Jefferson Sumo

Safe Home Children's Village  -  Flehla Town/Liberia


Date of birth: January 29, 2004

Gender:  Male

Country of origin: Liberia

General Health of Child: Normal

Description: Jefferson was brought to safe home after six months in the hospital. We first met Jefferson and we learned he has stayed in the Bush for 6-7 months without any human contact, living on raw food and feeding on animals. He was found by a hunter who later reported it to the town man. It was later gathered that Jefferson's grandmother had willingly thrown him into the forest to die because of his metal conditions.

 

 

 

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About Safe Home children's Village

Safe Home Village was established by Church of Christ evangelist John Travis in 2004 with the help and support of small group of Christian couples that were all young married couples in Kansas City in the 1980's.  This group started a non-profit that partnered with Safe Home Founder John Travis following an introduction by Ron Pottberg, a representative of World Bible School who had known Mr. Travis for some time.

About Liberia

Liberia is a country with a very storied past in that the Republic, which was established in 1847, came to be as the result of slaves who were freed from the U.S. and resettled there in 1822. Liberia is a largely Christian nation with 85.6% being believers in Christ.

Many years of war and the more recent Ebola outbreak has left the infrastructure and economy of Liberia in shambles. That in turn has led to an unemployment rate of 85% and nearly 7 in 10 people living in poverty.

To compound the problems even more, a high fertility rate of 5 children per woman and an already predominantly youthful population of 60% under the age of 25, has led to a very high dependence rate.

Like most countries in poverty, the children there suffer the most. Disease and war have stolen their parents and many suffer unthinkable circumstances as they struggle to survive without parental care.

The young females there are particularly at risk for sexual abuse, trafficking and FGC.