Mission to Sierra Leone

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My trip to Sierra Leone was all that I imagined and more. The food was fantastic, the people were so kind and welcoming and the scenery is breath-taking. I loved my visit so much that I am already trying to make plans for a return trip.

Over the course of my one month visit I have made numerous friends, learned some Mende (a tribal language), and tried some great food. Even when I was doing community work like teaching the younger children how to use phonetics, or giving a pep-talk to one of the local all-girls school I had a blast every second of everyday. One of the most fulfilling days on my trip was when we hosted a blood pressure and blood glucose screening at the Gobaru Court Barracks. At first I was a little discouraged because it was raining very heavily, but once we got started with educating about how diet and nutrition affects your health and well-being, people just kept coming. Even when the sun went down and there was no electricity we just brought torch light (flash-lights) out and tried to screen as many people as we could. Even days following the screening people would stop me where ever I would go asking me if I was going to have another screening. Hopefully when I return I will have more resource to test more people.

Through my journey I have definitely learned a lot and hope through future travels and programs I can learn a lot more on how to run a great non-profit that has a lasting impact on a community. I now know that this work is what I would like to do for the rest of my life as a career. I would like to thank everyone who supported me financially, spiritually and with your words of wisdom; you have truly gave me a life changing experience that I will always cherish.

Kendra J. Davis

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Pictures from Mrs. Bonsu’s school in Kenema. The students were celebrating the “Day of the African Child”.

The current state and condition of Kenema – Pujehun Hospital Operating Theater – Sierra Leone

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