“people were not expecting for that to happen in a church compound” We conducted these interviews last October at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the site of a massacre in Liberia in 1990. Patrick Baysah and Matthew Goma shared their accounts of that fateful day. Near the end of this clip, Matthew tells the of story of his brother, who was killed during the massacre at the church. Hit play to learn more about one of the bloodiest chapters in Liberian history from two West Africans who know. Patrick on life: “Sometimes it is terrible. Sometimes it is fine.”
A four day Child Labour Reporting with Legal and National Action Plan Preparatory Analysis on Child Labour in Liberia workshop has ended in Monrovia. The workshop which was organized by the Ministry of Labour with sponsorship from the International Program for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPC) an organ of the International Labour Organization (ILO) brought together over 60 participants from line Ministries and Agencies of government which deal with child issues, Civil Society Organizations and International partners. In their seven (7) counts recommendation to the Government of Liberia, the participants called on the government to domesticate into law ILO Convention 182 which talks about the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. Convention 182 was ratified by the Government of Liberia in 2002 but, is yet to be domesticated. They called for the National Commission on Child Labour to be enacted into law and provided a budget for the commission to enable it carry out effective monitoring of child labour activities throughout the country. The participants also recommended the ratification of ILO Convention 138 which talks about the Minimum age at work; and conduct of a national child survey on all sectors of the Liberia economy to establish level of the practice of child labour in the country. Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Assistant Labour Minister for Labour Standards, Atty. Rosetta N. Jackollie said the Government of Liberia is committed to eliminating child labour at all work places in the country. She said in order to increase the awareness on the elimination of child labour at workplaces around the country; the Ministry of Labour has hired the services of a consultant on Child Labour to work along with the National Commission on […]
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
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.
During our last trip to Liberia in February this year we were able to revisit the boys in the Journey Against Violence program founded by Joshua Milton Blahyi, AKA General Butt Naked. When we arrived at our meeting place on the beach they greeted us with open arms and many smiles. We brought with us the funds we had raised via our Indiegogo campaign for his program- which reforms former child soldiers and others who were living on the streets as a result of the perilous times during the war. The campaign raised over $2,600! Joshua smiled and was very pleased about that. Joshua was expecting us and knew we had some money for him so he had the boys paint the pictures while we went out on our backpacking trip which lasted three days in the jungle. When we returned, we met up once again with Joshua’s boys and did some last minute interviews. They gave us sixteen beautiful hand-painted watercolor paintings as well as some hand-painted cards. What a beautiful experience to meet these boys once again. There, Mitch gave the rest of the money to Ernest, Joshua’s brother, and executive assistant in the JAV Program (Joshua couldn’t meet us there that time) and promised the money would get to Joshua. To help fund the JAV program we have some of their original paintings as well as canvas prints available for sale. To purchase these beautiful works of art done by former child soldiers and to help give them a better chance at life, visit the store on our site here. You may also purchase the paintings from our Facebook store here. Thanks for all your support!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you all know, the Sahbu team recently returned from a 10-day trip to Liberia. Their list of to do’s while over there was enormous. Each day was filled with traveling around to different villages and meeting with people to better understand how to help the children in need. One of the people they met with was a woman by the name of Quita. Quita is a powerful woman with a huge responsibility. Founder of Borto Early Childhood Academy and an orphanage, she has quite the story to tell. Quita lost three babies of her own during the 14 year-long civil war in Liberia, and now she feels God has given her a higher calling in life, which is to take care of the students in her school and the kids in her orphanage. She believes that she lost her children so that she could have this other opportunity to take care of all the other kids in her school and orphanage. Many of the donations we receive here at Sahbu go directly to helping Quita in her efforts to educate and house underprivileged Liberian children. Quita uses our donations to help pay for supplies, teachers’ salaries, and other school-related expenses. The opportunity Quita has provided for the kids in her school and orphanage has made a huge impact on their lives. Although Sahbu has been working with Quita for the past several months, we were all touched to hear how she has overcome the trials in her life and dedicated herself to helping local kids in need. Liberia needs more people like her to care for and love the children who have been abandoned and left to have no chance at life.
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Sahbu, requests to clarify the release previously distributed on Wednesday, January 23, regarding its first-ever rescue mission to release two children from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, next week. For clarification purposes, Sahbu wishes to state that Liberia is a free country and does not allow or condone slavery. Mitch Weight, founder of Sahbu, will travel with colleagues to Liberia on January 30 with the resources necessary to have Zoe (age 6) and her sister Baby (age 5) released from an enslaved life of hard labor. Strategy and tact are in the honing stage, as this much anticipated mission is only a week away. Mr. Weight learned of these two young girls on a trip to Liberia last October. He met many children, including Zoe and Baby that are illegally enslaved, and is determined to rescue them. Since that trip, he has been working with social services in Liberia, developing a plan to return these girls to their family and to provide them with scholarships for school – hoping also to establish a process to rescue additional enslaved children. Slavery is highly illegal in Liberia and its neighboring countries, and perpetrators of slavery are prosecuted by the Liberian government. Liberian officials are proactively working to eliminate child labor in all of its forms. Sahbu hopes to work closely with the Liberian government to help free children like Zoe and Baby, so the criminals that are involved can be prosecuted and the children can be freed. The most common individuals found enslaved are children under the age of 18 who make up 40 to 50 percent of all forced labor victims in Africa. Human trafficking and slavery is the second most committed criminal offense in the world […]
Sahbu will attempt its first-ever rescue mission to release two young girls from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, at the end of the month. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Jan. 23, 2013 – PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Sahbu, will attempt its first-ever rescue mission to release two children from captivity-forced labor in Monrovia, Liberia, at the end of the month. Mitch Weight, founder of Sahbu, will travel with colleagues to Liberia on January 30 with the resources necessary to have Zoe (age 6) and her sister Baby (age 5) released from an enslaved life of hard labor. Strategy and tact are in the honing stage, as this much anticipated mission is only a week away. Mr. Weight learned of these two young girls on a trip to Liberia last October. He met many children, including Zoe and Baby that are currently enslaved, and is determined to rescue them. Since that trip, he has been working with social services in Liberia, developing a plan to return these girls to their family and to provide them with scholarships for school – hoping also to establish a process to rescue additional enslaved children.