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The People of Kerkelahun and Ndambu: By Anthony Tamba

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Anthony Tamba is a volunteer correspondant for HBOA and is a frequent contributor. He went beyond the call of duty to bring us the following story. This simply shows his deep love and concern for the people of Africa.

Before going into the details of this story, I will first love to give thanks to God that created us all for giving me the strength and wisdom to write this story. My thanks also go out to the family of the Heart Beat of Africa for giving me the opportunity to share such a story with my African brothers and sisters around the world.

I initiated the interview by first introducing myself as a volunteer correspondent for The Heartbeat of Africa. Of course, the people knew nothing of the organization. This was not surprising since the people in this community do not have the bare necessities such as safe drinking water, bathrooms, and clinics. So, it is very unlikely that they would have access to things such as the internet.

To ease the difficulties they face, many youth are taking the initiative to help develop their surroundings, as well as Mama Liberia. The pictures below show hard working young men and women from a very remote area called Kerkelahun and Ndambu. The residents in these towns endure many difficulties and would greatly appreciate any offered assistance. One problem that residents encounter is that the area is not easily accessible via motor vehicle. Because of this, many of the residents needs are being neglected.

For this reason, the young men and women decided to abandon their farm works and began the difficult task of building a road so that the governmental organizations could have a way to deliver aide. Before they could start this project, they had a meeting that was represented with each community. Out of the thirty- three people that cited this meeting, ten of them were women and the rest were men. During the meeting, each individual was allowed to share their ideas concerning the development and execution of the project.

In the photo below you can noticed the dangerous state of the road.

During the road rehabilitation exercise for the smooth operation of the two community’s project, two hundreds and ten person from the two different communities were in attendances. Ninety one of the attendees were women, and one hundreds and nineteen were men.

After the meeting, I interviewed the leader of the group and town chief for Ndambu, Mr. John Korehene. Mr. Korehene said that I was the first person to come to their community and show an interest in learning about their hardship and to also share their story with the world at large. Because of this, I was told that I am now considered a part of their community and am welcomed there at any time. On a side note, to show their sincere appreciation for the attention given to their plight, I was given a chicken as a way of thanking me. They were truly appreciative.

Note: The organization that I traveled with provided the community with two gallons of gasoline to further their project by means of reconditioning their damaged bridge. So, you see that even a little can mean an awful lot. Two gallons of gasoline was very beneficial to the people in the communities.

In a short interview, many of them complained of the difficulties they are facing in the various towns. James Jallah, also known as young boy chief, a strong man that is leading the towns’ project stated: “My brother I am very happy to see people like you coming to see our problems and our needs. I am also happy that you are taking photos to show it to your organization telling them that we cannot get anything in our community because we don’t have a road. I will also take you to our time ndambu so that you can also see the suffering we are going through. There you will be very sad for us.”

In the same interview, Patrick Kollie also came in and said, “We the young people this is the time for us to work together and improve our lifestyle.” He further explained, “We all are tired of war.” He commented on an unknown people saying, “The people came and fooled us and give us gun to spoil our country and to kill our mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers all because our eyes were not open. Now that we know the right from wrong so no one will do such thing again.”

I was very happy to be with them for an hour because it took about three hours to drive from Voinjama where I stay to go and get this information. The young guys were very happy to share information about their communities with me and asked me to go there at any time if I want to get any other information.

The picture above is showing you our beautiful and hard working African women also contributing to help the men. I was very happy on this day to see the young men and women working together to reconnections of their road. These women you are seeing walk about 45 minutes to get these rocks to bring them to the site where the men are working. I actually was given a tough time because these women never wanted me to take any photo of them.

One of the women named Klubo said: “He wants to take our photo so that he can go and make money out of it. So we should not allow him to take our photos. This was at the time the rocks were on their head. But the two men standing before them, tried to explain to them that we had no such intention of selling their pictures. This is how they were convinced to allow me to take their picture.

After the women saw me taking this photo, they told me that they hope this photo that I took will encourage organizations, and as well as the government, to come to their aide. Also during this time I spoke with a girl named Sattah. Sattah stated, “We the women of the two towns will not sit and see our men and brothers work on something that will help us in our towns and bring good people to help. We are really suffering. In this place, market itself we don’t have it here. We have to walk for one hour to go to the market. And as the result, when our husband is hungry, before you come back from the village, he will lose all his power, or even die. So I want you to tell the people that sent you to please help us. We are in need!” She further explained, “Even if we are going to Voinjama, we have to walk to the market. And we have to pay a lot of money. All because the road is not good.”

