St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Barrka Village

Blog Post written by James Mansaray, Kabala Sierra Leone 

After a long day of work around the NHA Compound, and assisting at the NHA School, and since Kadijah, Baby Vicki and ROO decided to spend time with her family, 
©2012 NHA, All Rights Reserved   Monkeys are not the friendly pets you see in America, they are fierce and to be feared. 
I decided to skip out and visit the gold fields around Kabala for the first time. 
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Here a seventeen old boy lost his life and was buried with falling dirt 
©2012 NHA, All Rights Reserved  Gold Fields by Barrka Village
but his colleagues cant stop finding the hidden treasure that enables them to fight the severe poverty. 
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 For them it seems a chance to be able to provide for their families. 
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The first thing they asked me for is Pain tabs (Advil) as they continue their hard labor. 
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Women and children patiently wait to see what the end of the day will bring them.    
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A hard days work brings very little results, but they keep at it - day after day. 
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Here in Barrka village people have nothing, I mean they really have very little to keep life going.   
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I will return to visit them from time to time and bring them much needed medication and supplies 
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thanks to the supporters of NHA that will make this possible. 
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Its such a rough road so we used a motor bike.  
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I'm always happy to add new friends to the NHA Family 
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and now we have another village - Barrka Village.  
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Please pray for them. 

©2012 NHA, All Rights Reserved   Child eating deer jerky from Kentucky 
 I had just received some deer jerkey
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 from Denny and Joanie Markwell of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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and I was pleased to be able to share some with the children.   

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Its always a struggle here and there are so many needs.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support - everything - every gift - large or small makes a difference.   

Oh, yes, I know you pray for my family and the work here.  Please keep special prayers for Lucy, my eldest daughter, as she is away from us in boarding school in Freetown.   Thank you.