Salone Enabling and Empowering Development (SEED), Inc. is a not for profit corporation dedicated to enabling and empowering the rural poor of Sierra Leone, especially the most vulnerable groups, with the aim of achieving an improved standard of living by working in partnership with local groups to create community initiatives for transformative actions.
CITA International (dba SEED) is a registered International Non Government Organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone doing business as SEED, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) Corporation in the United States.
SEED began as a first response to the people's need for healthcare in the Koinadugu District, the largest and poorest district in Sierra Leone. By the end of the war, there was not a single functioning hospital in the district. NarSarah Clinic began as a temporary part time clinic in 2004 with two staff members, Peacemaker and Finah, volunteering their time. The NarSarah Clinic officially opened in 2005 to meet the region's healthcare needs. Since then, the Clinic under SEED has rapidly expanded to support other local initiatives in education, and agriculture, and continues to provide humanitarian relief aid to help those most in need.
NarSarah Clinic has moved from emergency care during the war to maternity care in the immediate post-war period, and to total health care, sustainable peace building, and community development at this period in the transition process. Today, SEED serves over 4,500 people each year, and the original NarSarah Clinic remains the core of the organization's programs. The NarSarah Clinic is working to:
Reduce infant and maternal mortality
Improve health and nutrition
Empower Women Against Poverty (WAP) group
Create self-sustaining programs
Support HIVAIDS education programs
Promote rebuilding and reconciliation
The community initiatives that SEED International supports are helping to transform the district from the place of suffering it was after the war to a place of hope, progress, and development. In the coming years, SEED hopes to connect with other communities in Sierra Leone to bring transformative action through local, grassroots efforts and vision.
April 14, 2011
A Letter of Support for NarSarah Clinic
I am writing to offer my strong support for the work of NarSarah Clinic in Kabala, Sierra Leone.
The Foundation for West Africa (FWA) has invested in NarSarah's growth by contributing three motorcycles for clinic nurses, and supporting solar electrification and installation of water delivery system to the Clinic.
NarSarah Clinic provides essential medical care for thousands of families in Kabala town and Koinadugu District, in the remote, northern region of Sierra Leone. For the communities it serves, Nar Sarah is the 'go to' place for medical evaluation, treatment and education. The staff is beloved in their community because of their track record and their respect for patients.
I have first hand experience in Sierra Leone and with the clinic, including yearly visits over the past six years. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Sierra Leone, 1985-87) and a frequent visitor, it is easy to see the impact of NarSarah on the community.
In addition to direct medical care, NarSarah nurses strive to educate communities on preventative, maternal and other health care issues. They take to the airwaves of the community-owned Radio Bintumani, 94.1 FM in Kabala, with health education programs
NarSarah also serves as an engine for community development and growth. They have forged partnerships with women's groups and farmers to produce cloth and agricultural products for sale, with proceeds shared by the producers and the clinic. This is a fundamentally sound approach to sustainability for the clinic and the community.
The successful growth of NarSarah Clinic is a model for other communities and organizations in Sierra Leone and the West Africa region. It the initiative of local residents who have strived to meet an important basic need, and then mobilized an effective board of directors to strategic, sound governance, and fundraising support.
I can attest to the vision, commitment, and accomplishments of its founder and director, Dorcas Kamanda, who I have known since 2005. When her hometown was traumatized by war and left with no health care services and deep poverty. Dorcas took effective action and energized others to do the same. The result is a locally run clinic that prevents and treats sickness, strengthens the community it serves, and builds hope.
President & Founder
FWA 219 Washington Road Barrington, RI 02806 401.289.0273 www.tfwa.org
March 24, 2011
Letter of support for the NarSarah Clinic
RE: CITA International Grant Request
Project: NarSarah Clinic, Kabala, Sierra Leone
My wife Judy and I have been honored to be a part of the UMC Rocky Mountain Conference Operation Classroom teams under the leadership of Les and Hope Law. We have traveled to Sierra Leone during the summers of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 in order to work on Operation Classroom projects [http:www.hope4salone.org]. We are retired educators with a past history of teaching in Sierra Leone.
