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Head girl Mercy has many admirable qualities sensible, fair, articulate and caring so much so that Mercy’s known by all the children as mummy! Part-time princess and wannabe scientist Mercy’s favourite colours are pink and yellow, she loves reading, art and beading and her favoured fruit is plum but Mercy’s story is another sad one.

Living with grandparent’s upline Mercy was at risk of repeated sexual exploitation from her peers. On the promise of safety and school she moved to her uncles in Freetown where - like too many girl children in Sierra Leone - she found not education but a life cleaning and cooking at home and washing plates and spoons at a local cookery shop earning money for her uncle. Amazingly Mercy had the good sense and the strength to go to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs herself.

Now Mercy is Head Girl and has the respect and love of all the children at Mama Mayila’s Cradle and she so loves school. Thriving in school Rising Academy putting in an “outstanding performance” and coming second in maths thanks to extra classes which have helped her excel (thanks aunty Mary). Mercy was lucky enough to meet the First Lady of Sierra Leone and lots of VIPs when she attended the launch of the African Unions end child marriage campaign which helped Mercy raise her sights as to what she could achieve.

As Mercy’s teacher reports: “she can make it if given the opportunity” Mercy’s nearly 14 and her future lies in Sierra Leone - will you give Mercy her opportunity and help her make it? Watch her grow up and go far? Share Mercy’s story and if you can help sponsor her from just $25 a month:

We match your sponsorship with other kind sponsors to provide year round care and you’ll receive a BIG personal thank you from Mercy and you can swap monthly video messages sharing her childhood memories knowing she has a loving community of care.


Follow our journey bringing hope to vulnerable children in Sierra Leone - please and share to raise awareness for children with disabilities and Ebola’s Generation.

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