The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — with the healthcare necessary for sustaining them.
Sierra Leone boasts one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. In addition to the prominence of female genital circumcision, in third-world countries, basic supplies such as a clean razor, plastic sheet, and cotton thread are required in order for a hospital to admit you. As a result, most women end up giving birth at home, alone, on a dirt floor.
In response to this desperate need, Pastor Sonnel Kamara of Sierra Leone has partnered with The Lulu Tree to construct a birthing clinic which will also double as a medical clinic, serving 18 surrounding villages. As of November 2020, it was completed, and is now being overseen by Pastor Kamara and the Sierra Leone government. It includes:
(1) A birthing room
(2) A female ward
(3) A male ward
(4) WFP Room for food items
(5) HIV Room
(6) Office space
(7) Drug store
(8) A dressing room or surgical ward.
(9) Two room apartment for two nurses
(10) A hallway for patients in the same building.
RESCUE FROM FGM (FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION)
FGM (female genital mutilation…also known as “female circumcision”) is an ongoing problem in the country of Sierra Leone, where close to 90% of women have been subjected to this painful and dangerous procedure. Heavily tied to political and financial gain, the practice is often conducted by force and in secret and has been difficult to irradicate in a country where powerful leaders fund “soweis,” women who lead underground FGM groups.
FGM is performed under unsanitary conditions and often results in serious infection and long-term health problems, including complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Pastor Sonnel is devoted to protecting God’s precious daughters from the physical and emotional trauma of this harmful practice. Because of the complex role FGM plays in society, the solution needs to come from within as women rise up to take a stand against it and protect their daughters.
Female genital mutilation targets little girls, baby girls – fragile angels who are helpless, who cannot fight back. It’s a crime against a child, a crime against humanity. It’s abuse. It’s absolutely criminal and we have to stop it. -Waris Dirie
In an answer to prayer, the Lord touched the heart of a former FGM leader, Mafaray Bangura, a mother who lives in Sierra Leone; when she came to Christ Mafaray left her lucrative career as a soweis. She has since offered to lead Pastor Sonnel’s mission to end FGM, pledging to begin by protecting her own children and dedicating her life to protecting the daughters and future daughters of Sierra Leone. In the video below, she shares her story:
Pastor Sonnel is now sending girls to school whose parents have agreed to refrain from allowing them to undergo FGM. Not only does this ensure their protection from FGM, but it allows these girls to be taught about the dangers of FGM, how to protect themselves, and the importance of protecting their future daughters. By the time the girls are out of school, they will be old enough to make their own choices and to become strong leaders in their own right, influencing their communities and bringing hope to future generations.
Meanwhile, Mafaray is equipping the mothers of these girls, as well as local churches, with knowledge about the female reproductive system, FGM, and parenting classes on how to disciple and nurture their daughters.
Through the FGM Rescue program, countless parents are redeeming their daughters’ lives across western Africa.