Kei Kamara visiting the school in January, 2016
Kei Kamara (NE Revolution) and Mike Lahoud (Miami FC), two professional soccer players born in Sierra Leone, joined forces to build the Kei Kamara/Mike Lahoud Education for All Primary School. This school provides access to disadvantaged children in Allen Town, East End Freetown. Groundbreaking began in May 2015 and classes began on September 7, 2015.
Read more about Kei’s remarkable journey and his collaborative efforts with Mike Lahoud and Schools for Salone in Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/kei-kamaras-american-dream-20160303
We have begun Phase II at Kei and Mike’s Education for All Primary School in Allen Town. We were recently able to purchase an adjacent piece of land to the school, making ample room for the futbol pitch and home for headmistress Mamusu and her rescued children.
Funds are still needed to complete Phase II – we need $5000 for the new soccer pitch at the school!! Donate HERE!
SfS Board Member James Mannah at the school in May 2016
Finishing the security gates at the school
Working on the soccer pitch! Water is a critical issue in Freetown area and must be trucked in to complete the construction.
This school is headed by Mamusu Tarawali. She is one of our star teachers we have worked with for many years, featured in the documentary, Brownstones to Red Dirt. Before Sierra Leone’s civil war broke out, Mamusu Tarawalie was a young woman with a passion for learning. But when war came to her village, her instinct took over. As she fled the rebels, she saw a baby strapped to the back of a woman lying in the street. The woman had been killed during a firefight and the baby was left for dead. Mamusu turned around and ran towards the battle. She untied the child and ran to safety with him. Balla would be the first of 9 children Mamusu would adopt. When the fighting stopped and the children she had taken in had no school, Mamusu worked with her mentor to start one. The Children in Crisis School would go on to serve over 400 children and become a project for Schools for Salone. With more children needing a school, Mamusu undertook the massive task of starting a school from scratch. This time, she had Kei Kamara, Mike Lahoud and Schools for Salone to help her.
Now that the school is completed, we are ready to begin Phase II, a soccer field and constructing a home for Headmistress Mamusu and the orphaned children she rescued during the war. With help from our sponsors a generation of children have grown up in classrooms instead of on the streets.
We need $50,000 to make this dream come true for these orphaned children and the woman who saved them. Please donate now to help us make a safe, clean home possible for these special children.
Kei Kamara’s Long Journey Home, featured on mlssoccer.com.