I’m back from a month in Sierra Leone with lots of news to share. My main purpose in going was to be part of a meeting to publicly launch the Center for Community Empowerment & Transformation in Rotifunk. Gov’t officials, journalists and chiefdom leaders were all impressed with CCET programs to reduce poverty through education and economic empowerment with village tree planting. These programs were described as unique in Sierra Leone in being totally grassroots conceived and led. They do not come from Gov’t or NGO initiatives. I was honored to give the keynote address, representing Sherbro Foundation and our role as a partner organization.
I see and learn new things on each trip to Sierra Leone. This one was full of experiences for me. I witnessed newborn baby naming ceremonies and a traditional wedding, saw the rice harvest at one of the ten biggest rice farms in the country, and learned a lot about the role of paramount chiefs in contemporary Sierra Leone. I got project status updates, interviewed 37 new adult literacy students on their lives and hopes for the future, met families of girl scholarship students, watched the tree nursery grow to 8000 seedlings and work in progress to annually double that by planting season, and saw the computer lab running and adults taking their very first computer lessons so they can train others.
So, stay tuned to this blog at www.sherbrofoundation and Sherbro Foundation’s Facebook page to hear more. The amount of work done in the last eight months is impressive. You can see what’s possible with your donations and support. It takes so little to make a very big difference in people’s lives in this small rural community in Sierra Leone.