Our newest site!
How We Got Here
Having known the incredible Fr. Themi (see the Paradise 4 Kids project) since the 2013's, John Heers had thrown the idea around that Sierra Leone would be an excellent second site. And after John and Ryan Jobe (our other co-founder) visited him in 2014, we were sold. Certainly the needs are dire: war has left the country on the path of recovery, but mortality rates, especially for children, are unacceptably high.
Fr. Themi has needed a doctor to help run and build a health clinic in Waterloo - luckily FTF could fill the gap and was proud to send the first two Sierra Leone Field Workers in late 2017 to Waterloo and Freetown.
What We Are Doing
Our Field Workers are currently in the early stages of their Immersionship, but nevertheless are actively engaged with the community. With the help of Sergio Castillo, a Guatemalan doctor (and FTF Volunteer), we are helping to build a sustainable health clinic in the heart of Waterloo. This clinic currently serves a vast amount of people, but currently focuses on the ongoing treatment of Ebola orphans and victims from the civil war.
Accompanying him is Dan Padrnos who is helping on the engineering side; providing construction support to various outlying buildings near the compound. And when he isn't tackling that, he is taking care of children in the orphanage.
Waterloo & Freetown
Freetown is the capital and largest city in Sierra Leone, and its population is ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse. Our field workers are living and serving the poor here part time and rarely experience a dull moment. It also gives them a little time with electricity - Waterloo only has electricity for a few hours each day.
To reach Waterloo you'll need to travel anywhere between 1 and 5 hours (depending on traffic!) east of Freetown. This is the place where Fr. Themi established the P4KA compound that houses disabled war victims along with orphans and provides over 600 children with beautiful, free education.
Field Workers are constantly in the process of learning Krio and have already found that knowing just a few words is amazing to the local population. The power of language is immense here and only reaffirms the importance of meeting people on their terms, not our own.