James and I have had a flurry of phone calls lately. I've sensed he was "holding back" and I pushed to find out what is going on.
In my conversation with James, he revealed to me the intense struggle of living in Sierra Leone and the rippling effect of the economy woes on an already horribly impoverished nation. He said things are worse from when we were there last, that people are desperate. Desperate people do desperate things. He says it is imperative that the wall around the compound be completed immediately. This is a deterrent for the rise in thieves, those looking to help themselves to the provisions within the compound. We continue to lack $700 to complete this task.
In order to supply the overwhelming demand of needs that must be met (people are hungry, sick, without shelter, children need education, etc) James is struggling. It breaks his heart when he can't help someone especially because of lack of funding and especially when its a child that is hungry. NHA well knows that it can't "fix it all" or even place bandages on some it. We can only do what we can do as a need arrises, one need at a time.
However, not posting, or hiding, the needs doesn't make them go away. Situations are presenting themselves that demand that awareness be made and shared by everyone everywhere. People need to know about the work that you are doing through NHA.
James is wearing tired, and it is more than time for us to return to Sierra Leone. Our own health issues need to be put aside and we need to go to James. Our teachers need to see us, our staff needs to see us and the students and parents of the NHA School need to see us. Therefore, we must begin to raise funding for a trip back to Sierra Leone as soon as possible. It is time. I ask that you dig into your pockets and find someway to give to make this a reality ...and that soon.
There are many children depending on us to bring supplies that can only come via "hand delivery" in our suitcases. Our infamous "Four Suitcases" Method.
There are those who are barely hanging on to life, waiting to see us one more time.
So without further delay, we must find our way back to Salone.
We ask for your prayers, passion and provision as we take this journey a little further. Thank you.