Haja is 6 years old and goes to the St. Francis Primary School in Newton, Sierra Leone. She is regarded as an exceptionally talented girl. Due to her extraordinary intelligence, she succeeded to skip 3 school classes during her first school year. This small talented girl has learned to read and write in her free time. Haja's greatest dream is to get more school materials and books.
My name is Isatu Sidibay and I am writing this letter to express my profound gratitude to all sponsors and the Desert Flower Foundation’s team for their generous support. Without your help, my little daughter Claudia could not go to school because I could not afford it.
Claudia is only five years old and is currently in the second class of nursery school in Freetown. She really enjoys attending school and shares with me her numerous adventures experienced there with her new friends every day. I am very glad that my daughter can learn and play with peers. Claudia was always a very active and cheerful child and now has a chance to let off some steam having fun with other children.
MbF: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE “DESERT FLOWER” AND THE BOOKS THAT FOLLOWED? WD: Friends of mine convinced me to write a book about my life. They supported me through the process. Afterwards, no publisher wanted my story. I almost printed the book on my own expenses and giving it free of charge to schools and universities. In the end a publisher in New York bought the script and sold 12 Million copies. After this every publisher in the world wanted to publish books by me.