Five years ago, BSFA was able to help the village of Sabongari by funding the construction of a classroom block at their secondary school. The villagers have remained very grateful and good friends of our partner SHUMAS ever since. They heard that SHUMAS was helping their former neighbours, now destitute IDPs, with emergency humanitarian aid and, despite being poor subsistence farmers themselves, they donated 900 sacks of rice. Unfortunately, they could not raise the money needed to transport the rice to the West Region where the IDPs are currently located. The Director of SHUMAS asked if there was any way we could help.
It seemed like serendipity that we had just received the exact amount needed as a donation from another long-standing friend of both SHUMAS and BSFA, a small UK charity called Future in Our Hands. Being able to be so adaptable in an emergency is one of the benefits of being a small organisation and it makes us feel just great.