All As One And Danny Glover Turn Spotlight Onto Plight Of Children In Sierra Leone

Posted on October 18, 2009 by Deanna Wallace

Business Leaders And Worldwide Supporters Gather To Expand Urgent/Basic Educational And Medical Support

SEATTLE, WA - Working on behalf of the world's orphaned and most destitute children, All As One joins forces with international film star and Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Glover, on Saturday, October 24, 2009, for a special event to draw attention to the dramatic needs in war- ravaged Sierra Leone. The VIP, invitation-only event includes prominent community business leaders and supporters from around the world in a celebration of the culture and cuisine of Sierra Leone and takes place atFremont Studios, 155 North 35th Street, 5:00 p.m, hosted by former NBA All-Star and humanitarian, James Donaldson and Suzie Burke, visionary community leader and philanthropist.

Established in 1997, All As One is an international child welfare non-profit organization with U.S. headquarters in Spanaway, Washington, dedicated to providing the orphaned and destitute children of Sierra Leone with a loving home, education, medical care, and a chance for a better future. All As One provides support through an orphanage, school and clinic in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Ranked as the world's least developed country in the world (of 179 countries) by the United Nations, in an index comparing poverty, life expectancy, literacy, and education, among other factors, Sierra Leone faces the world's highest infant mortality and maternal mortality rates. 64% of the population does not have access to medical care. War and the subsequent return of refugees have also put enormous economic strain on the country.


EVENT: VIP Benefit With Special Guest, International Film Star And Goodwill Ambassador To The United Nations, Danny Glover

LOCATION:  Fremont Studios, 155 North 35th Street, Seattle

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

DETAILS: With community business leaders and supporters from around the world, the event will draw attention to the urgent needs of orphaned and destitute children of war-ravaged Sierra Leone and the work of All As One.

All As One provides care to Sierra Leone's most vulnerable children through a children's center, school and medical clinic staffed by a Sierra Leonean staff of 40 working professionals. The organization purchased six acres of land in Grafton, Sierra Leone, just outside Freetown, to expand these urgently needed services. Considered to be the heart of a large population of displaced and war-wounded children and families, the land will be utilized to build a complex of buildings including a hospital with modern equipment that would provide room for medical professionals from abroad to train Sierra Leone's nurses and doctors, expanded school with both primary and junior secondary education for the local population as well as the children already served by All As One, and an expanded children's center that would double the number of homeless children served. An administration building, guest housing, cafeteria and a soccer field and playground are also planned for the project.

"Sierra Leone does not have any government-funded child welfare programs for its citizens, which makes our organization's need all the more critical," stated Deanna Wallace, Executive Director, All As One. "Our work is very rewarding because it takes very little to make a dramatic difference in a child's life."

All As One boldly stepped into the critical dilemma of orphaned, abandoned, disabled, abused and destitute children in Sierra Leone with a belief that by saving lives and empowering it's citizens to be self-sufficient, they will become catalysts for sustainable change within their country. Despite a challenging U.S. and global economy, the organization has been quietly and efficiently developing partnerships with philanthropists and companies around the world to meet its mission. With the support of special guest, Danny Glover, the All As One VIP event and cultural celebration provides an exclusive opportunity to share the organization's substantial progress on the world stage.

* * *