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The Sick Babies Donation project started as a one off activity with the sole aim to raise funds for baby Mustapha. A group of young people came together to champion the process. The team of Young people were drawn from various fields of work, a Clothing Designer, a Journalist, A humanitarian Aid Worker and the mother of baby Mustapha who was also a Development worker started to champion fund raising in January 2018 primarily to raise funds for baby Mustapha so that we can send him to India where his transplant was done. Baby Mustapha was suffering from Biliary Atresia and needed a liver transplant and his mother volunteered to be the donor.
The challenge was heavy we took almost 5 months trying to raise funds and with the intervention of the First Lady – Fatima Bio after we reached out to her to seek her intervention, she became willing and did a 2 minutes video which went viral and at the given time, we had already raised about $10,000 USD. Her video help moved many to donate including sport betting company Mercury international. This climaxed the campaign and we were able to raise the needed funds and Mustapha went for his surgery, which was successful and he returned.
The Lead Campaigner followed baby Mustapha to India and built relationship and partnership with the hospital which has yield a positive collaborative linkage. Upon his return to Sierra Leone, there came baby Marian and that was in June 2018. We reached out to Max Super Specialty Hospital in India where baby Mustapha’s surgery was done and they provided us with almost 20% discount from $ 36,000 USD which was the transplant fee for baby Mustapha to $27,100 USD which is what was paid for baby Marian, baby Marian was also suffering from Biliary Artresia. It was a very difficult process to start again. We raised awareness for almost 3 months without a single donation and after which we were able to start having funds coming in and almost after 6 months month Baby Marian was flown to India for her surgery. There was several challenges. But thankfully it happened and it was successful also.
During the same time when baby Marian’s campaign was still on, then came baby Mariama who was suffering from frontal Encephalocele and needed $ 10,000 USD to do her restoration surgery. We championed both cases, it took pretty long time but at the end we succeeded and baby Mariama was also sent to travel together with baby Marian and both surgeries were carried out and baby Mariama’s surgery was also successful.
After that case, we then saw that too many sick babies were coming up so we decided to set up an organization to standardize things and change from individual cases to collective organizational format. Master Carlos was the first child who benefited from the newly founded baby called Sick Babies Donation Project. And after the official process, the Foundation now have 5 new cases and the cases increases daily.