Let's Talk about Doing Business with Sierra Leone
Mrs. Isatu Timbo is a Registered Nurse, a successful business owner of Giddas Home Health Services, Inc., a philanthropist, and Sierra Leone’s Goodwill Ambassador to the United States who takes her post very seriously, making great personal sacrifices to benefit countless numbers of Sierra Leoneans.
For the past ten years, she has provided tremendous much-needed assistance to the nation of Sierra Leone by shipping containers of medical supplies to various hospitals and health centers to her home country.
In order to facilitate these shipments of supplies which included beds, stretchers, wheel chairs, oxygen cylinders, pressure cuffs, stethoscopes as well as medication, Mrs. Timbo established the New Hope Horizon Foundation. Her invaluable support of the government’s health care initiatives under the spearhead of the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, she was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for ABLE International for the West African Continent and an international diplomat appointed by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma. ABLE International is a non-profit charitable organization that assists the implementation of social betterment programs in communities throughout the world.
As a philanthropist, aside from her main mandate of sending medical and school supplies to Sierra Leone, Mrs. Timbo sponsored Muslims to go to Mecca to perform the Hajj, and shipped tons of bags of rice and other commodities to families in the Kalangba, Gbendembu Gowahun and Rokulan metropolises.
n 2014, after learning of the Ebola breakout in Sierra Leone, her compassion for her people was ignited and her heart and soul were gripped with pain by the many people dying. She worked tirelessly calling various organizations and medical institutions asking for help and medical supplies.
When Mrs. Timbo connected with the Houston Methodist Hospital, she found a group of kindred spirits who supported her cause by providing the much-needed supplies.
The supplies were shipped in a 40-foot container before the end of 2014. Unfortunately, the amount of help rendered amounted to only 12% of the consignment sent. Out of the goodness of her heart, Mrs. Timbo used her own resources to pay the balance of the shipment. She never gives up on her people.
In 2015, Mrs. Timbo was honored for her selfless humanitarian work at the First Annual Vigor International Awards in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The culmination of this event was that she was crowned as the 2015 Vigor Awards Ambassador. In 2016, she proudly represented Sierra Leone at the 36th Annual Anaheim Black History Parade in Orange County, California, and the 24th Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival, the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in America and the largest Black History Month event in the United States.
In her determination to help the Ebola widows, Mrs. Timbo works endless hours planning a fundraising gala to be held in the last quarter of 2016 along with the support of a team of elected officials, celebrities, and dedicated volunteers to ensure the widows would not be forgotten and will be self-sufficient to maintain a decent livelihood to take care of their families.
Mrs. Timbo, a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, resides in Southern California but her heart will always belong to Sierra Leone.