Cita International

SEED Staff In Sierra Leone


Leah Harrison
Program Coordinator
CITA SL Kabala Regional Office

In July 2008 Leah began working with SEED International as a volunteer under a one-year contract. She serves as the Chief Program Coordinator, facilitating the implementation and development of SEED programs. She works as the program officer in micro-finance, education and humanitarian relief, managing the details of the programs from loan disbursement and collection to adult education and provision of food and clothing to meet urgent needs. Each month, she spends time in Freetown assisting with grant writing and other administrative tasks.
Before joining the Sierra Leone staff, Leah spent three and a half years working as a Program Coordinator in the Refugee Resettlement Department of the International Institute of Rhode Island and served in a four week internship in Northern Uganda with an NGO called Child Voice. In May 2008, she graduated from Brown University in the United States, magna cum laude with a degree in International Relations, focusing on political and economic development.
During her year with SEED, Leah hopes to guide the development of programs and the systems that will support them while working in close partnership with staff and beneficiaries at the local level.


Peacemaker Balansama Kargbo
Nurse, Health Program Officer, and Agriculture Program Officer
CITA SL Nar Sarah Clinic

Peacemaker, along with his sister Theresa (Finah), ran a volunteer clinic out of their family home prior to the official opening of NarSarah Clinic while holding a full time job elsewhere. In the four years since NarSarah’s beginning, Peacemaker has served as the Head Nurse and Health Program Officer and has seen the clinic grow from a two room enterprise alongside his own home to a state of the art facility of a dozen rooms with over 4,000 consultations per year. He works as the Education Program Coordinator and still maintains his role as Agriculture Program Officer for SEED. The addition of more staff in Kabala has helped him reduce his many responsibilities to a more manageable workload. This allows Peace to focus more exclusively on his passion - Community health of all people.
Peacemaker earned his State-Enrolled Community Health Nurse Certification at the Serabu School of Nursing at Catholic Mission Hospital in Sierra Leone. He has participated in numerous workshops and training in topics such as human rights, sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial counseling for advanced trauma.
Before joining the SEED staff, Peacemaker worked seventeen years as a Primary Health Care Assistant with Christian Extension Services (an NGO in Kabala). He is a well-respected community leader and aims to directly serve men, women and children through providing medical care to the poorest members of society while offering assistance programs that contribute to the process of development in Kabala and the surrounding communities.
Through Peacemaker’s efforts and willingness to treat patients, to manage all other programs, to plan and oversee construction, the dream of NarSarah Clinic has become a reality.


Theresa Finah Kargbo
Maternal Child Health Aide and Women Against Poverty Supervisor
CITA SL Nar Sarah Clinic

Theresa is a Koinadugu District native and was part of the NarSarah Clinic before it was officially named and opened. Before there was a building, Theresa delivered babies in her family home and helped many women and children meet their health needs. She joined NarSarah Clinic when it first began its preliminary operations in 2004. She has dedicated all of her energy to the successful development of the NarSarah Clinic where she works as a Maternal Child Health Aide and Health Assistant.
Theresa is especially passionate about women’s issues and served a critical role in the creation of the Women Against Poverty Program (WAP). She designed and implemented the first micro-finance program offering financial assistance to WAP women. She still supervises the progress of the women’s group. She also works with the women in the various agricultural projects that she has designed to support WAP women.
Theresa received her Maternal Child Health Aide Certification from the Masuba MCHA Training Center in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Before joining the SEED Staff, she worked for five years with the Ministry of Health as a Maternal Child Health Aide. She also worked with a local NGO, Christian Extension Services for four years serving as Health Assistant, Women’s Coordinator, and Micro-credit Coordinator.
Theresa has participated in numerous workshops and short-term courses on human rights, conflict and peace building, public advocacy, and various issues in health Her main goal is to provide medical care for the needy, with an emphasis on maternal and child health. She fosters female empowerment and economic development in Kabala and other rural communities in Sierra Leone.
Because of her willingness to work and her dedication to the well being of people, Theresa is a major factor in the success of NarSarah Clinic in Kabala and the long term dreams of SEED International.

