Bobbie's Blog

Sunday Snapshot #14

“Challenges abound” here in Madina, and Mende is my life’s hardest. (That’s the language everybody here speaks, except me. I’ve gone from hearing about 1% to hearing about 10% ) Tokpo yawomoi = palm tree trimmerNdenga nyandengowesia = beautiful childrenKinawove ta ngi nyahawove = Old man and his old wife.LOL. See what I mean? Plus…

Sunday Snapshot #13 March 6, 2022

Bird’s Eye View See Madina Village School from above! During February and March, Phil Elam, Vice Chair of the MVS Board of Directors, has been in residence at Madina, helping plan the power system and using his drone camera to view MVS from the sky. On Sports Days, here is what the birds saw –…

Sunday Snapshot #12 February 20, 2022

Learning to read is important, but when you learn to LOVE reading the whole world opens up to you! At Madina Village School reading is priority #1. It doesn’t come so easy, though. It’s a challenge to learn English and reading at the same time, so it is hard work. It’s kind of hard to…

Sunday Snapshot #11. February 13, 2022

Our Facebook post in October led to an outpouring of loving concern for seven-year-old Rashid, who is deaf, and was not in school. Because of this, we were able to secure a place for him at a boarding school for the deaf in the town of Bo. Here he is, modeling his new school uniform.…

Sunday Snapshot #10 February 6, 2022

We are back in Sierra Leone, just ahead of the big storm in the midwest USA. We have been blessed with a new (well, not new – 2007 – but new to us) vehicle that can do better on the unpaved roads we travel. It sits high, 4-wheel drive on big tires, and they sure…

Snapshot #9 January 16, 2022

Can you find the one crying child? It was an exciting day when the Madina Village School Preschoolers got their new bed nets to sleep under. These treated mosquito nets are very successful in reducing the number of students who get malaria from mosquitoes. But somebody got left out, and she’s not happy about it.…

Sunday Snapshot #8
Merry Christmas

His flights are over!  Francis is back in Fort Wayne, sleeping off the jetlag.  But that would make a boring picture, so here’s one from last week, before he left our little blue house in Madina.  We can use the same title:  His flights are over.  The hunter became the hunted, as Francis proved he can still protect the dwindling…

Sunday Snapshot #7
Container Arrival

The 40-foot container finally arrived at Madina Village School.  Francis cancelled his flight and stayed behind to see it all safely stored until the Health Center is finished. Many thanks to our partner S.O.S. (Supplies Over Seas) of Louisville, Kentucky, for all the supplies and equipment!  Many hands lined up in a “bucket brigade” make light work…

Sunday Snapshot #6
Over the Ocean, Between Two Worlds

What a modern privilege it is to be at home in two places in the world.  How wrenching it is to always be saying goodbye, and readapting to the other side. (picture above is Bobbie and Zainab, the Madina Village School Head Cook) Wish we could just zap back and forth with a portal like…

Sunday Snapshot #5
Mind, Body, Spirit

. Guest Blogger Joanne Cearbaugh Madina Village School nourishes the minds of 440 preK-Class Six students who attend every day. They are getting a fantastic education!! It’s been my delight to partner in that instruction with interactive English lessons the last few weeks. I’ve come to realize, while participating in school activities, that the bodies…

Blog by Bobbie Mustapha

Welcome to Bobbie's blog and her Sunday Snapshots! Bobbie Mustapha, Board Secretary of MVS, is a retired teacher specializing in Reading and Early Childhood Education.  She lives with Francis Mustapha in Sierra Leone for several months of each year.  She leads teacher training and school development at MVS and organizes the sponsorship program.