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.
At The Lulu Tree, this breaks our heart. We long to provide a compassionate place where vulnerable women can come give birth.
We’re delighted to announce that a birthing / medical clinic is under construction in Kamassaralie, Sierra Leone, which will not only ensure safe deliveries but will provide prenatal and postnatal check-ups for pregnant women in over 18 villages.
Upon its completion, the Sierra Leone government has committed to helping to provide staff and supplies.
Following are the details of the clinic:
(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.
The clinic (above) is nearing completion and it is our hope to open it by summer of 2020.
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. The Lulu Tree 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 has 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 Lulu’s effort 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:
The Lulu Tree’s FGM Rescue Program started by sending 12 girls whose parents have agreed to refrain from allowing them to undergo FGM while in school. 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, The Lulu Tree is equipping the mothers of these girls with knowledge about the female reproductive system, FGM, and parenting classes on how to disciple and nurture their daughters. They meet monthly in the village church alongside their daughters to learn and grow.
The mothers are also equipped in a skill set enabling them to pay for their daughters’ school fees, thus making the FGM Rescue Program sustainable.
Finally Mafaray, the leader of the program, will be visiting neighboring villages in coming months in order to expand the program to multiple churches.
By partnering with The Lulu Tree FGM Rescue Program, you will be helping countless parents redeem their daughters’ lives across western Africa.