A handful (A LOT, actually) of pictures from my trip to Sierra Leone with Rosario Dawson and Shine on Sierra Leone.
When I tell people I went to Sierra Leone, some ask exactly where it is. In case you are wondering where, it’s right here.
We spent half the trip in the diamond region of Kono.
Shine on Sierra Leone focuses on empowering people through education.
The 11-year long Sierra Leone Civil War resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools. In 2006, Shine on Sierra Leone built a school with the community and named it Muddy Lotus. It is now one of the top 10 schools in the country!
First day at arriving at Muddy Lotus. I’ve never had such a warm welcome by strangers in my life. I wish I had more pictures from this moment but I was too busy taking it in…and crying.
We all got to teach for a couple days. Chad & Fallon taught the kids yoga and they LOVED it.
This was my class – Kindergarten. Aren’t they CUTE? I just about died.
My sister taught grammar. Her teaching style reminded me of our mom. I giggled.
Because of Rosario, the school now has a library.
I really connected with Fanta – a beautiful 11 year old. Eager to learn, sweet as can be, and she took great care of her little brother. She was going home from school and I thought this was the last time I was going to see her, but she actually came back with her mom because she really wanted me to meet her. It was the sweetest thing.
Tara came to visit the school 6 months prior and substituted a class for a teacher who was pregnant. The teacher was so thankful that she named the baby after her. This was their first time meeting.
Our visit to the local maternity ward. Dr. Dan is the man.
Rosario’s mom (“Big Mama”) loving her life.
Road trip. Heading west.
John Obey Beach – a little slice of Paradise.
We stayed at TribeWanted‘s eco-friendly village. These were our rooms. 🙂
Bucket showers never felt so good.
He was making fun of me…
Mark, the manager at TribeWanted, hard at work.
I swear my sister was going to put her in a suitcase and bring her home.
Momo got a boo boo.
Last day – we hiked to Black Johnson Beach.
Besides all the obvious beauty you experience while traveling, nothing compares to the bonding.
Life changing 2 weeks. I see the world with new eyes and am very thankful for the experience. Thanks to everyone who shared it with me.