Fundraiser for Save The Young Girls Foundation

As a junior lawyer in the early 2000's, I volunteered at an Immigration and Asylum Centre in the UK.

Many of the individuals I supported were fleeing from the Civil War in Sierra Leone. The stories I experienced were harrowing. Violent traumas, sex crimes, families separated and torn apart. FGM is a right of passage for some young women. 

Living off student loans, I did what I could, contributing to a charity supporting children in war-torn countries.  

With my clients harrowing stories burning into my mind's eye, I had a dream that "one day" I would do more to help. 

Life went on, and in 2019 I met Susan Marie Sesay, Founder of "Save The Young Girls" children's orphanage in Sierra Leone.

She was looking for sponsorship of children at her orphanage. It was growing and growing. She at a young age, had taken on caring for children living in unimaginable poverty.

Take for example, Girl A.

Girl A: Abandoned by her family, this is not uncommon, for families living in incredible poverty. At 3-year-old she was found by Susan begging for food in the market to survive. 

I committed to sponsoring a child in this orphanage in Freetown. Our relationship grew, and I sponsored more children. 

It fills my heart with joy to know I am making a real difference in these young girls' lives. 

Giving back is important to me. 
Giving back supports these girls with food, medicine, a safe place for them to live. 
Giving back supports these girls with an education. 

And these young girls, these young children, they NEED OUR HELP.

These girls have never been to the beach or on vacation. 

They dream of being doctors, scientists, nurses, lawyers, engineers. 
They love to play. 
These girls work hard.
They get top of their class test scores.
They are gifted.
Happy. Magical little souls. 

And these beautiful spirits are some of the most vulnerable individuals on the planet. 
At the risk of trafficking, sex crimes, the cycle of poverty, and more. 

2020 has taught us, that even when the world can be hard. There are always others who can benefit from help. 

Susan and Save The Young Girls Foundation is committed to helping these girls reach their fullest potential. 

Save The Young Girls Foundation was founded by Susan Marie Sesay to respond to the dilapidated social welfare in regards to homeless girls in Sierra Leone after the country’s civil war. STYGF was formed out of the desire to make a positive contribution to this country’s education by implementing certain projects that will ensure that every Sierra Leonean child, especially the vulnerable and underprivileged with potential, has access to educational resources, facilities and materials, regardless of social class or gender. The mission of this foundation is to empower young Sierra Leoneans to empower themselves through education. By this, the foundation intends to encourage young girls to choose a better future and to become role models for future generations.

These girls deserve a bright and happy future, with safety, comfort, and opportunity. 

This $10,000 will help raise  funds for the girls:

Buying land for the orphanage.

Every dollar counts. I want to thank you in advance for supporting this special cause. 

Fundraiser: Charlotte Smith, former lawyer turned executive coach for lawyers. You can read about me at: 

Save The Young Girls Foundation is a registered Community-Based Organization (CBO) with Freetown City Council. FCC0062 and is run by Susan Marie Sesay. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


Charlotte Smith
San Jose, CA

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