At 6:45 this morning there was a knock on the door. There was a friend wanting to talk to "Elder Carley". Don visited with him and the man wanted Don to go with him to help settle a domestic/business dispute. Don counseled with the man and sent him on his way. He was not going to get in the middle of it.
At 9:00 we went to the PVA to pick up Saidu Thoronka to go visit a school that wants
handicap ramps and toilets. We were just leaving when President Sesay (the district
president) called and said he was at the PVA and wanted Elder Carley to come and have
a discussion with him and a man in the community but who is also a member of the
Church. We were going out the exit and President Sesay was going in the entrance
and there is a building separating the two. So we went around the building and back
into the compound. The man is a man who is probably the wealthiest man in the entire
PVA. He owns a tailor shop, has 3 men working for him, he has a car, and you see him
all over downtown Freetown. But somehow he thinks we should pay for his children's
school fees, get him a generator, new sewing machines, material, supplies and build
him a new building. He was given a generator and his children's school fees were paid
by a previous humanitarian couple and he spoiled the generator by not taking care of it.
He was trying to use President Sesay to get us to provide these things for him. It was
not a pleasant meeting. We are not going to fund this man.
We went over to the school that wants handicapped ramps and handicapped toilets. It
is a very worthwhile project and the school leaders have thoroughly thought through
their ideas. We will start collecting the contractors etc. and get some bids. While
there, I was approached by a man who has a terrible toothache. The whole side of his
face was very swollen. He wanted 40,000 Leones to go to the dentist to get medication
to reduce the swelling and to have his tooth pulled.
It was brought to our attention by our site manager of the New England Site #1 & #2
that things were not right on Site #2. The work of the platform, basement, and
plumbing were complete but the vendor says the Milla Tank would not be available for
4 more days (Friday). We had already paid for the Milla Tank and was guaranteed the
tank was available. There was no reason for the Milla Tank not to be delivered. We
have the performance invoice and the signed receipt from the vendor saying he had
received the money. We gave the vendor until Friday to produce the Milla Tank. He
was not able to produce it. We gave them until today (Monday) at noon to produce it.
He was not able to produce it. The Site Manager indicated that he felt there was a
money issue. We asked the contractors to come in this afternoon to discuss this issue.
In attendance were Elder and Sister Carley, humanitarian couple, the site manager, the
vice-chairman of the community, and the partner of the contractor (the contractor has
an absessed tooth and was at the dentist). It was a very intense meeting. We started
and ended with prayer. Don asked for the truth. The workers were not being paid and
threatened to stop work. Instead of coming to us to get the labor payment we owed
them, they went back to the vendor who sold them the Milla tank and requested the
money back and then used that money to pay the workers. They were intending on
using the labor payment to pay the vendor for the Milla tank. The timing of them
requesting the money from the vendor and receiving the money for the labor did not
coincide so the vendor did not get money for the tank. We were very relieved that the
money for the Milla tank stayed within the project and there was no theft. Unpleasant
consequences were given for the manipulation of money and keeping the truth from
us. But, they are temporary and a spirit of honesty and trust is being developed.
9:00 this evening there was a knock on the door. There was a woman wanting to talk to
me. We sat together and she bore her soul to me. She is so depressed and feels so
hopeless she is suicidal. Her problems are too big for an untrained person, such as
myself. I asked her if she would accept some professional help. She said she would. I
told her I would get a contact for her tomorrow and e-mail it to her.