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I know I can do it

Living my life the way I do now is one thing I have always called a blessing, a divine intervention and the will of God. Because of the society in which I find myself, the decadence that it is engulfed with and the vulnerability of the children and women, I have always nurtured this vision of bettering the lives of the children in my community and making the world a better place where they could live.
I am the fourth child of a single-parent-family with five kids. 21 years ago my father died leaving a 28 years old girl with five kids to take care of. She struggled; sought for help from family members and in-laws; did all sorts of menial jobs to see her children through school but it’s like her best was just not enough. Remarriage? Of course she was young enough for that, but what man will marry a widow with five children aged 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12? I have not seen that type of love here where I live. I was the fortunate one of all her five kids to have been spotted by a neighbor who thought I will be a waste sitting at home, not going to school. Though she could not personally help financially, she tried by linking my mother with one NGO which supported me through primary education through their child sponsorship program. This was short lived with the advent of the civil war in Sierra Leone which led to the halt of the operations of all NGOs in the country. That led to the rebirth of a stronger obstacle in my journey.
While it is widely believed that some people benefited from the civil war in Sierra Leone, for others (like us) it was a dark night turned into nightmare. It was like adding sorrows to injuries. So many people, especially, children died and for some of us who stayed alive, it came to a point where we began to wish we had followed. When it was time for me to go back to school, it was not easy. At the age of 13, I had to start dating men who could render financial assistance to my family and I, I had to go out in the streets selling, just to help my mother out with the family responsibilities and with our education. One may want to ask why it has to be only me helping out at home, when I had earlier mention that I am 4th of five children. The first, (a girl) was by then staying with a relative who had promised sending her to school. The second, (a boy) who had been abducted by the rebels, we were not sure we will see again and the third and fifth were suffering from sickle cell which is believed claimed our father’s life. So, I was the healthiest and only help my mother could get at the moment.
As a result of what I have undergone in life, culminated with what I see around, I have always developed this vision of helping, in my own way the underprivileged children in my society and give hope to those whose hope the society has stolen away. I don’t wish to see any child suffer hardship and societal neglect in my community.
I want to be a voices of our future correspondent because I believe this vision of mine cannot be achieved singlehandedly. I believe it could be achieved with the help of the members of this community. Yes I may get their stories, views and news, but how far can I go with them alone? I know if these are shared as a voices of our future correspondent, the feedbacks, responses and contributions I may receive back will go a long way.

Comments

gingerhooper's picture

thank you Jammie

I have been to, and have many friends in, the beautiful but difficult Sierra Leone. I have seen much of what the war brought to just one town but as an outsider can never really understand the hurt caused. Your words are beautiful and they reflect both the pain but also the hope in your country. You and your mother sound like strong and brave women and I encourage you to keep going. You are not alone.
Thank you for being you
Laura

Maggs's picture

Your mum is a strong woman

Your mum is a strong woman and so are you. The women of the world and their children bear the brunt of hardship when all this go wrong but by nature we are fighters and sharing your story is one way of fighting.

maggs

Jammie Victory Abdulai's picture

thanks sisters

thanks a lot sisters for your comments. sounds encouraging. Lots of love

Katharina's picture

Thanks!

Dear Jammie,
Your story is so powerful! I admire you for your strength. I cannot imagine what you and your family have been through, but I feel honored having the chance to read what you wrote. I'm very touched by it and I hope that I'll be able to read more. Though I don't know you personally, I feel that you are a great role model for other girls and women in your community. Looking forward to reading more from you!
All the best,
Katharina

Hi Jammie,
Thank you so much for sharing your pain. For most of us this is unbelievable.
I saw a film at the UN which featured what the children were and are going through in Sierra Leone.
People need to know, or else they could not even begin to imagine anything like that is even possible.
My heart goes out to you.
Your courage is unbelievable, and an inspiration to all.
love,
joya

cmphung's picture

Thank you

Dear Jammie,
Thank you for sharing your story of strength to overcome such obstacles and using that to fuel your commitment to make a change. It is admirable.

Charlene Phung MPH

Anne D.'s picture

You can do it

Hi Jammie,
It’s clear what an incredibly strong person you are. Your desire to change your community and help underprivileged children really comes through. Thanks for sharing your story and I look forward to reading more from you.

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