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SlumAid In Collaboration With We Yone Child Foundation Donate 40 Bicycles To Boost Education In Rural Karene Kamakwie.

For pupils, especially girls living in rural areas, class completion remains scarce with high dropout rates and consistently low enrollment in secondary school. Early pregnancy, gender-based violence, child marriage, and cultural biases propagate the cycle of gender inequality. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest adolescent pregnancy rates, a phenomenon that is largely responsible for the high dropout rate among girls. Girls in Sierra Leone often get married as early as age 11, and more than 60 percent of girls throughout the country are married before the age of 18. Early marriage further hinders these girls’ abilities to pursue an education and gain independence

We Yone Child Foundation

In Sierra Leone, rural communities in particular face significant barriers to education for their children: children spent about four to five miles walking on the road from their houses to the schools, by the time they arrived at their schools, they become tired and loses concentration in class. For some girls who can’t manage these challenges, they will end up giving their bodies, sex for Okada riders to take them to school, hereby killing their future.

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We Yone Child foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in Sierra Leone. They improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families in Sierra Leone through quality education and life empowering opportunities. After a recent survey, they conducted in Kamabonko village on parents and children on the challenges they face to access education. They complain of walking miles away to and from schools. They told the organization that they sometimes lose concentration due to fatigue after walking miles away to and from school, thereby lack the urge to study after school, thus leading to poor performance in class and attendance in school.

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We Yone Child Foundation and it Partner Slum Aid Donate 40 bicycles to children in rural areas

We Yone Child Foundation with its partner, Slum Aid came in to support the children by providing bicycles for the children. This, according to them is to ease the access to education and minimize the rate of children and young people engaging in sex for education.

Teaching them how to fix the bicycle

The founder and director of the organization, Mr. Santigie Bayoh encourages the children to use the bike right away and reminded them that it is a bicycle library project means that the bikes will be used by the first badge of children and later hand it over to the library after they complete their senior secondary school “ the need for this bicycle liberary project is to easy the access to edyucatio and improve on the grades of the students, over the years, we have heard of money complains by the pupils and their parents that they work miles away to go to school, and some of them end up giving their bodies for okada riders, so we are bringing this library in the school to ensure that we minimize the risk of teenage pregnancy and also increase the attendance in class” The founder told Salone Messenger

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Founder and Director Santigie Bayo Dumbuya handing over one of the bicycle to the beneficiary

 

The Chiefdom Speaker – Karene District Headquarter Kamakwie Mr. Momodu James (MJ) Kamara thank the foundation for the support. “I am very happy for this library project, on behalf of the Paramount Chief, and the entire chiefdom, we want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the organization and it partners for supporting these communities, they children are indeed in need of this as they are coming from far distance to schools” He said

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The Chiefdom Speaker – Karene District Headquarter Kamakwie Mr. Momodu James (MJ) Kamara

 

The chairperson of the event, Mr. Amara Shengbe who is the Education, Outreach Child & Protection Officer for the We yone foundation encourages the children to take good care of the bike and call on other organizations to think about supporting children living in these deprived rural communities.

“no child or parent have the right to hand over the bike to anyone, it is not your personal property  only the library have the mandate to hand over the bicycles to the other set of children after the current pupils’ graduates from schools, I am calling on more partners to join us in supporting these children as they are need of these bicycles.” He told Salone Messenger while stressing that the bicycles should be used for the intended purpose.

 

Mr. Ibrahim Sieh Tarawalie from the ministry of education, Kamakwei thank the foundation for supporting the communities and cited the support the foundation did in making the ministry office accessible for the disabled. “ I am so happy to witness this program today, indeed, this is not the first time the We Yone Child Foundation is supporting the rural communities and most especially vulnerable people, this foundation helped the ministry to ensure that it has access for disabled, he has been such good person into us, we want to thank the foundation for continuing to demonstrating their love and support”

Mr. Ibrahim Sieh Tarawalie from the ministry of education, Kamakwei

 

Beneficiaries after receiving the bicycles thank the foundation and talked about the challenges they had faced going to school.

“ I walk over 4 miles every day to go a school, I get tired to the point that when I return home, I am unable to study, I am happy and want to thank the foundation for supporting me with this bicycle,” one of the beneficiaries told Salone Messenger during an interview with her.

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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 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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