As a U.S. based all-volunteer nonprofit, we partner with Sierra Leone community organizations to complete projects. We support locally based groups in achieving their goals to strengthen and develop their communities.
Founder Arlene Golembiewski’s work in Rotifunk and Bumpeh chiefdom started with the Prosperity Girls High School, the first all-girls secondary school in the chiefdom. PGHS was founded in 2009 and was expanding quickly. Her aim to encourage girls in secondary education found fertile ground by partnering with PGHS on specific mutually agreed objectives like a scholarship fund for school fees in 2011.
With formation of Sherbro Foundation, this has expanded to a scholarship fund that is eligible to girls from all four secondary schools in Rotifunk. The Center for Community Empowerment and Development now manages the scholarship fund and other community development projects in Bumpeh Chiefdom. The PGHS teachers founded this “community based organization” and are volunteering their efforts in the Center to improve the community. Other competencies they’re working on are adult literacy and computer literacy.
Sherbro Foundation works closely with organizations to first understand community needs, and then define clear and achievable project objectives we can work on together. By partnering with well regarded local organizations to deliver projects, Sherbro Foundation is able to avoid overhead and ensure every dollar we contribute goes directly to grass roots rural development.