Everyone loves superheroes. Most kids want to be a superhero at some point in their lives. One kid did grow up to become a real-life superhero. The kid grew up to become known as Lion Heart.
Americans have never heard of Lion Heart. Lion Heart started to appear a few weeks ago in Monrovia, Liberia. Since that time, Lion Heart has helped the local villages as well.
One local villager, Phillip Kanneh, is an old friend and business partner who I was able to interview to find out about Lion Heart. Kanneh is one of a few people whom Lion Heart has taught so that they too can go out and help the villagers. Phillip Kanneh regularly sees Lion Heart and is continually taught more. He was able to ask Lion Heart for information for this article too.
Lion Heart has been teaching people simple things that have a profound impact on their lives. Lion Heart has taught villagers many ways to improve their health and sanitation. One example of of this is his telling the villagers that they need to boil local river water before they drink it. Another lesson he teaches villagers is that they should not cook with an open flame indoors. He even has to teach people not to eat or drink after sick family members. In some cases, Lion Heart has been able to teach people how to save the life of a dying family member. Lion Heart has already helped saved lives. It is impossible to say how many lives will be saved by following his advice.
Lion Heart also teaches ways for local farmers to improve their crops. He has also taught people the tricks that human traffickers use to enslave people. He fights disease, crime, and poverty all at the same time. He has been learning what the people need as he serves the them. He is continuing to add and improve on what he teaches based on the local needs.
Lion Heart has created a grassroots movement. After teaching people, he asks that they tell others. Most people tell friends, family, and some tell entire villages. A few have asked him to teach them so they can teach others. Lion Heart has a loyal and growing following in Liberia.
Lion Heart is an inspiration to the community. His community’s willingness to help others should be an inspiration to everyone. Even those in the humblest of circumstances are able to reach out and help others. Improving and even saving lives may not be his biggest contribution. Perhaps his biggest contribution is the hope and inspiration he offers.
With all that Lion Heart has been doing, it is likely that we will be hearing more about him soon. Some people might question if Lion Heart is a superhero. Does it matter? Saving lives makes him a hero. You can’t save the world if you don’t try.
Kanneh, Phillip. Personal Interview. 25 Oct. 2010