Since 2014 to the present, ICCF continues to struggle to raise those children in Makeni and Freetown. Since the home and school we are building could not be fully completed with our limited resources, we are struggling to finish what we have begun. Therefore, with the little support at hand and few people who are now key players of this charity program we are conducting a major fundraiser in hopes of completing the home and free school to save their future this time.
To achieve this, we are sponsoring a SLL 100, 000, 000 (USD 13300) Fundraiser which will cover a 5 day sporting and learning event.
We plan to:
Invite the public to witness and take part
Sales of ICCF products to raise fund (t shirt, pen, calendar, books, poems of S Stephanie, Marjory Wentworth, Debra Frasier and Katherine Leigh)
The children from other homes (orphanages) will compete in 100 meter and 200 meter, quiz, poetry writing and exchange, soccer, storytelling etc. Online Donations
SLL 100, 000, 000 FUNDRASISER ($13,300)
TO COMPLETE ICCF FREE SCHOOL AND ANNIE-ULF HOME PROJECT
TO HELP OTHER ORPHANAGES IN FREETOWN
In 2014, 2015, the world witnessed a deadly outbreak around the West African regions of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Ebola virus ravaged thousands of lives and left thousands of children homeless and abandoned. A few friends in 2014 came together and traveled north of the country where the virus had robbed whole villages of life and devastated them. This was an attempt also to console Ebola survivors who were mostly young children, and to demonstrate concern and generosity. The resources and experience for what was soon seen as a rescue mission were limited, and not until the idea of setting up a charity group aimed at reaching out to more people with our findings on the deplorable conditions of orphans in these villages did we gain support and go back to help. Shelter was a major concern but having a single meal per day became the highest priority and built on mere hope.
Find out how...
Other International organizations and ICCF are helping Sierra Leone Mudslides and flood victims...
We will be covering 4 communities affected by the recent mudslides and flood within five days, starting this Thursday to Tuesday next week. ICCF will however be teaming up with Moseray Fadika Trust in distributing useful materials to people/residents victimized by the disaster.
We will encourage donations here, volunteers, and useful contribution against the above date. Mark you, used clothes, toiletries are of high demand.
Follow the instructions to donate
S Stephanie holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Manchester, NH where she teaches English and Creative Writing for the NH Institute of Art. She is also a Mentor in their MFA in Creative Writing Program.
But here in africa (iccf Sierra leone) we are also proud to call her a teacher, a mentor, a mother, and a key player.
To start ICCF ANNIE-ULF home and free school project in makeni.
To reach ebola orphans in makeni, kenema, freetown.
To pay monthly subvention to school for the blind.
To promote child friendly school initiatives.
transferring anne-ulf home from freetown to makeni.
campaigns to reduce child labor in sierra leone.
Raising fund to help vulnerable children in the country.
To promote usa-sl kids poetry exchange.
AL HASSAN KAMARA
REAding a book for the others. he brilliantly explained it to everyone. "smart boy" Here is a copy of his original work.
"I noticed am not the only poor man who cares but lot of my friends care as much as I do!
Mohamed bah with geesje from Holland
In 2014, 2015, the world witnessed a deadly outbreak around the West African regions; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Ebola virus ravaged thousands of lives and lot of children were left hopeless and neglected. Few friends in 2014 came together
and TRAVELED north of the country were the virus had robbed the happy living in most surrounding little villages.
However, it was an attempt to console Ebola survivors who were mostly young children and to demonstrate good signs of generosity. The resources and experience on what was soon seen as a rescue mission were limited, not until the idea of setting up a charity group which will aim at reaching out more people with our findings on the deplorable conditions of orphans in these villages, gain support and come back to help. Shelter was a major concern but having a single meal per day was highly base on mere hope.
Before late in the year 2014, few signatories’ around the world came on board including a local church in Sweden. An idea pioneered by a Sierra Leonean. However, not much was benefited from it. A challenged suffered greatly at a time when we needed their support most but other children that were not in the list benefited from their supports.
save the blind event
Although, the foundation was created to build resources for children throughout the country, its primary focus is shelter, food, clothing and education for children orphaned by the recent Ebola outbreak.
