As I begin the long journey back to the United States, I reflect on the experience that I have had visiting Sierra Leone and Kenya. I struggle to find the words to describe the way that I feel after visiting these two beautiful countries for the last 10 days. In each place, I was met with open arms and warm and welcoming hearts, and as I left each place, I left a piece of my heart behind. This experience has left me humbled, happy and excited to return and do more work with t
It’s hard to imagine that early tomorrow morning we will be leaving this beautiful country, Sierra Leone, and its gracious people. We leave to spend a few days with our Kenyan SHGO partners: Bethel School, located in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi; Children’s Garden Orphanage in Uthirui; and the FOCUS Dream Center. Today we began our morning with a return visit back to the Zion-Bo School, which we developed with our partner Zion Ministries and our donor partners in Massachusett
It's Sunday in Bo, Sierra Leone, and we attended services headed by Pastor Michael and Cynthia Kanu. Service in this particular Assembly of God congregation is filled with music, dance, and devotional readings and other expressions of this particular faith. This can be a bit unsettling to American visitors who might be more accustomed to more somber religious traditions, but our SHGO team jumped right into the celebratory atmosphere. Later we talked about viewing a different
Blog entry for January 5, 2018 See more photos here An amazing day today with our SHGO team walking for hours into the bush (jungle) beyond our Bandawa campus to visit 6 villages; Bandatown, Gborbu, Tobu, Boiama, Falla and Komende. We walked over jungle trails that villagers have worn into deep ruts over decades of time, as we made our way through the 96 degree heat to each village to see the wells that we have built in conjunction with our partner, Zion Ministries. Over the
It’s good to be back in Sierra Leone where Seven Hills Global Outreach, (SHGO) our international affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, has been working since 2010. Our SHGO team for this trip includes Peter Demko from our Seven Hills Advancement Office, Isaac Croteau who works at Stetson School, and one of my stellar students from Clark University, and Carmen Wise who is making her second trip with SHGO.
The team safely arrived last evening after a long flight from Boston