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18-year-old female wins LE 10,000,000 from Kelvin Doe Foundation SL DIY Tinkering Challenge

18-year-old Mariama Sangarie, a pupil of the Koidu Secondary School in Koidu, Kono District is the winner of the Kelvin Doe Foundation SL DIY Tinkering Challenge.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, The Kelvin Doe Foundation invited students in Sierra Leone (ages 13-18) to test their creativity and ingenuity by participating in the SL DIY Tinkering Challenge. the SL DIY Tinkering Challenge was intended to keep the youth of Sierra Leone engaged in learning during the corona pandemic. Participants are to make a homemade invention that solves a problem that’s important to them. It could be a piece of technology built from recycled parts like the radio station Kelvin Doe (aka DJ Focus) built to broadcast news and music in his community.

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18-year-old Mariama Sangarie was born in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Kono District, Eastern Province from a poor family. She did her primary school at the Sierra Leone Muslim Brotherhood (SLMB) at Nimiyama and continued her Junior Secondary School at the Alharrhakan Islamic Secondary School in the same town. After completing her primary and junior secondary school, she moved to Koidu city where she furthered her senior education at the Koidu Secondary School (KSS).

During this Pandemic, She engaged herself in Sensitizing her friends in school as to how they should prevent themself from getting COVID-19. She invented a local wash-hand base and for people to wash their hands and also finding ways as to how she can improve in making her solar back-pack. She visits remote areas to gather more information on how to improve her invention. From her experience in struggling during the nights to study due to lack of electricity to take her younger sister to the streets studying under solar street lights prompted her to invent a solar back-pack enable her and her younger sister to study at home using the solar back-pack.this led her to win le 10,000,000 from the Kelvin Doe Foundation SL DIY Tinkering Challenge.

She received a call from Kelvin Doe that she has won LE 10,000,000. That left her in tears of joy when Mr. Doe told her ‘’Mariama, you are the winner” she said she was like  “wow wow!!” She danced, clapped, and shed tears. She said to herself “I finally made it in this competition, poor as I am.” She continued by telling her mom “Mom, I have won LE 10,000,00.”

Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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