Let us journey together to make a difference in Francess Johnson’s life. This call for humanitarian help is from Lena Almstrom, in Washington DC, and her sister Victoria Almstrom in Sweden. We are appealing to people with generous hearts to help build a new cement house for Francess in Buchanan, Liberia, West Africa. Youthful and inspired, Quiana, who is Lena’s teenage daughter, has joined this family project to include it in her middle school 8th grade graduation assignment focusing on exploring a global issue and finding solutions. So, she chose to work on our family project. We appreciate all the help that comes our way.
Francess Johnson Fish Trading Life
Francess Johnson is our sister. She is a fish trader living on the edge of Fanti Town in Buchanan, with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. During the Liberian Civil Wars, (1989 -1996 and 1999 to 2003) Francess fled with her family into the interior land, leaving behind her cement house, canoes, fishing nets and more. While struggling for survival, Francess house was destroyed and fish business looted. After the war, Francess moved back to Buchanan, where she is struggle to rebuild her life and to provide for her family.
Francess Ear Infections and Hearing Disabilities
In the past, direct communication with Francess was very difficult due to her hearing disabilities. As a child, Francess had ear infections that damaged one of her eardrums. Growing up, her ear infections caused painful ear aches. She also has dyslexia, and it hindered her from learning. In school in Buchanan town, teachers ridiculed and belittled Francess, and this made her feel dumb and stupid, discouraging her from learning. Her classmates and friends teased her, and made fun of her hearing disabilities, upsetting her and making her mad, which further hindering her from learning to learn to read and write.
Building Francess New House
Over the years, Francess has struggled to make a living. The goal of our Francess House project is to build a new three bedroom cement house, with a kitchen, indoors showers and toilets, and add solar panels on the rooftop to generate daily electricity. In the court yard, we will construct a deep well, and install a hand operated water pump for safe drinking water. With better living conditions, she can concentrate on her fish trading business to generate more income to live a better life.
Digital Media Learning and Literacy
Now, with the help of technology, computers, smart phones, tablets, and more, Francess is charting a new path to overcome her learning disabilities. With internet connectivity and access to a new world of learning, she will work on learning to read and write, along with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Digital literacy skills will help uplift them out of poverty, and open up new doors of opportunities.
Engineering, Construction, and Medical Outreach
To accomplish our goal to build Francess House, it will take a lot of financial resources. Therefore, my sister and I are reaching out to all helping hands. Professional referrals and contacts to non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals with engineering or construction expertise is welcome. Contribution by medical care professionals to provide hearing solutions for Francess disabilities is appreciated.
Thankful for All Donations
This is a journey for all of us to make a difference in Francess life. With just a handful of good-willed people, we all can make Francess House a reality. Any amount in donation is a blessing. No gift is too small, a donation of any size can make a difference. We appreciate all the help that comes our way.
Francess House Project Manager
For now, from the LAMCO in Liberia years, we have our Project Manager Mr. Christian T. Williams, who is a former LAMCO engineer, and civil engineer Mr. Ashley Warner. Both are current employees of ArcelorMittal mining subsidiaries in Buchanan, Liberia. We are thankful for their support, expertise, and on the ground commitment to Francess House project.
LAMCO in Liberia Connections
While we work towards building Francess a new cement house with indoors kitchen, showers, toilets, solar panels, etc, in Fanti Town, Buchanan, we are seeking out other former LAMCO employees to share our project news. We look forward to connecting with other former LAMCO employees that may be interested in lending their professional connections or expertise to our Francess House project in 2020 and beyond.
- Ilmari Sepponen
Fundraising team: Francess House (2)
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