As part of our work we have visited the Nar Sarah Clinic in Kabala. Dorcas [Kargbo] Kamanda, a former student of ours at Harford School in Moyamba, Sierra Leone in the mid 1960's, along with her brother and sister support and staff the clinic. Since our first visit in 2005 the clinic has made amazing progress. [http:www.hope4salone.orgontheroad.html#clinic]
My first memory of the clinic still stands out. Women and their children who walked half a day in order to receive treatment arrived only to find that suppliesmedicines had been exhausted. That memory has helped motivate our support of Nar Sarah. Despite the difficulty in getting supplies and financial help the clinic has continued to grow and is an important part of the Kabala community.
My wife and I have contributed to the clinic both financially and with supplies. We have seen the results and know that each dollar contributed goes to the clinic operation. When people and organizations donate to projects in far off places they have a right to know if their funds are actually used in a positive manner to help the people who need it most. In four consecutive trips to the Kabala Clinic from 2005-2008 my wife and I saw in person how funds were used to promote the health and education of local people.
Each year that we have visited the clinic [2005-2008] we have seen improvement in the services offered. The construction of two buildings since 2005 that serve people who come to the clinic for medical help are impressive reminders of the dedication of Dorcas, her brother Peacemaker and sister Fina who work to improve the lives of people in their community. We are confident that a grant would be put to good use to support the clinic Nar Sarah in Kabala.
Dave Figi: Peace Corps Sierra Leone 1965-67
Judy Figi: Peace Corps Sierra Leone 1964-66
714 Sussex Dr
Janesville, WI 53546-1816
608 754 0125
March 25, 2011
Dear Sir or Madam,
Before I share my reflections on Nar Sarah Clinic, I would like to thank you for considering their immensely valuable work. I observed the impact of the clinic first-hand, while working there for a year between the summer of 2008 and 2009. After graduating from Brown University, with two grants in hand, I moved to the headquarter-town of the clinic: Kabala, Sierra Leone. There, I worked closely with the director to promote the clinic's community development projects. I was floored by how meaningful Nar Sarah has become to thousands of people, saving lives in a largely forgotten region of the world.
During my very first week in the clinic, a woman gave birth in my arms. Her story stays with me. A hardworking farmer and mother of four, she could not afford the fees for a bed at the government hospital. Having already lost three children to third world illnesses, the woman wanted a safe place to bring her baby into the world. Nar Sarah gave that to her, saving her from dangerous local alternatives that contribute to Sierra Leone's extreme rates of maternal mortality. Nar Sarah Clinic fills that gap for thousands of people, offering trained medical staff and sound treatment at rates more affordable than those at any government hospitals or for-profit clinics.
All of the staff care deeply care for their patients and are on-call twenty-four hours a day, assisting with late-night child births and treating a variety of maladies, from malnutrition and malaria to deadly diarrheal diseases. Moreover, the staff educate their patients and their communities, sharing critical health advice on the radio and reaching families who live in a world beyond television and free public education. Over the course of the year, as I watched patients stream through the clinic, I saw thousands of people recover from daunting illnesses and receive a new chance at life, not only for themselves, but also for the children and communities connected to them.
Finally, and significantly, Nar Sarah Clinic is not only effective but also efficient. Beyond providing uniquely high-quality, low-cost service, the clinic strives to ensure that its daily operations are self-sustaining. While committed donors have provided the initial capital - a well-equipped clinic with clean, running water and solar power - the daily revenue from minor service fees and medication sales covers the day-to-day expenses. Nar Sarah Clinic multiplies the value of every gift it receives. With key, foundational investments, Nar Sarah Clinic will restore thousands more lives and continue to breathe health into one of the poorest, and most beautiful, regions of the world.
Thank you so much for considering the work of the Nar Sarah Clinic, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.