S: Sierra Leone October 2011- January 2012
FC: Sierra Leone October 2011-January 2012
1: Arriving in Freetown with the Greatest Goal Ministries team
2: Clinic work with the GGM team
3: This heartbreaking statistic has prompted the government to pass laws that allow free health care for children under 5 and lactating mothers. Sadly however, most hospitals are either overrun by corruption or have no medication or supplies to provide care. The GGM clinic is one of very few that provides truly free health care. | In Sierra Leone 1 in 5 children die before reaching the age of 5.
4: Phillip and Mr. Kparka on circumcision day, ready to see patients. | Aaron with some of the children at the clinic.
5: Many people travel for hours and wait all day long to be seen at the GGM clinic. | A mid-appointment nap.
6: 4+ Malaria. It was 3 days and hundreds of slides in before I saw a negative blood smear for malaria. | Lizzy (the daughter of Victor and Musu, 2 of GGM's employees) often kept me company in the lab. | Dr. Pam, Lydia and Shaw enjoying a drink from the clinic pump after it was tested and confirmed to be clean.
7: The GGM amputee football team | Bono, one of the GGM players, with his son Samuel.
8: Exploring life in Freetown around the clinic.
9: From the Krio language: brooking- verb the act of washing clothing or cloth by hand, typically in a stream or on the road side. A washboard is often used, however stones or the hard ground may be used in place of one. Once clean the cloth is then hung to dry outside in the breeze.
10: Maria and my adventure to the village of Charlotte and Charlotte falls.
12: Views from my balcony on Aberdeen beach.
13: Lumley beach with Fatima. | Umaru and I at Baw Baw beach. | John Obey beach.
14: Haja and Mohamed with their son Sahid at his naming ceremony.
15: Holiday in Freetown. One of the devils in a parade that had thousands of people walking, dancing and celebrating in the streets. With no set route these parades go on for hours as it makes its way across the city and back.
16: A typical road in Freetown. okada- noun, a motorcycle taxi used in Sierra Leone, the quickest and most dangerous way to get around. Drivers are known to be incredibly reckless, however many places are only reachable by okada. This okada driver stopped to see if I'd like to buy this monkey he had found in the bush.
17: Visiting several amputee camps in Bo and Kenema. The destruction and terror left from the war is still so apparent even today, 10 years post war. A Norwegian NGO, Friends of Norway, has worked to build close to 2,000 homes for war victims.
18: Hiking and fishing with tribe members from tribe Wanted at John Obey.
19: Charcoal is a necessity for life in Sierra Leone, used for cooking and ironing. All clothing and bedding must be ironed due to the Tumbu fly. When cloth is hung to dry this fly can lay its eggs in it. Then with skin contact the eggs hatch and burrow into your skin. | Charcoal and produce being sold on the side of the road.
20: Football on river #2 beach with Alieu and Umaru.
21: Aberdeen beach with friends from GGM.
22: Project Peanut Butter a program designed to treat severe acute malnutrition in children 6 months to 5 years of age. | "Bohboh" and I at the feeding clinic in Kissy
23: Johanna checking for edema in severely malnourished children.
24: My Dad with older siblings of children in the feeding program. | Fetching water at the well outside the clinic in the village of Taiama.
25: Mothers feeding their children BenniMix, a formula used to treat moderately malnourished children. Once graduated from project peanut butter many children continue treatment with this program. | A healthy graduate of project peanut butter.
26: Johanna with twins at the feeding clinic in Kissy.
27: Lahai with one of the children at the clinic in Njala.
30: Lizzy and Koroma.
31: Morlai, Mom, Jerry, Johanna, Me and Saffiatu at Lumley beach. | Leicester peak with Alieu on New Years day.
32: Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" - Dexter Kozen | Eleanor with her beautiful baby girl, Bethany Maria. | Alieu with baby Bethany.
33: Baby Bethany Maria, born December 12, 2011
34: Phillip, Musu, Me, Patricia and Milton at the GGM clinic | Lahai, Alieu and I at the National Stadium for New Years.
35: Alieu, Mom and I in PZed, an area known for its many street vendors. | The cotton tree, Sierra Leones most famous historical landmark. According to legend this is where much of the slave trade occurred. | Downtown Freetown
36: Patricia and I. | Joseph Pelton and I. | Johanna with children in the village of Taiama.
37: Kids having breakfast on the street in Reagent. | Johanna, Rogers and I waiting at the pelican.