Board Members


Dorcas Kumba Kamanda
President

Dorcas Kumba Kamanda was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is a Nurse Midwife currently practicing at the Reading hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. She has served with international organizations such as Catholic Relief Services as supervisor of the nutrition program in Sierra Leone, and for World Vision as a Program Manager in Haiti. More recently, Dorcas served as the Director of the graduate midwifery education program at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in the midwifery education program at East Carolina University. Dorcas holds a Masters Degree in Administration, from the School for International Training in Vermont, a Masters Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University and a Post Masters Certificate from University of Pennsylvania. She has also studied epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and received a Certificate in Nutrition from the University of London. Dorcas is one of the founding members of CITA DBA SEED.


Les Law
Vice President and Asst. Treasurer

Les Law graduated from Westmar College in Iowa in 1965 with a double major in Business Administration and Religion and a double minor in Accounting and Economics. He served as President of the student body. Upon graduation from Westmar he married Hope Christensen and moved to Sierra Leone. (a short Why would be good here) There Les taught Religion and Business classes at Harford School for Girls while serving as Treasurer of the school.

After three years in Sierra Leone Les and Hope returned to the U.S. and Les began work at Metropolitan Glass. In 1972 he became part owner and Vice President. As President he supervised all areas of the company and in the last 10 years of employment he specialized in construction, legal, accounting, and insurance issues. When he retired in 2003 Metropolitan Glass was recognized as one of the top commercial glass companies in the U.S. (Unless legal, accounting, insurance are specific, named departments should remain lower case)

Les was one of the founders of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association (CGCA) and served in various capacities. In 2003 he was awarded the Leonard Smith CGCA Achievement Award recognizing his contribution to the glass industry in Colorado and the U.S. He was also active in the Association of General Contractors/Colorado and served for two years as the Co-chair of the Sub-contractor Relations Committee. In 1995 he was included in the International Who’s Who of Business and in 1999 was recognized by both the AGC/C and the CGCA for his role in restoring and rebuilding Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in record time.

Les has served in both the local Evanston United Methodist Church and the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. These include: Trustee Chairperson of Evanston; Trustee of the Conference; Chairperson of the Evanston Child Care Program; Missions and Social Concerns Committee; and Staff/Parish Relations Committee. His interests include back packing, skiing, hiking (14,000 foot peaks of Colorado) and international travel.

Since 1965 Hope and Les have had a passion for the people of Sierra Leone, exemplified in their being two of the founders of SEED, Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Coordinators of Operation Classroom, a program of The United Methodist Church. In 2008 they received the Bishops Award of the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Church recognizing their passion. Both Operation Classroom and SEED are devoted to being partners with the people of Sierra Leone in their quest to improve their own lives.


Hopenet Antoine
Treasurer

Hopenet Antoine has a background in Strategic Planning and Project Management. She has her degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hopenet currently works as an Assistant Vice President at MetLife Broker Dealer with business responsibility for overall process reengineering, technical development and financial oversight for the Operations organization. Hopenet holds her FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses and was recognized by MetLife and the Harlem YMCA as one of the Black Achievers in Industry in 2007. Hopenet is a member of the Central New Jersey Church of Christ and serves in the Children's Ministry.


Daniel S.M. Kamanda
Chairman

Earned BS in biology and education at Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone, and Masters and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science and Continuing Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign..

Has taught various science education/teacher education courses for undergraduate and graduate teachers at Njala University College, and served as external examiner for science at the Teachers’ Colleges in Sierra Leone. Served on the curriculum committee that drafted the education curriculum for Africa University in Mutare Zimbabwe; was Director of the Science Curriculum Development Centre and directed the Science Education Programme for Africa – SEPA—(90 and 91). Has conducted science teacher training workshops in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. For much of the 1980s was also Country Representative for Canadian Crossroads International in Sierra Leone. Served at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina (as Assoc. Professor and as Professor of Education) from 1992 to 1998. Taught secondary science methods, educational psychology, and human growth and development; also designed and taught undergraduate course in multicultural education.

Currently lives with his wife Dorcas in East Windsor, New Jersey, and serves with Operation Classroom (a United Methodist Church program for assisting education in Sierra Leone and Liberia), and is current Chairman of the Board of Directors of CITA International, DBA SEED (Salone Empowering and Enabling Development, Inc.), a non-profit, non-governmental organization formed to develop and maintain healthcare, education, and other social facilities in Sierra Leone.


