We currently have three ! volunteers in Sierra Leone, scaling up our programs there. Chris Harbert-Erceg is about four months into a twelve-month stay. His focus is on our One-day repair workshops for discounted bikes, (like Ghana), but he’s also simply our all-around programs coordinator.
Also in Salone, we have a Learn-to-Ride program in the schools, teaching girls how to ride. And, for those who live far from school, we have Bicycle Libraries loaning bikes to students. Volunteer Charlotte Fagan, who arrived on News Years Eve, is improving L2R and the Libraries. She joins us for a three-month stint on a Watson Fellowship. Previously she led programs to empower women with bicycles in Quito, Ecuador. While a very different experience, Charlotte is a great asset to our SL programs.
Chris recently sent us some photos! from Lunsar, where most of our school programs are centered.
Adamasay is one of the recipients of a library bike from A.D. Wurie secondary school. She used to walk 6 miles each direction to school.
Basitah is one of the kindergartners at Guadalupe primary, participating in Learn-to-Ride there. Once she has mastered balance and steering, we’ll put the pedals back on. Now in our fourth year at Guadalupe, we’ve taught dozens of little ones to ride, a skill that stays with them.
Fatmata on day one of Learn-to-Ride at AD Wurie secondary school.
Awarding five Library bikes at The Door Secondary school. Pictured are L2R instructor Kadiatu Kabia, (far left), VBP bike mechanic and trainer Karim Kamara (in the red shirt), and at far right, Kim Reid, our newest L2R volunteer.