of Sierra Leone, West Africa by providing a loving home, education, medical care, and a chance for a better future.Â We accomplish this through the All As One Children’s Center (an orphanage), school, and medical clinic in the capital city of Freetown.
Sierra Leone is officially the worst place in the world to be born, ranking as the world’s least developed country with the highest infant mortality rate according to the United Nations.Â But, despite that, the beautiful kids in All As One’s care (that I have come to know and love), fill my heart withÂ so much joy!Â Â Whether it is 6-year-old Hayley running and jumping to giveÂ me a big hug, or 8-year-old Kadie asking if my hair is a wig (it isn’t), or 5-year-old Sahr showing me his wide grin and comedic talents (that kid can make you smile!), or 13-year-old Mohamed displaying his growing artistic side, or 12-year-old Monjama becoming such a beautiful young woman before my eyes.the list of special joys and memories could just go on and on.Â I wish I had time to tell you about each one.
I have been living and working in Sierra Leone for nine years now and have been privileged to see many of the children grow from infancy to toddlers to school-age and beyond – and they are fantastic – such really specialÂ human beings.Â And I can tell you from firsthand experience that All As One’s work is urgent and necessary and worth doing because the kids are worth it!
Right now we are working hard to upgrade our current school – and the kids need new metal chairs!Â The old chairs the children have been using are made of wood and have mostly been broken beyond repair at this time.Â You can help in such a significant way by donating through the Jolkona Foundation to buy a chair for either a kindergartener ($15) or an older student ($25). Just click on this badge to see the project details:
Your donation toward this school chair project would be a terrific gift to the kids and their education!!!
On behalf of the children, I want to thank Jolkona Foundation and YOU for your support!Â You are all greatly appreciated!
To learn more about the children and All As One’s work in Sierra Leone, please visit www.allasone.org