Wuya and Amie are neighbors living in Majoe, a small village in Kailahun District, Eastern Sierra Leone. As in many villages, the people of Majoe exhibit strong bonds between community members. They believe that harmony and kindness are qualities shared not only to your direct family members, but also friends and neighbors. In Majoe and […]
Morning (4:30-10:30): It is still dark outside at 4:30am when Peter J. Bokarie, known affectionately as PJB in his home village of Mamboma, wakes andprepares himself for theday to come. PJB starts his day with morning prayers at the nearby church, where he also serves as a pastor. He then returns home to his […]
Pejewa has experienced difficulties mobilizing to contribute to development. Historically, only the leaders or NGOs have determined who would be involved in the development process. The prevailing sentiment in the community is that their community development pace has been very slow as a result of exclusion and the lack of recognition of the strength of […]
In Sierra Leone, as many other African countries, women traditionally are not allowed to address communal meetings that include the chiefs and elders of their community. It was seen as a taboo for women to be recognized in community gatherings. OVP’s intervention has totally changed the mentality of community leaders over such beliefs and we […]
In rural Sierra Leone, like many communities around the world, families experience frequent sickness due largely to cross contamination between livestock and food, as well as poorly ventilated cooking areas. Wanting to improve the well-being of their families and the community as a whole, villagers in Yandohun identified health as the community’s priority issue to […]
After working with OVP to plan, budget, and construct their projects, the villages of Gbeka, Grima, and Mamboma have officially launched their sanitation based community projects. Handover ceremonies took place in each community to celebrate their projects are completely in the hands of the community. Below are photos from each community’s ceremony. Click on the pictures to […]
In the village of Pujehun, two families were affected by the Ebola outbreak. As a result, the village was quarantined, and people were prohibited from visiting their farms during critical planting times. Many families had a poor harvest and were concerned about food security during the upcoming “hungry season.” During a special community planning session, community […]
In 2014, OVP selected Bockarie Boyah and 11 of his peers for training and a volunteer leadership role in designing and implementing a solution to the community’s number one priority: stopping the spread of sickness. This played a very instrumental role in their fight against Ebola.