To learn about Mariatu's Hope and the work Robert and Ruth are doing in Sierra Leone see below or visit Mariatu's Hope to learn more.
On Monday, October 19th, Robert was out in the community and fell down steep concrete stairs breaking both bones in his lower right leg. He is currently in Choithram Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone where doctors have indicated he needs surgery and are waiting for the swelling to go down. However, there are some concerns about if the surgery can be done and if so, where it is best done. Once Robert has the surgery he will have recovery and rehab which will need to take place in the US.
Funds are needed for Ruth and Mariatu (their daughter) to travel to Sierra Leone in the next week (they are currently in the US). This will allow them to better assess Robert's health and make decisions regarding surgery in Sierra Leone or the US and assist him with returning to the US for recovery and rehab (and possibly surgery). Additional funds are needed to cover the hospital stay in Sierra Leone, surgery there or in the US, doctor's fees, medications, and rehab.
**Robert and Ruth Search, founders of Mariatu's Hope, have been living and working in Sierra Leone (West Africa) since 2008. Mariatu's Hope (named after their daughter from Sierra Leone) focuses on drilling wells, helping create clean water systems, teaching hygiene and best sanitation practices, and their Infant Nutrition Program focuses on providing food, medical, and education for babies whose mothers have died.