“I want to be somebody in the future and see that justice is done,” says Bintu Sallah, age 16, when describing why she dreams of becoming a lawyer. Both she and her cousin Omar, age 13, lost their biological families to the recent Ebola epidemic.

After leaving their homes in Kaila district, the two teenagers moved into a temporary foster home in Shamingo, where Ms. Jumanatu, the Kidsave Coordinator for the city of Bo met them. Ms. Jumanatu introduced Bintu and Omar to a local shopkeeper named Elizabeth, who immediately felt a connection to the two cousins. After spending some additional time with the children and many conversations with Ms.Jumanatu, Elizabeth decided to invite them to be a part of her family. Both Bintu and Omar gladly accepted her offer of a new permanent home; the new family has begun to build strong bonds over the past six months.

Elizabeth invested her Kidsave microloan into expanding her business. At first only able to purchase water to sell, she increased her inventory to include soap, batteries, milk, toothpaste, biscuits, and several different types of drinks.

While her business has grown and the Ebola epidemic is waning, times are not always easy for the new family. While showing off the new wares in her store, Elizabeth speaks of their daily life. “We manage,” she says. “The Kidsave program is helping.”

Kidsave is committed to helping the people of Sierra Leone rebuild family connections and provide orphaned African children with the opportunity to grow up in permanent families. We are hopeful this program will be the inspiration for more hosting programs that lead to permanent family care for orphans throughout Africa.

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For more information contact Kristoff Kohlhagen, Manager of Kidsave Sierra Leone, at kristoffk@kidsave.org or call him in DC at (202) 503-3100.