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Angela's report from Sierra Leone – day 5

We’ve been following Angela Mason, Women of Vision’s Senior Advisor, who is currently in Sierra Leone with ABC 7 News finding stories on World Vision sponsorship, maternal health and water. Read Angela’s previous reports: Day 1, Day 2Day 3 and Day 4.

Fatmata ("Fati"), an 11 year old sponsored girl in Sierra Leone, with Angela Mason

Angela and the team met Fatmata, another girl sponsored by a Bay Area resident through World Vision. Fatmata is 11 years old and lives with her uncle, aunt and cousins. She is an orphan; her mom died 3 years ago of breast cancer. Angela asked Fatmata what her favorite part of school was and Fatmata enthusiastically replied “Singing the national anthem.” However, when asked to sing it for Angela, she became shy and wouldn’t sing in public. Fatmata’s sponsor, Marcia, gave gifts to Angela to pass along. Everyone got a good laugh when Fatmata opened a package of dental floss which was included in the gifts. She had no idea what it was, so Angela attempted to demonstrate! One of Fatmata’s favorite gifts were the pictures Marcia included of her family. Find out more about how you can sponsor a child in Sierra Leone through World Vision.

After visiting Fatmata, the team went to a small rural clinic. They saw a classroom of pregnant women listening to a lecture regarding what to expect when you’re pregnant. There were big, colored pictures posted since most of these women can’t read or write. They were learning about the importance of resting and nursing your baby. Angela and the ABC team put Million Moms stickers on their hands. Be sure to stay tuned and we’ll let you know when these stories are on TV!

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