In 2015, in response to an appeal from Mohamed Bah, a native Sierra Leonean and a television and radio reporter for at Africanews, who serves as child rights activist and director at I CARE Children Foundation ESTABLISHED A RELATIONSHIP WITH New Hampshire poets S Stephanie and Kate Leigh THAT undertook an effort to collect children’s books for the orphanage. A go-fund-it campaign also raised about $3500.
LATER suggested that, ongoing, a cultural- and book-exchange program, particularly featuring children and young people telling their stories, would be a good cross-cultural way to support the I Care orphanage.
supporting the orphanage AND CHILDREN with an annual children’s writing program, run by PL Kate Leigh AND S STEPHANIE IN Portsmouth USA WILL BE AMAZING. The idea behind these programs would be to explore, through writing, journaling and perhaps audio or video recordings, children’s awareness and attitudes about other cultures and countries and about their own lives and challenges. Their writing would then be shared with children from the I CARE Foundation’s schools and the orphanage in a cultural exchange. The Portsmouth-area children would receive, in turn, writings and other materials from the children in Sierra Leone.
In 2015, the name I CARE Children Foundation finally came up and represented the hope and salvation for so many children in the country.
With the blessings of our friends lot was done in the year.
Also, most of the disables that used to be in the list of government were abandoned with the focus to cater for the large Ebola victims are now being included in our list of children we are currently giving support to.
However, it was an attempt to console Ebola survivors who were mostly young children and to demonstrate good signs of generosity. The resources and experience on what was soon seen as a rescue mission were limited, not until the idea of setting up a charity group which aimed at reaching out more people with our findings on the deplorable conditions of orphans in these villages. Shelter was a major concern but having a single meal per day was highly base on mere hope.
When I lay my head to sleep,
I count my shepherd's sheep.
1,2,3 I fall asleep,
counting my Jesus sheep.
Inspired by pam stephanic
POET LAUREATE KATHERINE LEIGH
Its a great pleasure to be exchange poems and short stories between our children and the lovely kids in the class of Portsmouth Poet Laureate Katherine Leigh. It's going to a significant event and thanks to everyone involve especially Manchester Poet S Stephanie.
AFIZE STYLISH WRISTBAND
AFIZE MOHAMED IS A SIERRA LEONEAN UK BASE MODEL WHO DONATED TREMENDOUSLY TO ICCF TO COMMENCE WORK AT THE ANNE-ULF ORPHANAGE AND SCHOOL IN DECEMBER 2016. hE LATER CONTINUED HIS SUPPORT TO ICCF IN FEBRUARY'S SAVE THE BLIND EVENT.
selling A WRISTBAND ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RAISE FUND WHICH HE HIMSELF DONATED EARLIER IN DECEMBER WAS A BIG DIFFERENCE ANY SIERRA LEONEAN COULD OF MADE. IN OTHER WORLDS AFIZE MOHAMED MADE HISTORY IN OUR LIVES AS CHILDREN AND YOUNG SIERRA LEONEANS GROWING UP IN SOCIETY WHERE POVERTY IS TAKEN OVER CORRUPTION.
“We want to fight to end the
world’s greatest evils: poverty and vulnerability of children and women,” he said, adding that in order to meet the needs of these children, the organization has acquired a five bed room apartment at Haja Fatmata at Wellington in Freetown, disclosing that the building has a class room space that will accommodate two hundred pupils.
isha attracts benefit for boarders at blind school
Seven year old Isha Lansana is one of the boarders at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown. Though blind, her friendly and receptive attitude to strangers has attracted scholarship for six other blind children at the said school.
These seven children through I Care Children’s Foundation and Keflay Children’s Foundation received scholarship in the form of school items, clothes, toys, stylus and braille.
The founder of I Care Children’s Foundation is Mohamed Bah. Addressing staffs and pupils of the Blind school last Thursday, he said “my encounter with Isha left me sleepless that night as I was thinking how happy Isha was”.
Mohamed had visited the school sometime in August this year on some other business,
"feeding more visually impaired children was one of the best moment we had despite commencing work at the home and school." - Mohamed bah
I Care Children’s Foundation (ICCF) has commenced the rehabilitation of the ICCF Anne-Ulf Charity Home situated on Sallu Street, Wellington in the eastern part of Freetown.
