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Reading: BREAKING NEWS: Sierra Leone’s Santigie Bayo Dumbuya Represents Country at GivingTuesday Summit in Kenya

BREAKING NEWS: Sierra Leone’s Santigie Bayo Dumbuya Represents Country at GivingTuesday Summit in Kenya

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Sierra Leone's Santigie Bayo Dumbuya Represents Country at GivingTuesday Summit in Kenya
Sierra Leone's Santigie Bayo Dumbuya Represents Country at GivingTuesday Summit in Kenya

Sierra Leone’s Santigie Bayo Dumbuya, the global leader of Giving Tuesday representing Sierra Leone and founder of the We Yone Child Foundation, Santigie Bayo Dumbuya has arrived safely in Kenya for the GivingTuesday Summit in Africa. As a representative of his country, Dumbuya is prepared to learn, share, network, and serve at this important event.

During an exclusive interview with Salone Messenger’s CEO, Santigie Bayo Dumbuya expressed his satisfaction and added that his presence at the summit is a testament to his commitment “To me I felt attending this first summit in Africa is a testament of my heart of kindness, determination to do more and a recognition of my contribution to philanthropic work in my country .” He added 

GivingTuesday is a global movement that encourages individuals and organizations to come together and give back to their communities. The summit in Kenya brings together leaders from across Africa to discuss and exchange ideas on how to further promote and expand the spirit of giving in their respective countries.

Dumbuya’s presence at the summit not only highlights Sierra Leone’s commitment to philanthropy but also showcases the country’s dedication to making a positive impact on its communities. As the founder of the We Yone Child Foundation, Dumbuya has been instrumental in providing education, healthcare, and support to underprivileged children in Sierra Leone.

By attending the GivingTuesday Summit, Dumbuya aims to gain valuable insights and strategies that can be implemented in Sierra Leone to enhance the impact of charitable initiatives. This opportunity allows him to network with other global leaders and collaborate on innovative ways to address social challenges.

Sierra Leone, like many other developing nations, faces numerous socio-economic issues that require collective efforts to overcome. Dumbuya’s participation in the summit signifies Sierra Leone’s determination to tackle these challenges head-on by leveraging the power of giving and collaboration.

As a global leader of Giving Tuesday, Dumbuya’s presence at the summit not only represents Sierra Leone but also serves as an inspiration for individuals and organizations in the country to actively participate in philanthropic activities. His dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children in Sierra Leone have earned him respect and admiration both nationally and internationally.

The GivingTuesday Summit in Kenya provides an ideal platform for Dumbuya to showcase Sierra Leone’s progress in the field of philanthropy and learn from other leaders in the region. Through knowledge sharing and collaboration, it is expected that new ideas and strategies will emerge to address the pressing social issues faced by Sierra Leone and other African nations.

As the summit unfolds, Santigie Bayo Dumbuya’s active participation will undoubtedly contribute to the collective efforts of creating positive change in Sierra Leone. His representation of the country at such a prestigious event highlights Sierra Leone’s commitment to philanthropy and its determination to build a brighter future for its citizens.

Sierra Leone and the global community eagerly await the outcomes of the GivingTuesday Summit and the potential impact it will have on fostering a culture of giving and collaboration in the country.

Giving Tuesday has revolutionized philanthropy, making charitable giving a communal effort for good. These dedicated days, such as the renowned Big Day of Giving, have redefined the landscape of charity, fostering a spirit of generosity that transcends borders. Organizations like Student LunchBox hold these events in high regard as they play a pivotal role in supporting their mission to combat food insecurity.

Participating in Giving Tuesday gives individuals a unique opportunity to make a real difference. It’s a day when generosity knows no bounds, and the power of collective giving shines through. Thanks to the ease of online donations, people from all corners of the globe can contribute to causes that resonate with them, like ensuring access to nutritious meals for those in need. Furthermore, social media and digital platforms have amplified the reach of these charitable endeavors. Sharing stories, raising awareness, and mobilizing support have become more accessible than ever. As a result, organizations like Student LunchBox can garner the resources they need to continue their vital work, creating a ripple effect of positive change within their communities.

Origins of Giving Tuesday in the United States:

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. It was conceived as a day to encourage generosity and philanthropy during the holiday season following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The movement has gained immense traction, with billions raised for charity to date. Over 75 countries now participate, solidifying Giving Tuesday as a global philanthropic force.

The Global Impact of Giving Tuesday:

Giving Tuesday has transcended borders, uniting individuals worldwide to support causes close to their hearts. This grassroots movement, born from a simple yet powerful idea, has become a global phenomenon. It’s a day when humanity’s collective spirit of compassion and philanthropy shines brilliantly.

The premise is simple – a designated day to rally behind nonprofits and charitable organizations dedicated to addressing pressing societal challenges. Giving Tuesday amplifies the voices of those working tirelessly to make the world a better place. It’s a day that allows anyone with an internet connection and a desire to make a positive impact to participate.