This photo is showing the town of Ndambu. After asking them to take us to the town, one of them was asked to lead us. In the town, we were met by children who had written “Papa built us a toilet” on a sheet of paper. They also requested that we get them a good school, safe drinking water and a clinic to help them stay safe. I was very impressed to see the children walking along with us singing a song entitled PAPA BUILT US A TOILET. I took it to mean that they were tired of getting sick every day. How very sad.

While singing this song, I asked one of the community members to show me where their toilet is located. What he showed me was a communal toilet for the entire community. He shared with me that, this was one of the major problems that they must contend with. He went on to state that “The place I am taking you is not what you are expecting.” When we reached our destination, the below photo was what I saw as a toilet. So, I asked him twice, “Is this the toilet you are talking about?” He responded yes and said this is where the entire community can use.

The toilet below is not far from the community. I believe animals like chickens, dogs, goats and others animals that are in this town, go there to eat their waste material. These animals then return to the community and place their mouth on clean dishes and drink from their water supplies. I suspect that this is a contributor to high incidences of water borne diseases and cases of diarrhea. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that they have no clinic and must walk 1 to 2 hours to the nearest clinic. Perhaps this is why the children are tired of being sick.

And he also told us this is why they wrote on that paper to give it to the children. So that we, the visitors, can see their needs, and that we can assist them in finding a solution.

I also would like to request that those who are reading this story to kindly give a helping hand through our coming organization The Heartbeat of Africa. I ask that you contribute whatever you are able to give to the poor people in Africa.

There are many problems our people are facing, especially for those of us living in the rural areas. And it is these remote places in particular that have the most difficulty in receiving aide due to their location. After I left the toilet and went back into the town, I went to where the women were cooking. There I saw six girls going to get water for cooking, drinking, and to wash their dishes and clothes. The little creek where the girls went to get water is the same water that is used by all in the community for drinking, cooking, and washing. Also, remember that this is the same water that the animals have access to.

When we got to the water site, one of the girls told me, “This is our drinking water and this water is very cold and it is a running water so a doesn’t do anything to us.” In essence she was saying that the water could not make them sick because it is running water. But for God’s sake, this is not water that people need to drink because it is not safe at all.

The rock you are seeing is also where they stand to wash their clothes. This is also where they collect their drinking and cooking water. It is sad to see our people resorting to utilizing a little creek that runs between the swamps for washing clothes and for cooking and drinking. It is true that our African people are truly suffering. Therefore, we are asking all of our partners and everyone who is reading this article to do what you can to help those individuals.

To the family of the Heartbeat of Africa, we are calling on everybody in and around the world to please support us in establishing this organization in Liberia and all of Africa. As members of this organization, it is our responsibility to be a voice for the underprivileged. We must speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. As an organization, we will serve as the bridge between those willing to help and are uncertain of the process; and those most in need of the help.

The photo below shows the nearest clinic called Popalahun Clinic. This is where residents of the two towns must go in order to receive medical treatment. To get to Popalahun is about a 1 – 2 hours walk.

I actually visited the clinic and saw a lot of people seeking medical attention.
While observing the activity there, I noticed the dispenser writing on a paper and giving it to a female patient. I was very concerned with what was transpiring so I asked her what the dispenser gave her. She explained that it was a prescription for the drugs that she needed. She said that the facility did not have the drugs. She was told to go to Kolahun on a market day to purchase the needed medicine. It takes about an hour to get to Kolahun by car and two hours if one is walking.

Just imagine this woman is going to get drugs on a market day, which is Monday. So, while she may indeed be very ill, she must wait until Monday in order to purchase the needed drugs. In the meantime she must endure the illness. When Monday arrives she must find a way to make the journey to Kolahun. The prospect of such a long journey is daunting enough when one is well, it is even more so when one is ill. And to make matters worse, what if she cannot afford the trip or the drugs. Because of my concern for her, I gave her one hundred Liberian dollars for her to purchase the drugs.

Afterwards, I left to speak directly with the dispenser. I asked him how long the facility had it been since the facility had run out of the drugs? He told me that it had been about two weeks. He went on to say, “My brother, this is the major problem we are facing in this clinic. Sometimes when we run out of medicine and we inform the head office, they will always say that a supply is being shipped from the U.S. Is this what we will be waiting for? Our people are dying. I am not talking about myself, since five months ago I have not taken pay. But anyway, I am already inside. So, I can look at that and leave my people to die? Pay or no pay, or will help the people.” Again I asked, “When will the drugs come from the U.S. before our people get treated?” He said that he would know the day they call him for the drugs.

By this time it was getting late and so it was time for me to return home. Also, the people I traveled with were preparing to leave. So, this is how my day ended with my return to Voinjama to share this sad story. As I stated earlier, it is time for all of us to help our people. The people will be appreciative of any help that you can supply. It does not have to be money. It can be anything. As was demonstrated earlier, they were helped by receiving two gallons of gasoline. Whatever you can contribute would be helpful.

