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I met Alie in 2003, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was about 14 years old then, an amazing youth filled with unlimited potential and faith. Alie lived in a small shack with his large family in the docks neighborhood (the docks are never the good area of town) in Freetown, Sierra Leone (the poorest, least developed, least live-able nation on earth at the time). To this day, the vast majority of the people have no electricity or plumbing, they cannot read or write, they cannot add or subtract 2 digit numbers accurately with any consistency. I am not insulting them, I am explaining their situation. Today they are ranked 184 out of 187 nations on the UN Human Development Index Report.i predict Alie Smart (who has never played TW before this world, who never even owned a computer before Christmas) will soon be one of the most familiar names in TW
I was 30 years old when we met and I began, at that time, to do humanitarian work in Sierra Leone. I involved Alie as much as I could. In 2007, I started a small business for him and taught him to keep books and budget finances. Then I started a charity for him to operate. It was a very petty charity financed exclusively by myself, my mother and my best friend. We rented a few rooms for disabled people, bought chickens for them and built chicken coops, laid a cement floor for a man with polio who could not use his wheelchair in the soft dirt where he lived, fixed a leaky roof that dripped on a grandmother's head when she slept, etc. Alie was 18, we were strictly small scale. He has continued through the years to work with 2 orphanages I helped start, as well as many other NGO's and projects.
Today, he is ready to start an orphanage himself and just brokered a deal on the Tribal Wars Orphans' home...
With our house in order, the foundation of our plans are established. As you can hear in the video, we plan to have the orphanage registered next month, take possession of the home in April, and in May the orphanage will hopefully be fully operational, or we will be looking at June. We will then teach the Tribal Wars Orphans to use computers and the internet (something no primary or secondary schools in Sierra Leone offer, only Uni's), we will teach them English skills and encourage their social interaction with people from all over the world, we will teach math skills + time management = efficiency, we will teach them to communicate and coordinate with people from all around the world in a structured teamwork environment. We will teach them all this while playing a game. We will teach the Tribal Wars Orphans to play Tribal Wars.
As is mentioned in the video, we are not accepting investments at this time. We are not soliciting for donations, we are explaining who we are. We are a tribe of a heroes, a tribe of oprhans.
I could simply post to our profile, but when I made the prediction about Alie, it provoked a lot of discussion which was off topic in that thread. The demand for a thread for this topic has already been established, long before this world began in fact. This is where, when, how and why the story (the what) begins. This is where I will address, as time permits, enquiries and debates. This is where I expect Alie will soon make his first post. This is the thread. We will see what tapestry it weaves. :icon_wink: