Googled us lately?

Articles Francophones . Djibouti . Mama Ethiopie

Outside the Box
UN World Urban Forum.
Globe 2008 - Cities
Benefits of Civic Tourism .

Great Causes
Africare History
World Water Day
Sierra Leone Film
Africare Online
Africare and TB
Points of Light
Sierra Leone Fund
Diabetes Hypertension Help
Genesis Initiative
Global Volunteers
Page 1 . Page 2
Computer Recycling
Free the Children
Homeless People
IIPT - Peace Parks
Jane Goodall Institute
Miracle Corners
Peace Parks
Peace Ethiopia
Peace Dividends
Peace Photos
Peaceful Traveler
Travel for Handicapped

Africa at the UN World
Urban Forum
Gateways to Tourism
Africa's Cities
Africa's Mayors
Who's Who?
Africans On Video
Sister Cities
Grass Roots
Famine Relief
Photos 1/ Photos 2
Photos 3 / Photos 4

Trade Services A-M
Trade Services N-Z
African Countries
African Embassies
Hotels and Resorts

Coming Soon!
Radio Interview Show
on this same topic


Going Beyond "Blood Diamond", Sierra Leonean Expatriates Help The Nation Of Their Birth

Washington, D.C. - December 11, 2006 &endash;  Amidst all the buzz circulating over the Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou movie "Blood Diamond" set in Sierra Leone, expatriates from Sierra Leone are maximizing on the increased attention to their country to do their own part to help their native land. The Sierra Leone Fund will launch its fundraising and awareness campaign this Thursday, December 14th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Africare House in Washington DC.  Members of the international giving and awareness community, dignitaries and celebrities will dine on authentic Sierra Leonean cuisine in an atmosphere for networking and discussing the Fund's mission.  The Fund has invited, but has not confirmed attendance of "Blood Diamond"'s Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly; Sierra Leone activist Michael Douglas; and Grey's Anatomy's Isaiah Washington who recently discovered his maternal ancestors are from Sierra Leone and has been raising money to build a hospital in Sierra Leone. Representatives from Isaiah Washington's nonprofit will attend the event.  As will, Sorious Samura, the consultant to Warner Brothers and director Ed Zwick on "Blood Diamond"; Goodwill ambassador to the Fund WJLA /ABC reporter Sam Ford; and the ambassador from Sierra Leone to the United States.

Founders of the Fund, Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt and Nanatu Scott, two professional women (and moms), decided that rather than idly wait for others to assist their war-torn native country, they ought to step to the plate and begin initiatives themselves.  The Sierra Leone Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The organization undertakes philanthropic efforts to aid Sierra Leonean children.  Presently, the Fund has gathered school supplies that will be delivered to Sierra Leone in December 2006.  During the forthcoming delivery mission, the Fund intends to conduct research and assess future projects which include a well- and latrine- building campaign and an operation to deliver dump trucks and other sanitation equipment.  "The Fund is interested in more than just distributing consumable supplies to the poor in Sierra Leone," said co-founder Nanatu Scott, "We are working to help the poor help themselves with long-term sustainable projects.  Future plans to donate farming equipment and support training programs will assist with this effort."

Blood Diamond  depicts a fictionalized story set in 1999 during the horrific terror-filled 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone fueled by an illicit diamond trade.  The Sierra Leone Fund is hoping that the awareness and empathy the film evokes are converted to positive reaction for change.  While Sierra Leone is currently rebuilding itself, the Sierra Leone Fund is looking to focus the debate away from the topic of "conflict diamonds." The Fund would like the debate to shift to economic development and long term sustainable growth for the country. " Sierra Leone is a small country with a very fragile economy that is experiencing a renaissance of post-war reconstruction.  It is finally beginning to engage the international investment and trade community to assist in this rebuilding campaign," says Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt, co-founder of the Sierra Leone Fund and a native Sierra Leonean.  "In poor countries where economic opportunities and options for viability are slim, there is a lure to exploit natural materials and the potential for explosive reaction to a depressed state always looms overhead. Key to eliminating such conditions that create blood diamonds is hope for economic stability. People must not underestimate the importance of being able to feed one's family and not rely on aid and assistance from outside sources.  These are the themes that should be debated."

Guests attending the event will also have an opportunity to view a ten minute presentation of  " Sierra Leone: Open for Business."  A promotional video created by the United Kingdom Department for international Development will be presented by the Sierra Leone Network, an umbrella organization that aims to collaborate with businesses, charities, social and philanthropic organizations to facilitate development and, investment, including tourism and trade in Sierra Leone.  

The Sierra Leone Fund extends an invitation to members of media organizations to meet emerging and innovative Sierra Leoneans and others dedicated to rebuilding their country and securing a future for their children on Thursday, December 14th at Africare House  at 440 R Street, NW, Washington, DC from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  

Contact: Fatima Fofana at Press@sierraleonefund.org

Phone: 301-476-4530