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Library Fund for Allentown, Sierra Leone

Library Fund for Allentown, Sierra Leone

I love to read and it has brought me tremendous joy. There is something about a good book that once it captures you, you can’t help but read it till the end. We all have a book or two like that we love to read several times a year. I have several books that I hold dear to my heart. One of them is ” Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Another book that I love is the “The Gift” by Danielle Steel, I especially love “the gift” because it is set during one of my favorite decades.

My passion for reading began back in Allentown, Sierra Leone. I remember sitting on my grandmother’s lap while she read to my brother, sister and I. This is a remarkable thing to me because my grandmother never went to school. She learned to read and write because of her husband and children. My grandmother (Mbalu Sankoh Bangura) fell in love with education and she made sure that shared her passion and thirst for learning with her grandchildren and I will forever be grateful for that.

My grandmother passed away almost 25 years ago, it will be exactly 25 years on February 13th, 2015. She died due to complications from a brain tumor. I miss her more and more each year because she was such a beautiful person. I have been thinking about ways to honor her and so I decided to do something that will give back to the community.  My grandmother was a giver and I am determined to build a library in Allentown, Sierra Leone in her honor. I want to inspire a generation of young girls to fall in love with learning. I fell in love with learning because my grandmother introduced me to books.It would mean the world to me if I can raise at least $10,000 to build a small library in her honor. My family has land and so I don’t have to worry about that part. Grandfather left most of his land to the family and so there is more than enough space for me to build this library. I have created a gofundme account to help raise funds. I will include the link for those of you who want to donate.

My goal is to go back to Sierra Leone by end of 2015, that is if the Ebola virus has been properly contained. I am going to consult with a few of my friends who are contractor to help me come up with a simple design for the building itself. I am going to get my older brother to run the library since he and his family still live in Sierra Leone.  I am also working on creating a foundation to help raise funds on a long-term basis. I would like to eventually build more libraries if it is financially possible.

I thank you for your time and I wish you a blessed evening.

About Ballu Lee

I am a mother of three, student, runner, Christian. I also love to read, sew, garden, crochet and watch old black and white movies. My fashion icons are Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Lauren, Lena Horne, Grace Kelly, Dorothy Dandridge, Ginger Rogers and Coco Chanel. I enjoy spending time with my lovebugs, cooking and exploring the outdoors. Running is a passion of mine, has been since I was in grade school.

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