The Foundation was formed in 2014 to support Ebola orphans, children with disabilities and less privileged children. The founder of ICCF, Mohamed Bah, said the project covers not only the running of an orphanage but also the operations of a school.
The school hosts 65 children who are not orphans. “Though it was established for orphans, the school is however open to the public. For them, they pay for extra charges though they will not pay tuition waiver. Funding and payment of the teachers is coming from me. This we did in order to get the orphans interacts with other children”, Bah explained.
He went on to say that the Foundation is presently taking care of 60 children around the country adding that they will enrol more children into that home by the time it is ready for operation.
The Foundation has been partnering with international donors who have been funding the project. Afize Mohamed, a Sierra Leonean model based in the United Kingdom, is helping. He told Awoko that he was pleased to give back to his country. He said “this is our home so we need to come back and do what we have to do.”
but the interaction of the seven year old left him astounded. “Her interaction with people inspired me to write a poem. With this poem I was able to raise some funds from the Portsmouth poet laureate, Kate Leigh and a host of other poets in the USA.”
Bah said the fund raised has been used to get the items donated to those children.
The Principal Salieu Turay who was very pleased with the visit and gestures from members of both foundations described the visit as a gesture of love. “They are here this afternoon to share their love and happiness and to tell you that you are not forgotten; that you are part of society”, he informed the children.
He encouraged the children to work hard, excel and maintain discipline.
The children during the course of the interaction also acted a play and rendered a song contribution to express their need for fair treatment and proper training.
Foundation members also distributed snacks among the children.
"Creating something out of nothing" Building a Home together
"If Only We Could Do More To Create something out of nothing"
Not quit in a hurry but time was not in anyone's favor, when Hawa, and her two friends Mariama Serray and Memzo climbed the stairs of their new home. Overwhelmed as much by the good luck of finding a place to call their own after all these years sleeping under the market stalls and beside the side walks.
I dropped twenty four years back from my recent memories when the outbreak threw us out off our different places and the authorities burnt our things. Merely 6 and a half but I still remember that life of devastation, tribulation and tragic occurrences.
Today, a clear picture before me was that beautiful smile, a replacement to their cry and hope of growing up in a better place and peaceful environment.
Barely, they managed to climbed the stairs and entered in a room. The girls knew the path well and pretended not to spot the mess all over the floor. I eventually miss my steps and steady my balance on the stench wall. I reckoned, it is very necessary for us to beat it to pieces before... hm mm. We should do more!.
They led me to the right flank of the building, Where light came straight from the sky because the second ruff window of that structure separating it from the main house had been placed in the patched ceiling and not the walls. "What the hell...!" whispered to myself. The girls noticed the sudden sad appearance on my face and responded with a broom and start the cleaning, parking and singing the words of encouragement and inspiration..." If only we could do more to create something out of nothing".
"The Fence cannot stand without a proper foundation" - Mohamed Bah
ReachOut team continues to uncover more stories surrounding the children in Sierra Leone.
Apart from been a bus conductor or traders, most are trapped in "Environmental hostilities" where their society is expose to extreme hardship leaving them helpless.
Join the Reach Out team to uncover more stories...
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The truth is we don't need all that we can't have to help others. The passion is just enough. Be selfless in whatever you do for once and make something better.
... #ReachOut Kissy Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone
You can get all the info on the mid year programs starting this April once you reach us via whatsapp and mail and get the chance to add your voice.
Thanks very much for the few who have already started giving us suggestions and ideas, all are welcome... From Bo here in Freetown, Guinea, Kenya, Uganda and surprisingly the Philippines etc.
The aim is to change the world and we are very much happy to be part of a course that is already crossing boundaries. God is wonderful.
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NEW YEAR'S DAY ICCF CONSOLES ORPHANS IN MAKENI
THE DOCTOR HIMSELF
Alusine right spends most of his time fetching water on gallons and selling each to local dwellers. He saves the money with the hope of having enough one day which will be enough for his fee and school materials.
