August
21
2017

Composting, Sierra Leone

Farmers in West Africa See the Power and Business Potential of Compost

When developing countries face disease and war that wipe out huge percentages of a population, generational knowledge is lost, and can no longer be passed down. Many times, outsiders with good intentions arrive to help. But in an effort to improve conditions quickly, the effects of their work are often short-lived. Chemical fertilizers are an… continue reading
August
8
2017

Hero Spotlight: Pastor Gborie Loves His Neighbors with a Servant’s Heart

Some people in leadership positions will “go along to get along,” but true leaders refuse to let go of a vision when they are convicted. Pastor Aiah Mark Gborie ( pronounced bor-ee) is the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Fellowship, the “mega-church” of Lunsar, Sierra Leone. Pastor Gborie initially learned about sustainable conservation agriculture techniques… continue reading
June
30
2017

conservation agriculture plot, Sierra Leone

June 2017 Program Roundup

Bauya & Lunsar, Sierra Leone Program success is seen in different ways and at different speeds in the locations we serve. The Tamaraneh group in Kerefay, Sierra Leone, is an example of wonderful current success by a group of farmers who together work to a high standard to produce a crop of groundnuts. The plot… continue reading
May
16
2017

Blind Farmers, Sierra Leone

Hero Spotlight: Blind Farmers See Through Their Hands, Learn from Experience

For about a year now, Just Hope has been working alongside a group of blind farmers in Sierra Leone who continue to inspire us with their determination and skill. You might remember Amidu “Francis” Kayina, the blind chaplain at the Baptist Eye Hospital in Lunsar, who is a powerful local champion for the blind being… continue reading
April
24
2017

Sierra Leone, road

Turning Theory Into Reality: Vanderbilt Student Reflects on Lessons Learned in Sierra Leone

Josiah Holland, a Vanderbilt Human and Organizational Development student currently interning with Just Hope, recently returned from a trip to Sierra Leone with David Reeves, our Agriculture and VSLA Program Manager. He shares about his experience below. Driving along well-worn, dirt roads in Sierra Leone, I came to better understand a reality generally true for… continue reading
April
24
2017

Seed Loaning Program is a Game Changer for Farmers in Sierra Leone

In agriculture-based economies like Bauya and Lunsar, Sierra Leone, seeds are a form of currency. They can be used to buy and sell, and they can be saved for future planting seasons. However, in the communities where we serve, it’s uncommon to find a farmer who can successfully save enough seeds from one harvest to plant… continue reading
February
22
2017

The All-Woman Groundnut Plot Results Are In!

In international development work, it’s widely accepted that empowering women should be a deliberate strategy with any approach. Regardless of the lack of official power that women hold in various countries around the world, the practical power they have in their households and communities is undeniable. Several women in the countries we serve are emerging as… continue reading
February
14
2017

Alfred Matita, Bauya, Sierra Leone

Hero Spotlight: Alfred “Africa” Mattia, Overcoming Obstacles and Reaping Rewards

Alfred Mattia, known in his community as “Africa,” is Bauya’s official Town Crier, spreading important community news from household to household. To supplement his income, he farms – and has been one of the most passionate and engaged learners we have come across at Just Hope. “Africa” lives with a deformed arm and leg that… continue reading