We are gearing up for our next trip in May and we need your help! This Thursday we’ll be at the Lindon Walmart so bring your buddies and all your family because we’re going to need their help too. How it works: When you arrive at the Lindon Walmart we’ll hand you the flyer with the included shopping list of needed items (see it below), purchase what you can, and then drop the items in the bin provided by Sahbu in the front entry. It’s that simple! All items will be donated to children in need in Liberia, West Africa. We hope to see you there! If you can’t make it and would still like to donate, you may do so by visiting sahbu.org– just click the donate button. Thanks in advance for helping us with this great cause. What: Sahbu Shopping Spree Why: To help kids in need in Liberia, West Africa When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: Lindon, Walmart 585 North State Street, Lindon
Two more children have been saved and reunited with their families! We at Sahbu, thank YOU, our awesome fans, who have been supporting our cause for the benefit of many children in Liberia. Your donations matter! They provide food. They provide education. They save lives. Alex Singbeh and Law Law Lawrence, local representatives from Liberia who are working with Sahbu, just sent in this report via email along with the attached pictures: “Please see attachment of two kids reunified by SAHBU, Alex and Law Law’s, trip from Monrovia to Bomi County, Gonzipo town. They are Mamady Kromah (CKA Big Boy) 11 yrs (He’s the one in the red shirt in one of the photos at the police station) and J. Abraham Colemen 12 yrs.” Click the photos below to see the gallery: This is great news! These two boys, along with a few dozen more documented cases, are children who had been tricked to come to the big city of Monrovia to go to school and to receive an opportunity at life, instead they are taken and used via child labor for someone else’s benefit. We expect to see many more stories like this one in the future. Thanks for your help, we couldn’t do it without you. To continue to help please visit sahbu.org today!
Love. We’re all looking for some. So tell your mothers and your brothers, and all the lovely others that we know where to find it! Just outside the reach of the humanitarian efforts from the United Nations, sits a little orphanage in Harrisburg, Liberia. Home to more than 40 children, without parents, and a small number who show up everyday for school and one meal. The caregivers for the orphanage are volunteers who hope that one day there will be help for the children and the school. The building they stay in was given to them by an older couple who just wish to be fed by the orphanage. On April 13th, your friends and mine; Luke Beaston, Paul Jamsa, Heather Marie, Joel Adams, Michael Jenkins, and joining us from LA, Tina Ferguson and Coco Carico, will combine their talents to create sweet musical fusion! And spread the love! Join us on April 13th for an inspiring evening on behalf of the children at the orphanage. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring ten! And share the love! ( $10 at the door) and FREE PIZZA!!! Venue: Boothe Bros Performing Arts Center Time: 7pm Phone: 801-798-7650 Address: 165 North Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT, 84660,United States Google Map Source: Site
Just last week we received some very bad news from Borto Orphanage, one of the orphanages we support in Harrisburg, Liberia. They informed us that they were out of money. They pled with us and we called upon you, our faithful followers who have come out of the woodworks to help us multiple times. We asked you to help us raise $500 by the end of the week last Friday and we met that goal within the first four hours. The total that came in from that push was over $1,000 and we’re still getting donations that trickle in from that post. Now the orphans at Borto will have food to eat for the next couple of months. We couldn’t be more happy for your response. We would love to get Borto to a point where they’re self-sustaining and we’re asking you for your input. If you have any ideas on how Borto could become self-sustaining, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and share this blog post with your friends and family so we might get others involved.
When we realized what it would take to get Sahbu up and running we didn’t quite know that so many would be willing to come out and help. There have been countless stories of success from you, our faithful followers. Stories that brought us to tears of joy, some of which were so unbelievable we questioned whether or not we could handle it all. The hours of time that has gone into Sahbu reflects the good of the communities around the world. Many volunteer their time, efforts, money, talents, and skills to help drive our mission and that is to save children in Liberia, West Africa. On our most recent trip we donated eight duffle bags full of donations that you gave us to give to the people. The donations were received with open arms and open hearts. Many kids have been saved because of your monetary donations and we thank you for that as well. However, you my be able to give- whether large or small, or even change you find in the wash. Every penny helps. Keep giving because your donations make a big difference. For more information on how you can help Sahbu save lives in West Africa, visit our site here. If you’re interested in raising money for our cause, learn how to set up your own personal funding campaign page here. With just a couple of clicks you’ll be well on your way to helping many. Again, we thank you and hope we can continue to make a difference together.
