With your help, Hands for Africa has provided educational scholarships for a handful of children. Click the pictures to learn about them!
Aiah Bindi is one of many teens in Sierra Leone who have been chosen to receive afull-ride educational scholarship, compliments of Hands for Africa and made possible through open hearted donors. Aiah attends Koidu Secondary School, or KSS, in Sierra Leone’s Kuyor I, Kono. There his head master Mr. T.D. Yamba is eager to see Aiah thrive in school without the worry of him having to drop out in order to relieve the financial burden of school. Aiah’s parents, Sahr and Kumba Bindi, are thankful for the opportunity Hands for Africa and our donors have given their son at a brighter future through education.
Allie Fofanah Jr.
Featured in this photograph is 14 year old Allie Fofanah Jr. in the village of Kono, Makeni with his father and amputee victim Allie Fofanah Sr. Allie has receive the rare and life-changing opportunity to attend school at Fatima Community Primary School in Oslo, Makeni, where he will be given a proper education and develop the necessary tools for success. Allie Sr. is grateful his son has the chance to excel, without being held back by the financial burden which his family has faced since work is scarce for an amputee.
Fifteen year-old Aminata C. Jalloh has been blessed with the amazing opportunity to receive a proper education at UMC Secondary School in Makeni, through Hands for Africa’s academic scholarship program. Aminata just celebrated her birthday with a new hope for her future as an advocate for her community and lifelong supporter of her amputee parents. She, along with all the student receiving scholarships, will have education paid for through college. This opportunity has let Aminata become more confident in her abilities and more eager to use her new skills to follow her dreams.
Seven year-old Baiteh E. Conteh dreams to become an engineer so that she can support his father and amputee victim, Edward D. Conteh. She wants to give back to the industry that helped her father obtain limbs that were a huge factor of getting him work to support the family. Bethel Temple Nursery and Preparatory School in Waterloo, will guide her to turn her dreams into a reality.
The excitement on Batu’s face shines through after being told he is given the opportunity to continue schooling at S.L.M.B. Primary School in Sierra Leone’s Southern Province of Bo. His parents, Philiph and Kadiatu Lamin are greatful to Hands for Africa and all its supporters who made this all possible. The Lamin Family has worked hard to instill a good work ethic in their son and now this effort will not go to waste. Batu is ready to learn and will work hard to make his parents proud.
Fatmata Lila Bah
Fatmata Lila Bah is a charismatic 17 year-old attending Municipal Secondary School in Kissy. Fatmata and her family are thankful for the full-ride scholarship, because it not only will support her secondary school education, but also her college education, a dream of hers otherwise unattainable. Fatmata’s father, Mohamed Sanusi Bah, had his forearm cut off by rebels in the civil war in Sierra Leone and he has been working hard to provide a better life for his children; Hands for Africa has helped the Bah family in this strife for a bright future.
Gbessary Y. Kamara
Gbessary Y. Kamara is a 14 year old attending amputee Fatima Community Primary School in Makeni. Under careful instruction of Mr. Noah Kamara and with the help from our donors, Gbessary is able to continue receiving a quality education and working towards a goal of being able to support his amputee mother, Ya Hawa Bangura. Such a scholarship will open doors for the young student and encourage him to continue turning his dreams into realities.
Ibrahim Mamoh Sao
Ibrahim Mamoh Sao is a 20 year-old student attending Kakua Community Secondary School. Ibrahim’s family has struggled to send him to school and prospect of university seemed out of reach. Mr. Sallay M. Kamara, Ibrahim’s Principal, is glad to see a passionate student rewarded for his hard work and able to achieve goals of further education.
Seventeen year old Kadi Lahai is one of many children in Sierra Leone who have been chosen to receive an educational scholarship, compliments of Hands for Africa and made possible through open hearted donors. Kadi attends Kakua Community School in Sierra Leone’s agriculture compound in Bo, and is one of many that Hands for Africa has been able to help through its academic scholarship program. With the help and encouragement of philanthropic donors, Kadi has been given the tools to compliment her ideas and successfully turn them into realities.
Lamin Tarawallie Jr.
Lamin Tarawallie Jr. is a 13 year-old recipient of the Hands for Africa academic scholarship for her education at her current school, RC Primary School in Makeni, and her future education in Secondary school and University. Lamin Sr. is very proud of his son for valuing his education so highly, and is hopeful that Lamin Jr. will be able to help support his family, community, and nation after working hard to achieve his goal of graduating university with high marks. As an amputee victim, Mr. Tarawallie Sr., feared that he would not be able to provide his son with the proper academic resources for his son due to cost, but Hands for Africa has renewed his hope in his son’s future.
