The United Brothers and Sisters of Sierra Leone (UBSSL) is a volunteer-based registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with its members residing primarily in Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. UBSSL focuses on the unification, growth, educational and economic well being of Sierra Leoneans at home and in the United States of America.
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UBSSL endeavors to bring Sierra Leoneans together for the economic benefit of all. We invite individuals, organizations, and corporations to create partnerships with Sierra Leone to reach our ultimate goal of being a peaceful, prosperous, and powerful Sierra Leone. Here in the USA, funding will be used to promote and teach some of Sierra Leone’s culture to the local community and render financial assistance in the form of scholarships to the deserving students in need in Sierra Leone.
We strive to inspire the community to participate in the efforts of helping the poor in Sierra Leone by delivering a message of hope that lifts spirits and touch hearts. UBSSL will work towards creating a bridge from Sierra Leone to the United States of America over which investment, tourism, education, healthcare, clean water and other vital needs can traverse freely to the immediate benefit of the Country of Sierra Leone and the ultimate benefit of the entire world.
We envision the development of a global Sierra Leone society that nurtures and celebrates the genius that lives in all of Sierra Leone’s children, wherever they may live, for the ultimate benefit of us all.
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PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Our current focus is to provide educational scholarships to academically distinguished & financially needy students in Sierra Leone. We are also seeking strategic partnerships to support Sierra Leone’s water infrastructure one community at a time. Locally, we encourage the learning of Sierra Leone’s culture & history by U.S. citizens, and promote active local & national community volunteerism.
Meet our Management Team
Abdul Kassim is serving as President for the 9th consecutive year. Abdul has a M.Sc. Degree from the University of Wales, UK and a M.A. degree from California State University, San Bernardino. His leadership skills have infused a renewed spirit of community activism and inspired a new generation Sierra Leonean humanitarian ambassadors. Abdul is married his beautiful wife, Millicent and is blessed with four children.
Alhaji Ansu Fofana is our current Vice President. He graduated from Cal-Poly University San Luis Obispo, CA with an Industrial Engineering degree. For the past 35 years, he worked in the private sectors of the Aerospace and Defense Industries in several Senior Engineering roles. He retired in 2015 after working for the City of La Habra as Sr. Bldg. Inspector. He is also a licensed General “B” Contractor with several Building Inspector certifications. Alhaji Ansu is married to his beautiful and wonderful wife, Kumba, who surprised him last year with an everlasting gift by sending him to Hajj. They have four wonderful adult children. Alhaji Ansu is a community leader who believes in sharing with others, especially the less fortunate ones.
Juana Aruna is the current Secretary General. He attended Pendembu Vocational Secondary School (PVSS) and Riverside Community College pursuing degree in Nursing. Juana is blessed with three children and married to his beautiful wife, Seray. Juana believes in fairness and justice for all.
Idris Amara is the current Financial Secretary. He is married to his beautiful wife, Martha with three children. Idris attended Christ The King College (CKC) BO and Fourah Bay College (USL), Freetown.. Mr. Amara’s hopes that we will soon be able to significantly impact academic institutions in Sierra Leone by not only providing scholarships to students but to use the digital technology to link universities and colleges in Sierra Leone to libraries of universities in USA. This will make learning and research easy for the coming generations.
Bunting Smith is the current Social Secretary. He attended Bishop Johnson Memorial School, Freetown, where he was a Head Boy. Bunting has a B.A. degree from Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow. He is married to his beautiful wife, Florence with two lovely children. He believes in; free education up secondary (high) school, giving others the opportunity to succeed (I am my brothers’ keeper), which will make this world a better place.