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Dorcas Kumba Kargbo Kamanda - Sierra Leone, West Africa - now living in Lancaster, PA

Submitted by Hope Law - Golden, Colorado
Baby born during the Grand Opening of the NarSarah Clinic

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She had a dream 40 years ago to change the lives of the people in her Mother's Village in Sierra Leone.

Dorcas, a secondary student in West Africa refused to stop going to school. She had a dream that one day she would be a nurse and build a clinic in her Mother's remote village in Sierra Leone.  She knew the people would trust her because she spoke their language and they knew her Mother. After her RN degree, Community Health degree, Midwifery degree and becoming the President of a non-profit organization SEED (Salone Enabling and Empowering Development) her Dream is a reality. 40 years after the dream, the NarSarah Clinic in Kabala, Sierra Leone is saving lives of women and children daily. Kabala is one of the poorest areas in a country ranked at the bottom - she is changing the statistics 1 out of 8 mothers die at childbirth - Not one mother nor one baby has died at the NarSarah clinic. She was instrumental in forming a group called "Women Against Poverty" (WAP) after the war. WAP Programs include Agriculture, Weaving, Sewing, Gara, Adult Literacy Classes that teach women to survive and have hope for their children. 

The NarSarah Clinic has never turned any person away without help. Dorcas has helped develop a total program to help women with fistula so that they can return to their villages. The Clinic also has a program for Malnourished children and provides nets to fight Malaria. With Dorcas' leadership and endless energy the NarSarah Clinic has had a phenomenal impact on many lives in the Kabala area through Health - Education and Empowerment of each person. Thank you Dorcas for having a DREAM.

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.


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