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Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa
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Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa

SIERRA CARE-CAMP CINEAS COMPUTER TRAINING LAB

 At Sierra Care our vision is to give hope and human dignity to victims of war and natural disaster through loving fellowship in the family of God, providing both spiritual and physical needs.

July 5, 2011, Sierra Care Inc was so humble to install the first ever and only Computer Lab in the camp of the tent-city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The launching ceremony was so emotional, immediately the first computer was powered, a young man-Deralus Mascime started to type his resume at ease, not paying a Gourde or Haitian Dollar for using the computer. As we setup and powered the printer with another computer, a young lady  typed and printed ” I LOVE JESUS”. David Osner who is one of the teachers in the lab said ” this is better than giving us rice and beans as we can now use the computer to improve on our lives”. In Haiti, one computer can be and has been for some a one-man business; providing print services and internet access etc…. By the time, we completed the computer installation, the young, old, men and women were at all computer stations utilizing Word, Excel, Publisher, playing games, music all with the gist of expressing their desire of having a computer at their disposal at no cost. Children who have the opportunity to attend school, now have a computer to type and print their assignment. The computer lab launching was a means of fellowship with our friends at Camp Cineas–prayers and praise songs were on the agenda. Sierra Care had the opportunity to provide a delicious meal to about three hundred residents of the camp.

But listen my friends, the computer lab may not have been a success without your support. Especially the Servant-Leadership of Mrs. Marian Hamlett-Director of Finance and Accounting Services at Dallas Independent School District ( DISD); whose coordinated efforts made a tremendous difference, provided computers and assisted with shipment. Robert Greenleaf coined the phrase Servant Leader “The Servant Leader is servant first. It begins with their natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first”. Indeed, Marian embodies these qualities. With the huge support of her colleagues, managers and staff, Marian Hamlett lead efforts  to reach out to communities here in  the Dallas / Fort Worth twin-cities and overseas. The Servant Leader took time-off from her busy schedule to spend an entire week volunteering in the Dominican Republic; Marian cherished the humbling experience she had in the DR. Marian confided to this writer ” I will like to build a school for the children in the DR and visit Haiti to volunteer”.

Yes, we have written about our colleagues and friends at DISD; there are founding and former board members of Sierra Care Inc who are very active with it misions especially the Computer lab at Camp Cineas. Scott and Robin Fish, these folks are amazing, their untiring efforts, perseverance to pray, financially support Sierra Care Missions over the years is inspiring. One wonders, how they remarkably manage their schedule. The Fishes own and manage a Fortune 100 company, Tri-Win Digital and Bulk Mailing Services with over a hundred employees, raising three beautiful children and very active at Park Cities Baptist Church (PCBC) of Dallas. In deed, PCBC, we are so proud and humble to be part of this church body–your prayers have been a great pillar of support and strength.

Our hosts, and translators, folks we call a family–Wawa and Jossette Jean Batiste. Wawa is a trained pastor from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a Seminary Professor in Haiti. The Wawas were so hospitable, and supportive to the installation of the computer lab in Camp Cinas, Port-au-Prince.