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From A Difficult Childhood Accident To Paralympic Champion: Juan Faith Jackson Became First Female Sierra Leonean To Compete In 2020-21 Paralympic Games In Tokyo

Before you read deep insight on her story, Juan Faith Jackson plans to become a lawyer, her journey doesn’t just stop at the Paralympic games, we could all help support her become a lawyer, HeartShapedHands has launched a campaign to raise $10,200  for Juan, you can support by donating  here  and read her story on  HeartShapedHands here

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Sierra Leone’s Para athlete Juan Faith Jackson was one of 24 athletes supported by IPC at Tunis 2021

 After a childhood accident, her left arm was amputated, but that hasn’t held her back. She is currently competing in 2020-21 Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

Juan is a 15-year-old girl from humble beginnings in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she lives with her mother, father and two older siblings. Her father does agriculture and her mother is unemployed. Juan loves sports — her favorites are soccer and track, and she excels in the classroom.

Para athletes supported by the International Paralympic Committee’s NPC Development Programme delivered top performances and earned valuable international experience at the season’s second World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunis, Tunisia.

Africa’s largest Para athletics competition, held between 18-20 March 2021, welcomed nearly 480 athletes from 59 countries. Among those were 24 athletes and 13 coaches supported by the NPCDP, representing 13 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs): Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, DR of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo and Yemen.

Kei Kamara and his foundation, the HeartShapedHands foundation have come in to support Juan, Through some connections and friends of theirs, Juan was offered a scholarship to the prestigious High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire. This well-known Waldorf boarding school has awarded Juan a full academic scholarship and a spot on their soccer team. Her dreams of a becoming a lawyer are well on the way to coming true! Her family never could have afforded this life-changing opportunity, without our help.

However, there are additional costs that her scholarship won’t cover — and her family cannot afford — like flights to/from Sierra Leone, health insurance, a phone, school supplies, clothes, and toiletries.

HeartShapedHands needs you to come in and help  give Juan this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Juan is an inspiration — and she needs our helping hands.

To cover this school year’s additional expenses, They need to raise $10,200 for her. Help HeartShapedHands ensure Juan is set for success by making a tax-deductible donation to the HeartShapedHands Foundation today.

In 2012, Kei Kamara founded the HeartShapedHands foundation with the sole purpose of providing scholarships to schools and students in his home country of Sierra Leone, West Africa. The foundation, named after his signature goal celebration, has allowed Kamara to follow his heart and use his hands to give back to his home country, a place for which he is very passionate.

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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 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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