Lansana accepts his scholarship after a break from school to help his mother, Kumba Pessima, who is an amputee victim. Education at God is Our light Secondary School in Dorma, Sierra Leone will create a bridge for him to cross into the business world. His mother has had trouble finding steady work since losing her limb in the conflict but Lansana is ready to work hard in school and take advantage of this opportunity in order to be able to help his mother for her entire life.
Mamie Mambu, a Milton Comprehensive Secondary School senior in Sierra Leone’s southern province of Bo. Mamie feared she would not be able to complete her secondary education or if she did she would be unable to attend college due to cost. She is a driven student, currently under the instruction of Mr. Lawyer James, who is striving to create opportunity for herself and her community by studying practical business knowledge. Her parents, Joseph and Marie, are very excited to see where this opportunity will lead their daughter and are honored to be able to finally send their daughter to school without constant worry about financials.
Growing up in Sierra Leone, Margaret and her family have always lived in constant fear and harassment from soldiers of the war. Margaret’s parents, Andrew Cooper and Aminata Kanu have sought help from the community and been taken in by community members who generously provide all that they can to help this family, even though they have very little means to begin with. With the help of generous donors of Hands for Africa, Margaret has been able to attend QRS Secondary School in BO, Sierra Leone to become educated and advance in future endeavors in giving back to her community.
Mariatu Conteh is also a student at the Fatima School in the village of Kono and is one of the many students that Hands for Africa has been able to help through its academic scholarship program. Mariatu is a 10 year-old amputee who now has the chance to create a future for herself through proper education and a future career path. With the help and encouragement of philanthropic donors, Mariatu will have the tools to excel academically and, with continued support, opportunity to start anew with prosthetic limbs.
Mary F. Gimissa
Mary herself has been a victim of the war. She has been kidnapped, abused, and tortured. She has always had hopes of doing more with her life than involuntarily becoming a victim. Thanks to the assistance and encouragement from kind donors, this young lady will be able to continue to hone in on her skills to share with the world while she is a student at U.M.C. Girls Secondary School in Koidu Town, Sierra Leone. Not only will she become educated, but being a part of a community where she feels safe is just as important.
Musa is 11 years-old living in Pamlap, Makeni. His parents are Sorie and Memuna Conteh, both of whom are very grateful to Hands for Africa and its donors who are so supportive in investing in their son. Musa has never traveled farther than the outskirts of his village. He has always wondered what was beyond those straw huts and out towards the horizon. At the Community Secondary School in Pamlap, Musa hopes to obtain good grades so that he can go to college in a different country to experience life outside of Africa.
Mustapha Koroma Jr.
The scholarship will provide all educational expenses paid for Mustapha to attend school at Youmoh Three Primary School in Sierra Leone’s South Province of Bo. Mustapha has faced a hard life but is not deterred by what life has thrown at him so far. His family has struggled since the war but this will not stop this student from learning and growing and thriving. Be apart of Mustapha’s growth and help him overcome his daily struggles.
Neneh Conteh is a 12 year-old who attends the Fatima Primary School in Makeni, under Mr. Noah Kamara where he is studying to become a politician so that he can fight for amputee rights in Sierra Leone because his family has been greatly impacted by the war. Neneh is a bright young student who plans to go to college and immediately start to work in his community and nation. His journey begins now and he needs your help to continue on this path to a brighter future, for himself and his nation.
Patrick Lahai is the only student we are supporting through scholarship who is currently enrolled in a university. Patrick is a 26 year-old student at African Information Technology Holding, pursuing an education which will allow him to create infrastructure in his community and provide himself with a long future in the tech industry. Without your support of Hands for Africa, Patrick would be unable to complete his college education and Sierra Leone would be missing a future passionate IT employee.
During the civil war, many families did not have anyone who was able to fight for them. Sahr realized this at a young age by seeing first hand how his family had to struggle throughout the years with no support from the local government. Sahr hopes to become a future lawyer who would fight for all amputee victims like his proud mother, Kumba Gbetu. He currently receives his education at Assembles of God Secondary School in Wodu, Kono. Sahr is looking forward to school so he can not only fulfill his own aspirations but the hopes of his mother.