Before closing, on behave of The Heartbeat of Africa, I would love to recommend to those that are willing to help the poor people in Africa, to kindly support our organization The Heartbeat of Africa. When you help the organization, they will, in turn, assist those most in need. You will then see the kind of positive change that is possible when we all work together. We can change lives for the better.

For the Heartbeat of Africa, I am Anthony Tamba – Volunteer Correspondent
Best Regards.

Fund Raiser & Clothing Drive Update

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

First I would like to say that HBOA had its firs fund raiser and it was a relative success. Would would like to thank all of those who attended and especially those who contributed. We will be adding their names and contribution to our permanent Donor page.

We would also like to mention that we are still in the process of collecting clothes and money for our first clothing drive. So far we have received a pledge for $100 dollars and several people have promised to donate clothing. Because of the less than optimal response we will be delaying the clothing drive until the middle of April. At that time we will be having go forward with the drive with whatever donation we have at that time.

So, we are still asking that all of those who would like to contribute to this cause please do so. You can find all of our contact information on our Contact Us Page.

What Africa Needs: By Correspondent Collins Carr

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!! The Heartbeat of Africa Family would like to wish Treacy M. Wenyu a very happy 6th birthday. We pray that she will have many more special days and that this day is all that she dreams it to be. Happy Birthday Treacy!!!!!!! - News Announcement: The Heartbeat of Africa has received its first donation for the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". - We would like to thank our latest donor Stacy Wells for donating clothes to the LET LIBERIA SMILE AGAIN CLOTHING DRIVE. THANK YOU MS. WELLS!!!!!!! - Marvina Toweh of Batavia Illinois has donated $50.00 towards the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". Thank you Mrs. Toweh.

 

Many African culture as define the way of our civilization among African states. We have to find a better means of getting away from the aspects of African culture which drives our people into poverty. I am simply saying this because some parts of African culture has carry our people crazy and led them into poverty. Actually, many people sometime think the best way to live in Africa is to accept their living standards and African culture which is in no way comparable to our modern society.

Africa has to wake up from her sleep and to discover what is the best way to a more modern society. We have to study and discover why Africa is still so impoverished. This has left many crying and pondering why Africa can not elevate herself out of her overwhelming poverty. Yes together and in conjunction with members of theheartbeatofafrica we can find common solution to this problem. In order to find the effective solutions for the poverty we face today, we must simultaneously look back at the past and forward towards the future.

I believe that one reason for our predicament is that we have failed to dettach from certain third world cultural traditions. Research shows that social and economic indicators of development, such as output growth, health, and literacy, have shown persistently weak performance in black Africa. For example, black Africa’s rate of growth of GDP per capita for the two periods, 1965-1987 and 1980-1988, were 0.6 and -2.5. For Asia, these were 4.0 and 5.5, while those for Latin America and the Caribbean were 2.1 and-0.6 . While all other regions of the Third World advanced, black Africa retrogressed.

The exceptions to the general economic atrophy in black Africa have been few. Botswana continues to serve as a shining black success story, followed by Mauritius and Cameroon while Senegal struggles to keep its head above water. In the early 1980s, Ivory Coast and Kenya were members of this select club, but now suffer from serious economic crises. The worst performers have been Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia – all of which are characterized by civilian or military dictatorships.

Worse than at Independence many of our leaderss in the south region are making our countries so poor that we can not move on with our development. We cry for development, but corruption has taken over our people. Africa wake up! South regions wake up!

The HeartBeat Of Africa Family

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!! The Heartbeat of Africa Family would like to wish Treacy M. Wenyu a very happy 6th birthday. We pray that she will have many more special days and that this day is all that she dreams it to be. Happy Birthday Treacy!!!!!!! - News Announcement: The Heartbeat of Africa has received its first donation for the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". - We would like to thank our latest donor Stacy Wells for donating clothes to the LET LIBERIA SMILE AGAIN CLOTHING DRIVE. THANK YOU MS. WELLS!!!!!!! - Marvina Toweh of Batavia Illinois has donated $50.00 towards the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". Thank you Mrs. Toweh.

The Heartbeat of Africa is an up and coming charitable organization. And as such, we would like for our partners to have a visual idea of (Some) of those who make up this beautiful organization:

 

Let Liberia Smile Again Clothing Drive

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!! The Heartbeat of Africa Family would like to wish Treacy M. Wenyu a very happy 6th birthday. We pray that she will have many more special days and that this day is all that she dreams it to be. Happy Birthday Treacy!!!!!!! - News Announcement: The Heartbeat of Africa has received its first donation for the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". - We would like to thank our latest donor Stacy Wells for donating clothes to the LET LIBERIA SMILE AGAIN CLOTHING DRIVE. THANK YOU MS. WELLS!!!!!!! - Marvina Toweh of Batavia Illinois has donated $50.00 towards the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". Thank you Mrs. Toweh.