However, we eventual caught up with the lost father who can neither feed himself but rather works as a stone breaker with low income earned.
So far, going back to school for Abu is a dead dream, instead selling plumb in the market continues to be his destiny.
Surviving the street all these while shows how great his potentials are. Perhaps we can give Abu an opportunity in our society the future of this country and the world can no longer be bleak but instead a better generation with equality, prosperity and God fearing people can be achieve.
Mohamed Bah and Radio presenter at AirRadio in Freetown
Duru Ahmad Bah
Having spent 11 years in Canada, Mr Duru Ahmad Bah sees the urgent need to be part of a humanitarian race that can end the world's greatest terrors; poverty, child labor, teenage pregnancy, and disadvantaged/less fortunate children across Sierra Leone.
Speaking to iccf media at mans academy building, he lamented that...
"It's a big step that shows how big the heart can be... "
Thank you very much for such a kind effort and donation.
Beautiful smile in an empty home, the building that was formally occupied by Milton Margai Institute can now be a home for our children at ICCF. A structure that can be used as an office space, school, and Home for less fortunate loving children.
Despite the fact that we still lack funitures, learning materials and other useful materials that made the home an empty place yet still we are happy and grateful to God.
"Beautiful Smile In An Empty Home" indeed...
Memzo and Hawa during lunch break helping out to put things in order. Very determine to see that their home is well structure.
I CARE OutReach program continues in Freetown and...
Today we're on-board again with Sailor Abu, Ibrahim, and little Minolin
Under the same hot burning sun
Like vagabonds upon the ocean
Sailing from harbors to harbors
Leaving behind the well lined up mongers
(Mothers and rest of the family members).
With empty stomach and hearts full of hope.
The sea creatures were so smart, after spending 5hours onshore yet the traps and baits continued to be worthless.
That moment the boys and few of our volunteers felt abandon in the sea
with two arms, two limbs and two eyes yet still very unsuccessful.
Not too long when we heard one of them who had proven to be the smartest urging the others...
We must wage a war and come back home with sharks, rocketfish or even octopus"
This had been a usual errand daily by these little fishermen.
We were curious to know about their education, welfare, and shelter but the answers to our various questions was only answered by just a characteristic of poverty "Deprivation"
Living in a neglected community where little boys and girls are emerging as bread winners of their families is even growing fastest compare to that increasing figures of out of school children.
I CARE Children Foundation will continue with the OutReach Programs and if you wish to learn more of it or want to play any part of this initiative please contact us via WhatsApp +23276143611/📧email@example.com
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„Liebe allein, nicht Haß, kann die Welt heilen.“ (Love alone, not hate, can cure the world).
As long as we are on board
Tell them their detritus along the way wont wreck our ship.As long as we are on shore
They will obviously call us
Sailors, Minors and Minolin!
Yet tell them
Without our service their capitainship is worth nothing
For as long as we remain brave
Flying the colors of Sierra Leone High
In the wind! In the rain! Under the sun
Behold! They are devalued
"Mother told me about those days when they were kids and growing up in a better society where things were cheaper and life was a lot more easier than now" 13yr old Alisine Kamama.
Alusine sadly lost his Mother 2 years ago to Malaria. They were helpless and their survive only on "gari and sugar" 3 times a day. Doctors couldn't help because neither Alusine or his father who was an apprentice on a local fishing boat could afford the hospital charges. Poor women was left with no other option but to endure persistent pains to death. After a year of grief the father became sick and there was no remedy to help the situation. His death during the Ebola crisis left the poor boy homeless today within our society.
But there is this dream he is determine to make true, " becoming a doctor some day to save hundreds of mothers and fathers who are less privilege in his society." Helping Alusine to gain Education, Moral support is as commensurate as saving the future generation and making the society a better place as his late Mother once told said.
It was exactly on the 18th of April this year when ICCF visited the Bomfla Boy at Waterloo in the outskirt of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Where another true definition of poverty, hunger and deprivation of the rural poor was shown.
After four months, we've been recently spending most of our time in the interior of Sierra Leone tracing any extended family member left off poor Abu Kamara whom can serve as his next immediate caregiver.
Leading the future generation