We aim to bring self-sustaining, locally run resource centers — complete with Internet, revenue sources, computers and e-readers — to underrepresented communities. With each center acting as a conduit for knowledge, driven by local needs, we work with community entrepreneurs and other organizations to create learning hubs that ensure continued literacy. Read More
Our First Project: The Golu Pilot in Sierra Leone
Our pilot project in Sierra Leone addresses basic learning and development needs in the village of Golu. The Sierra Leone Civil War destroyed 1,270 primary schools. While the country has seen dramatic improvement in enrollment levels there remains a tremendous need. Read More
The Value of Human Development
The United Nations Human Development Index measures three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Sierra Leone is one of the lowest countries on the index. Life expectancy at birth is 48 years. Most adults have just over three years of schooling. Almost 80 percent of people live in multidimensional poverty. Rates of illiteracy among adults and youth are extremely high.
Yet one thing the index cannot measure is the powerful, infectious spirit of the people of Sierra Leone. The people are highly resourceful. They simply lack the basic infrastructure to fuel their resourcefulness. We are extremely excited to work with them and invite you to join us.