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How I help S4K without sponsoring a child

My name is Steph and I have been involved with S4K a couple of years now and for some time now I contributed to the medical fund set up for an amazing girl called Isatou. Between a few of us we paid for her heart medication and nutritious food. Isatou lived with her grandma on the floor of a friend’s room and it was seriously compromising her already fragile  health so we held a fundraising drive and Ginger found them a dilapidated room that had potential, they negotiated a good rent and started to renovate it. The money we raised covered plastering the walls and floor, painting, fixing the roof and kitting them out with a double mattress and mosquito net. It doesn’t sound much does it but it changed their lives and gave them a sense of stability that they hadn’t had for a very long time. I was lucky enough to meet her in person in 2016 when I took advantage of [The Real Gambian Experience] and stayed with Ginger and Sol for a week. It was an absolute joy to finally meet the girl I felt so close to. Although she had again been admitted to hospital we got to spend some lovely quiet time together and I was able to give her the beautiful hand made quilt a friend had made for her as well as some colouring books and pens.

Unfortunately Isatou was always prone to malaria and in March 2017 she was taken into hospital with yet another bought but this time she was just too weak and passed away in the arms of her grandma Mirro.
As a group we have decided to carry on paying the rent, which is really just a pittance to us but impossible for an old lady with no income to find. One of the many things  love about being a part of S4K is it gives me a chance to help more that just one child, we help the whole community.



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