No parent should ever have to bury a child. For most parents who experience that type of loss, the trauma is too much to bear.
Such was the case for Madosu Kanneh and Lancine Fofana, who lost their son Mohamed two years ago. The young boy died after part of a Mississippi River bluff collapsed on him during a fossil hunt. When the ten-year-old child and his friend met an untimely end, Mohamed”s parents had to face something that every parent fears.
Shortly after Mohamed”s funeral, however, the grieving parents discovered something truly remarkable. The discovery was so amazing that it helped them get through the hard times.
Lancine Fofana and Madosu Kanneh of St. Paul, Minnesota, lost their son on May 22, 2013.
Mohamed was searching the banks of the Mississippi River for fossils with his friend on a school trip when a bluff collapsed. The two boys were killed instantly.
After going through Mohamed”s possessions, Madosu discovered her son”s ultimate wish: to build a school in Guinea.
“I would do everything, and I would give money so school kids can read,” wrote Mohamed. “And I would give money to the poor people. I would build soccer fields for schools to play in.”
Mohamed visited Guinea, his father”s home country, in 2010.
It was there that he learned that parents had to send their children far from home if they wanted to get an education, as there were no schools in town.
Thanks to his loving parents, Mohamed”s dream is becoming a reality. The couple decided to use the settlement from Mohamed”s death to build a school in Guinea that will accommodate 400 students.
This is the building”s first cornerstone. The school, which will benefit the town of Siguiri, will also give children access to a soccer field, a basketball court, and a library.
Mohamed”s parents are doing everything they can to honor their son”s wishes. By fulfilling his dreams, they keep his generous spirit alive.
His legacy will be one of compassion, warmth, and kindness.
(via MPR News, Barn Raisings)
Lancine and Madosu are still raising the necessary funds for the completion of Mohamed”s dream school. If you”d like to contribute to the project, visit the fundraising page to help keep this little boy”s dream alive.
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