During our last two trips to Liberia we headed out to Bong County and crossed the St. Paul River to visit several small villages. While doing so we learned more about the importance of crossing the St. Paul, and its many dangers. Each month many people die from crossing this immense river which, during the wet season can expand to 300 yards across and up to 40 meters deep. One individual we interviewed named John Monroe lost his wife with an unborn child, as well as four other children to the river when their canoe tipped. Unfortunately, John’s story is one that occurs far too often. Crossing the river is not an easy task. Using a hollowed out tree trunk that takes 4 months to carve out and construct, the people cross the river many times during the day. Here are some reasons why the people need to cross: Buy and sell goods at the closest market in Haindi Receive medical attention at the closest clinic, also in Haindi Buy palm oil across the river and sell it in Monrovia (24 mile walk roundtrip after crossing the river – then coming back to the river, cross it, then another 60 miles to Monrovia by taxi) Closest High school (most schools across the river only have k-4, after that they have to find another school across the river.) For our next trip out, we are looking for a few life-jackets for the canoe crossings. These life-jackets will allow the people to cross this enormous river more safely. Please donate your extra life-jackets to Sahbu.
We are excited to post lots of pictures and stories from the recent trip to Liberia. Three of the guys are back home, but Mitch is still in Africa. We are so glad that he extended his trip, because he has been able to help even more children. This week, he went to donate clothing and supplies to the Deseret Orphanage in Borto. He found the children starving. In fact, they hadn’t eaten in two days. The orphanage workers were preparing to strike, and hand over the kids to the government to be doled out to wherever. Because of the donations we have received, Mitch was able to give $300 to the orphanage. They went to the market together and used the money to buy all the food they would need to feed the children for an entire month. These children suffer daily from starvation. They simply do not have enough food to go around. This is Jacob. His belly is starting to protrude from malnutrition. It will take six months of good nutrition for the distending to go down. There are 40 children at this orphanage. Kids just like Lucy, who’s face lit up when she saw herself on the camera! She was engaging and fun to talk with, and excited about Mitch coming to visit. Below is a picture of Smoma. Most of the kids were pretty happy considering they hadn’t eaten for two days. But Smoma was shy, and wanted to hide from the camera. Isn’t she beautiful? We would love to continue helping these children. If you would like to personally sponsor a child for $10/month, please let us know, by emailing Lori Gilson at email@example.com.
Sahbu founder, Mitch Weight, reflects on his experience at the conclusion of his last trip to Liberia. He talks about how big of a role education plays in the development of the culture. He discusses why Sahbu helps the people become educated and how that empowers them to change their own lives. It takes such little money to make huge progress. It is important to use the money to create opportunities and a future for the Liberian people.
We have been so moved by all the support we have received for Painting Peace, our project to help rescue, clothe, feed, educate, and reform child soldiers. The generous donations we have received will change lives. Friends, family, coworkers, local businesses, and even children, have rallied around the cause. One donation that came in today, particularly impressed us. We think you will give it a “thumbs up,” as well. Meet Sheri Sveen. Sheri, a smoker of many years, has recently decided that it’s time to quit. As an important part of her resolve, she gives the money she saves on tobacco products to a charitable cause. The most recent cause she has chosen to support is our painting peace campaign. Sheri is making a big difference in her own life as well as helping to take kids in Liberia off the street, feed them, educate them, and break their addictions. We are inspired by her effort and would like to offer her our sincerest thanks for her support. Sheri, you are awesome!
No Smoking, No Stealing, and No Fighting are rules for the men in the J.A.V. (Journey Against Violence) program. Their Former General, Joshua Milton Blahyi started the program for the men who fought for him as his warriors as young boys. J.A.V. is designed to give these men skills, structure, and purpose so that they can become contributing members of a new nonviolent society. Educational programs such as J.A.V. are essential to help transform the West African people and prepare them to create a better lifestyle. When Mitch and the Sahbu team visited the program, they were impressed by its impact! Watch as Mitch explains how he became compelled to support their cause.