Mattru Jong here they come

“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” – Benjamin Franklin

So that the vision never dies and the mission lives on…

L-R: Dude, Spencer and Dennis volunteering
L-R: Dude, Spencer and Dennis volunteering

Another great volunteering assignment is unfolding in Mattru Jong. AYM Vice President, Dennis Glover, arrived in Sierra Leone on January 29 with volunteer friends Christopher “Dude” Lankford and Spencer Noyce. The trio immediately set for Mattru Jong after a full day of shopping, visiting friends and sightseeings in Freetown.

This is probably Dennis’s tenth time coming to Sierra Leone on extended AYM assignments. Dude too has been in Sierra Leone for at least five times, each visit building upon the progress of the last visit. This is Spencer’s first trip outside of the United States and first in Sierra Leone. Hopefully, it will not be his last. The combined skills and talents of these guys is amazing. Our young volunteers are going to learn a lot from them as they have always done.

Since the arrival of the trio in Mattru Jong, the AYM Social Enterprise Center has been abuzz with activities – electrical upgrades, renovations and administrative duties. This six weeks volunteering assignment is going to further position AYM as a preeminent organization with a clear social mission for the community.

Can you feel our excitement?

In between work at the center and getting updates from volunteers, the trio also took time to pay courtesy calls on community elders and stakeholders. Their first point of call was the Paramount Chief, Alie Badara Sheriff. After that, they made the rounds in Mattru Jong. All in all, there is smooth progress – one that would have solid impact in the days, months and years ahead.

A cross-section of late Foday Sheriff's Family
A cross-section of late Foday Sheriff’s Family

On Monday, February 3, the trio paid another courtesy call to the village of Mongerewa, the hometown of our recently deceased founding volunteer of the AYM in Mattru Jong, Foday Sheriff to meet with the family and further express our condolences.  Foday passed away November 16, 2013 and was buried in his village. Foday’s aging mother and relatives still live at Mongerewa.

Across the river from Mongerewa
Across the river from Mongerewa

…and now this:


Anyone can volunteer for AYM. Let us know your skills, your commitment, ability and prospects for funding your trip, and you could be the next volunteer in Mattru Jong – with Dennis, Dude and Spencer. You can also throw me in – am game!

If it is not yet in your destiny to make this pilgrimage of sacrifice, you can support AYM with your donation here. It is all for the success of our activities in Mattru Jong.

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