James Hamilton is a volunteer grave digger at Freetown's King Tom Cemetry in Sierra Leone. During the Ebola outbreak James risked his life to serve his country burying hundreds of suspected Ebola deaths.
Please take a few minutes to watch this short film on James' story.
Two years on since the end of the Ebola outbreak and James continues to work at the cemetry making a small income digging and maintaining graves.
James suffers from PTSD however at the moment he has no other option than to continue working at the cemetry every day.
James' dream is to leave the cemetry and start a new life with his wife and young child away from the memories that haunt him. James wants to study Environmental Science but to do so he needs to complete a bridging course and save money to pay course fees.
James needs to raise 19 million Leones (around £2000) to purchase a ke ke (three wheel taxi) so that he can leave the cemetry and earn a daily income to support his family and pay his school fees.
100% of the money raised will go towards purchasing a ke ke and registration. Any addition funds will go towards school fees so that James can begin studying.
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James was awarded a medal of recognition from H.E. President Ernest B Koroma
Thanks everyone for your support! We have reached our target and I will update again shortly after I meet with James.
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Who you are?
I am Michael Duff
Where you're from?
I am from Australia and have been living in Sierra Leone over the past 6 years.
Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for:
I met James while working during the Ebola response and we have stayed in contact since.
How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible):
James will use the money to buy a keke (motorised tricycle) so that he no longer needs to work at the cemetry. His income generated from the keke will be used to support his education.
How you intend to get the funds to those in need?
I will withdraw the £ and convert to Leones. James and I will go together to purchase the keke. Any money left over will be given to James to put towards school fees so he can complete a bridging course.
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