James Kamara was born five-years ago to parents who worked as subsistence farmers in a small village in Sierra Leone. After his father passed away one-year ago, James’ mother continued to do share-cropping work in order to feed her two sons and to send the older boy, now age eight, to the Catholic school in their village. But she kept James at home, or with her when she worked in the farm bush, because he had been born with a hernia which caused him pain.
KITE-SL working in conjunction with Africa Surgery had James’ hernia repaired last week at the Holy Spirit Hospital. He is doing fine and will be discharged soon. He might be able to start school after the Christmas holiday, if his mother can earn enough to send another son to school; or James will be fortunate and able to continue his education, if Africa Surgery can find a patron to sponsor him at the cost of $200 per year.