Cecile Law
Secretary

Family:Married to Alice M. Law; November 25, 1970, two children, twelve grandchildren, one great grandchild with more to come.

Education:1964 Graduated South High School, Denver Colorado;1964-1966 Northwest Kansas Area Vocation Technical College, Degree in Drafting

Work History:

1966-1967 Draftsman, Geotechnical Engineering Department at Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendoff (HNTB) Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri.

1967-1970 United States Army
  1967-1968
    Basic Training, Ft. Bliss, Texas
    Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Infantry, Ft. Polk, Louisiana
Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) School, Ft. Benning, Georgia and Ft. Ord, California
    Airborne Training (Jump School), Ft. Benning, Georgia
  1968-1969
Squad Leader/Platoon Sergeant, First Platoon, Company B, 1/27 Infantry, 25 Infantry Division, Cu Chi, Vietnam
  1969-1970
    Instructor, Airborne Committee (Jump School), Ft. Benning, Georgia
Awards:
National Defense Ribbon, Two Vietnamese Campaign Service Ribbons, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, Three Awards of the Bronze Star with V Device, Silver Star 1970 to Present Engineering Technician, Geotechnical Department, HNTB Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri. Duties range from planning and execution of sub-surface exploration programs, plan preparation, foundation recommendations to supervision of million dollar investigation programs as they relate to highway and bridge design. Retirement is planned for May 1, 2009.

Community Involvment: Lifetime member of the Methodist Church, currently a member at Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, Missouri, since 1977. Current involvement includes adult Sunday School teacher, Treasurer of local United Methodist Men’s Club since 1979, member Worship Committee, Chair of Building Expansion Committee, Chair of Capitol Improvements Finance Committee and member of Administrative Council. Involved as a Volunteer in Mission with hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and tornado recovery in Greensburg Kansas. Provide ongoing support to the Four Corners Ministries by supplying aid to the Navajos through the United Methodist Church in Window Rock, Arizona. Volunteer with the Shepard Staff Food Pantry, Harrisonville Missouri.



Hope Law
Hope Law received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Education from Westmar College in Iowa. Later received her Master Degree in Secondary Administration fromthe University of Northern Colorado.She worked as a contract teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa for three years teaching Math, Music, Business and Physical Education classes. Was appointed as acting Vice Principal for one year.Hope taught thirty-two years for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado. She was Math Department and Computer Department Chairperson. Also was assistant coach of Girls Basketball and Volleyball. She was sponsor of the National Honor Society and other clubs.Hope served as co-chair of the Technology committee for Jefferson County and served on the Budget Committee. After retirement she is a Jefferson County consultant for the Substitute Office where she trains new substitute teachers in different classroom management techniques. Hope is a member of Evanston United Methodist Church in Colorado where she was Youth group sponsor, Sunday school teacher and director of the children’s choir. She has served as Mission and Social Concerns chairperson and Education Committee chair.Community activities include sponsor for Refugee families, Advocate for a Down Syndrome child, tutor for Intercity students.Hope has served on the SEED Board since it was founded. Hope and her husband Les adopted a Sierra Leone student in 1968 and supported her through college in the US. They became part of her Sierra Leone extended family. Hope became Granny to her children and now her grandchild. The dream for the NarSarah Clinic was born during this time. Hope has traveled to Sierra Leone each summer since 2001. We have directed work teams that participate in rebuilding schools and clinics in Sierra Leone. Her passion is to empower the lives of women and children in the world.


Alice M. Law
Married to Cecil G. Law; two children, a son and daughter; twelve grandchildren.

Work History: Retired from the United States Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Protection Specialist, where I managed the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program for four states.

Faith in Action: United Methodist Volunteers In Mission Team Leader, engaged primarily in rebuilding homes and lives. Active in United Methodist Women promoting global missions. Church school teacher for more than 35 years. Chancel choir member for more than 35 years.

United Methodist Church offices held: Administrative Council Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and Memorials Committee. Currently serving as Outreach Chairperson with emphasis on local, national, and global missions.

Community Service: Youth Friends Volunteer tutoring elementary age children. Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry Volunteer, collecting and distributing food to needy families. Formerly a Bluebird Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Teacher’s Aide.

Col. 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for men.