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Where your gifts go….

We have no paid US staff, and volunteers raise money to pay their own way to and from Sierra Leone.  

We use money for the following things:  

  • Teaching aids
  • Grants for the women we train
  • Salaries for our Sierra Leonean staff
  • Food, travel, and housing for the teams while teaching 
  • The costs of operating legally and effectively:  Government fees, telephone, this website, etc.  

More about Teaching Aids

Remember the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words?"  When teaching, a picture is worth a thousand words.  A model is worth ten thousand words.  A simulator is worth one hundred thousand words!  

We teach many subjects, and need a variety of visual aids.  

  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • Fetal development     
  • Labor and delivery                           
  • Newborn care                                  
  • Nutrition    

Charts and models deteriorate in the high humidity.  The lamination on the charts peels apart and the paper molds.  The flannel grams we use to teach nutrition get matted and dingy.  

A full set of simulators, models, and charts costs about $1,500.  Each year we spend about $300 to update and replace them.  

We need four sets of visual aids so we can train in different areas of the country.  We have only one set currently.

A Word about Team Support

We teach.  We don't provide a lot of stuff we must continually replenish.  So our costs are mostly for caring for the team -- feeding, housing, transporting.  

To get to a rural village with our team, visual aids, and equipment requires us to rent a strong vehicle.  The roads are awful, so we tear holes in tires, break tie rods, bend running boards, etc. 

The per diem to feed, transport, and house one volunteer is about $20.  This provides nutritious meals, safe water, and housing.  

And, the Ubiquitous Overhead :-(

Overhead is a dirty word to those who are inexperienced with running a non-profit agency or other business! 

Overhead refers to salaries, government fees, phone charges, internet access, and so on - the tedious stuff we must have and do to get the work done.  The Government of Sierra Leone requires us to have an office, certain furniture, signs, etc.  Without “overhead” we have to close our doors. Thank you for understanding. 

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