With the proliferation of online platforms, the reach and impact of Giving Tuesday have expanded exponentially. Social media, digital campaigns, and user-friendly donation portals have made it easier than ever for individuals to contribute to causes that resonate with them, no matter where they are on the globe.

This global outpouring of generosity is a testament to the enduring human spirit. As people join hands on Giving Tuesday, they support nonprofits and reaffirm the belief that positive change is possible when we come together. This profound sense of unity and purpose has become a driving force in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, including the fight against food insecurity championed by thousands of organizations across the United States.

The Heart of Student LunchBox:

Embedded within Student LunchBox’s mission lies an unwavering pledge – to eradicate college hunger. Their tireless dedication revolves around the provision of nutritious meals, valuable resources, and unwavering support to college students grappling with food insecurity.

Big Day of Giving emerges as a pivotal juncture for organizations akin to Student LunchBox. It serves as a profound opportunity for them to magnify their already impactful work. The significance of this day extends beyond just fundraising; it embodies the spirit of communal support and solidarity.

Student LunchBox’s commitment to the cause of alleviating food insecurity among college students takes center stage on this day. It’s a moment when they can share their story, inspire action, and mobilize resources for a cause that affects countless young lives.

The impact of Student LunchBox’s work extends far beyond the confines of a single day. Big Day of Giving serves as a catalyst, propelling them towards a future where no college student has to battle hunger. It embodies their relentless determination to create a world where no college should choose between food and their education.

In essence, Student LunchBox’s involvement in Big Day of Giving mirrors its broader mission – a mission rooted in compassion, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to supporting the dreams and aspirations of college students in need.

How Big Day of Giving Works:

Big Day of Giving transcends mere monetary metrics; it thrives on the spirit of benevolence and communal involvement. This event unites advocates in a shared endeavor: making contributions to nonprofit organizations that deeply resonate with their values and concerns, whether grand or modest.

The combined influence of these contributions is nothing short of extraordinary. Big Day of Giving underscores the potency of collective action, emphasizing that each contribution, irrespective of its size, is pivotal in effecting positive change within our communities.

The mechanics of Big Day of Giving are straightforward, facilitating participation from diverse individuals and organizations. It’s a day where generosity takes center stage, fostering a shared responsibility for addressing pressing societal challenges.

In recent years, the digital realm has amplified the impact of the Big Day of Giving. Online platforms provide accessible avenues for donors to explore various causes, learn about the work of nonprofits, and contribute seamlessly. The power of social media further propels this movement, enabling individuals to spread awareness, inspire others to participate, and celebrate the collective achievements of the day.

For many, participating in Big Day of Giving is not solely an act of philanthropy; it’s a way of strengthening the bonds within a community. It’s a day that exemplifies the belief that positive change can be driven by the combined efforts of neighbors, friends, colleagues, and strangers who share a common goal: to make the world a better place.

Community Spirit:

Big Day of Giving is more than just a financial endeavor; it’s a jubilation of community spirit and a testament to shared values. This remarkable day gathers volunteers, supporters, and advocates who unite to champion the causes that resonate deeply with them. It serves as a poignant reminder that when we come together as a community, we wield the collective power to profoundly impact the world.

It’s a day that transcends the mere exchange of financial contributions. It’s a day when individuals join forces to effect change, motivated by their shared beliefs and passions. Volunteers lend their time and energy to causes they care about, making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Big Day of Giving epitomizes the strength of community unity, emphasizing that our combined efforts can surmount challenges, illuminate hope, and instigate transformation. It reinforces the idea that, as a collective force, we can address pressing issues, support vital causes, and foster a brighter tomorrow.

How to Get Involved:

Numerous avenues exist for involvement for those who yearn to stand beside organizations like Student LunchBox on Big Day of Giving. The most direct route, naturally, is through financial contributions. It’s essential to recognize that even a modest donation can wield substantial influence when combined with the generosity of like-minded individuals. Every dollar contributed becomes a building block in fortifying the mission to combat food insecurity among college students and advocate for a hunger-free academic journey.

However, your support doesn’t solely hinge on monetary contributions. Volunteering your time and talents can be a priceless boon for nonprofits like Student LunchBox, aiding them in fulfilling their missions. Your skills, energy, and dedication can be the linchpin that bridges the gap between ambition and accomplishment. Whether lending a hand at distribution events, organizing awareness campaigns, or offering expertise in marketing or logistics, your active participation shapes the trajectory of impactful initiatives.

So, as Big Day of Giving approaches, consider how you can be part of the movement to drive positive change. Explore ways to contribute, whether through financial means or the gift of your time. Join us in embracing this annual celebration of generosity and community spirit, where collective actions propel noble causes forward. We reinforce the belief that our united efforts can surmount challenges, uplift lives, and kindle a brighter tomorrow.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. 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.