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Ramata Mansaray

How does it feel to be nominated?
It’s an honor simply because I am doing things for the people in Sierra Leone and in America from the kindness of my heart. It’s unfortunate that Sierra Leone is known for being one of the poorest countries in the world, but people fail to realize all the riches such as natural and human resources that the country has. I want to give a little push to Sierra Leoneans to feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and they don’t have to suffer and fight alone.

What are your plans?
My plans are to receive my bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education from Rowan University, and then join the Peace Corps for two years in Sierra Leone to spread health awareness and then build a free clinic. I would love to be a role model for youth to show them that we are all unique in our own ways, but each is capable to succeed in life as long as you put your mind to it

What are you engaged in?
I’ve found a love for rugby, I play for Rowan University’s team and was recently named vice president for the club. I clean houses, take care of my grandparents, and am a volunteer coach for the Cherry Hill West Track and Field team. I’m a part of a nonprofit organization called the Sierra Leone Youth Association in Philadelphia, PA, which helps youth paint a better path in life, educating them on their parents’ country and culture.

I have also been networking through a group called Salone Spice 101, which allows us Sierra Leoneans to interact, do charity work, and help those who don’t have enough funds to go to the hospital when they’re sick. Every time I go to Sierra Leone, I give back. In 2016, I sent two barrels filled with school supplies, clothes, soccer balls, and soccer cleats. Just to see the smiles on everyone’s face fills my soul with joy. Last December, I made friends through Salone Spice 101 to help me give food to the elderly, and school supplies. People ask me why I care so much for people I don’t know. I say because it is the right thing to do and it feeds my soul with love.

To you, what does it mean to be a part of the Diaspora?
To be a part of this Diaspora makes me feel I have a purpose that I must fulfill. There are two types of rich people; those who can become rich spiritually and those who become rich with money. I chose to be rich spiritually because it allows me to sleep at night knowing that I’m not selfish and am doing for others who can’t do for themselves. To feel like you are apart of the norms in this world, you must do something that makes you happy and helps those who are in need.

Nominated by Sierra Leone Youth Association