Sierra Leone (Day 4)
Trip Start Sep 28, 2007
20Trip End Oct 12, 2007
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This is a very brief description of a very long and tiring but fruitful day. We started off with visits to the departments of social welfare and child protection and then on to education, science and technology. The big score here was the discovery that the government has automatic acceptance for free tuition and room to the SL University for disabled individuals as long as they can meet the financial requirements for ancillaries such as books, room deposit, student union fees etc. This means that any of the amputees that have completed highschool are eiligible as long as we can arrange funding for the other costs. This is a hugh advance in the programs that we are developing as many of the displaced amputees will qualify for this free tuition program. We have copies of the application forms and are in the process of identifying those who may be interested
We had a tour of the main government hospital but were unable to complete our planned meeting with the head surgeon - will meet him on Friday. We are trying to arrange for this physician to consider performing an operation on a friend of one of the soccer players who has a sarcoma of his left leg and also to evaluate the daughter of one of the GGM staff who has a deformity of her left arm due to a childhood accident which was never reset properly. So much to do. The day concluded with a taped radio intervew of the activities of GGM-SL and the GGM-USA so we will get wide spread coverage on at least two broadcast shows.
We then were stuck in traffic for about 3 hours trying to make our way back to the GGM office for a board-meeting dinner and concluded with writing a formal letter of proposal to the department of Land Development to obtain 2-3 acres in west Freetown to build a new GGM mission building for future growth. We were encouraged to submit this proposal after our meeting with the Secretary of this department. Doors are opening everywhere!! We went to be around 1AM exhausted but relived at the tremendous progress. Stay tuned...JP