YouTube Preview ImageGreeting to The Heartbeat of Africa family. After watching the video, can you imagine the pain that these children/adults must endure. Not only are they in pain, many do not have a comfortable place to suffer. It must be near unbearable. Yet, they endure because they have no choice. They are in pain for days until there is no more pain. The most tragic aspect of their plight is that they are suffering simply because they have no food. That concept is difficult for many westerners to understand.

We at the Heartbeat of Africa (HOA) have decided to step up to the plate and do what we can to eliminate some of this suffering. We are in the process of planning our first two charitable events and we would like for you to be a part of it. Our first event will be a clothing drive for the People of Liberia entitled “Let Liberia Smile Again” and our second event will be entitled “Skip a Meal For Africa”. We will speak more about the food program in a later post.

In our first event (The Let Liberia Smile Again Clothing Drive) we will be gathering clothes to redistribute to the people of Liberia. As you may know, this country has undergone severe hardships in recent years. The worst being their 14 year civil war.
One consequence of the civil war was the destruction of Liberia’s econonmic structure. This has resulted in unemployment rates in Liberia as high as 85%, with 80% of the population living at or below that country’s poverty level. In 2010 Liberia had a Per Capita income of $500. This means that many families were surving on $1.36 per day.

In additiont to the economic hardship, many of its residents continue to experience psychological distresses such as depression, drug addiction, and post traumatic stress syndrome as a direct consequence of their civil war experience. These symptoms are further exaggerated by their dire economic circumstances. These life events has left many Liberians striving for a better life yet having no way of funding it. The result is a nation of people with no place to turn, no jobs, no prospects and little hope for a better life. However, it does not have to remain this way. Because, the people of Liberia should be able to look to family for support. Because, we are or should be our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers. Isaiah 58: 7-12 speaks to this:

It is speaking of the purpose of the fast.

7. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

8. Then shalt thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.

9. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.

10. And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

11. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

12. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The Repairer of the breach. The restorer of paths to dwell in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, what I considered the saddest image of all. We do not know if help came too late for this child, but we do know that by acting now we can save countless lives that are on the brink of the dark eternal abyss.

In the clothing drive, we are in need of individuals who are willing to buy or donate new or gently used clothing. We also need donations to assist in the cost of shipping these items. We are partnering with a church in Liberia for this particular clothing drive. We will be giving out specific information on January 17th on where to send your clothing or monetary donations. So, be sure to check back here on that date. In the mean time you may call 1(866) 417-4650 ext. 1, or email this site at: listen@thehearbeatofafrica.com for additional information.

So, as you can see, we need to be our brothers’ keepers. To end things on a lighter note, we have also included the following video so that we can have a balanced view of the people and nations of Africa. Although there is much suffering on the continent of Africa, we must remember that Africa is also a place of beauty.

 

 

 

HBOA: First Fund Raiser

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!! The Heartbeat of Africa Family would like to wish Treacy M. Wenyu a very happy 6th birthday. We pray that she will have many more special days and that this day is all that she dreams it to be. Happy Birthday Treacy!!!!!!! - News Announcement: The Heartbeat of Africa has received its first donation for the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". - We would like to thank our latest donor Stacy Wells for donating clothes to the LET LIBERIA SMILE AGAIN CLOTHING DRIVE. THANK YOU MS. WELLS!!!!!!! - Marvina Toweh of Batavia Illinois has donated $50.00 towards the "Let Liberia Smile Again: Clothing Drive". Thank you Mrs. Toweh.

The Heartbeat of Africa (HBOA) is a humanitarian organization which is non-political and non-profit. The sole purpose of the organization is to provide much needed services to the underpriviledged. Its goal is to assist those with the greatest needs and in the process provide greater opportunites and a better future for these individuals and communities.

To further this agenda (HBOA) will be having a special program and will be holding its first fund raising rally on February 11, 2012 at 3p.m.at:
The New Georgia Gulf Community Sports Patch.

The purpose of the fund raiser is to raise funds that will be utilized to establish branches of the organization throughout the country. So, if you are in Liberia or have plans to visit, we ask that you take the time out to attend the event.

If you have any questions you may send them to:
listen@theheartbeatofafrica.com
Or you may call Emmanuel Wenyu at:
231880668111
you can call our toll free number:
1(866) 417-4650.

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