BENEFITING: Street Child Us
EVENT DATE: Oct 24, 2016
The Ivan Kamara Memorial School - in memory of our special son, taken from us too early in October 2015
Ivan had a passion for people, but those less privileged, and children in particular. From around 2007 until his demise, he would organize food and clothing distribution on his birthday every year instead of receiving gifts. He personally sponsored the education of two of his younger siblings and four children in poor neighborhoods. This was his life’s mission: to provide a pathway to education for street children.
If we raise $6,000 we will be able to erect a school in his honor, to continue Ivan’s life dream: to provide an opportunity for street and underprivileged children to acquire basic education as a stepping stone to higher education.
Ivan, also known by many as Mohamed, Sparko, Ivanovitch, etc, was born into a poor family, but raised in the Ursula Cole family at Wilberforce in Freetown, Sierra Leone from the tender age of five.
Like all little boys, he could not be pinned down. He was troublesome, funny, witty, and smart! By the age of 8, Ivan could create a radio with scraps of metal and wires. From that age, we knew he was a promising child. He was fearless, very adventurous, always interested in discovering new things. Even though he found his way often in the kitchen, he did not like to cook, but enjoyed baking.
Ivan Mohamed attended the Wilberforce primary school and then proceeded to the Collegiate Secondary School. From Collegiate, Ivan attended the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology from which he graduated in Human Resource Management in January 2006.
The same year, he was recruited by Celtel, now Airtel in their Human Resource and Logistics Department where he worked until 2012.
He started a new job with the European Union in Sierra Leone on 17 February 2014 until his untimely death on 24 October 2015.
He loved to run, and joined the Freetown Hash Harriers where he was very active, always spurring on his fellow Hashers in the annual Street Child Marathon, where he would run in support of street kids. He was a community organizer and leader, but was also fun to be with. Reliable and dependable, he was always willing to go the extra mile for you.
Ivan persevered in everything he set his heart to do. The sky was his limit. He was planning to get his masters in Public Administration starting this year, work on the land he had acquired, run a Marathon in 2016 in the United States. The world did not give him time to finish what he started.
Please help us make this school his legacy.