BORO striker Kei Kamara is to meet a fellow countryman as part of a charity appeal for his homeland of Sierra Leone.
Kamara will be introduced to Patrick Jamiru, Director of Caritas Kenema, at Middlesbrough FC’s Rockliffe Park training ground on Wednesday February 19 at 12:30pm. Caritas Kenema is a partner organisation of CAFOD, the official development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
The meeting is part of CAFOD’s ‘Dig Deep’ Lent Fast Day campaign, asking local people to support others living in poverty in Sierra Leone. The West African nation is recovering from a brutal civil war in which 2.6 million people were left homeless – the equivalent of the entire population of north-east England. Kei himself fled from the war with his family to the USA.
Carol Cross from CAFOD Middlesbrough said: “Access to food is such a basic human right, but all kinds of factors and issues can mean people go hungry – whether it’s the climate, conflict, or lack of training on the most effective farming techniques. CAFOD is helping people to feed their own families by training them in alternative farming methods to help secure food during the annual Hungry Season. We are asking people in the Diocese of Middlesbrough to stand side-by-side with people in Kei’s homeland by digging deep, ensuring that more children in the poorest countries grow up healthy and free from hunger.”
Kei added: “It’s amazing that they’re doing this work. I always like to meet people involved in helping Sierra Leone and the fact that it’s not just my country also but my birth town, Kenema, makes it even more special.”
“The kindness, compassion and generosity of people in the Diocese of Middlesbrough have enabled CAFOD to train families to grow rice on swampland. This land, formerly used for diamond mining, has now been transformed into fertile farmland – feeding children and enabling them to go to school.”
Those wishing to donate to CAFOD’s Dig Deep campaign and learn more about the fight against poverty can find details at www.cafod.org.uk.