May 2012 – Guiledje, Guinea Bissau. Talks are under way for a  new school for the village

Guiledje is a Fula village at the crossroads. It is about an hour from Quebo (Quebo is about 3 hrs from the capital of Bissau). There are 5 ethnic groups in the area  which has around  33 villages with approximately 16,000 people.

For more info on Guiledje, see my blog


July 2012 – The well is complete

No more walking for water in Djati, Guinea Bissau

April 2012 – New Well for Djati (in progress)

For more info on the well click here


February 2012 – New School for Djati

Build a new School for $10,000 
There were 100 students who attended a school made form sticks and hay. Each year during the rainy season the structure is washed away and has to be rebuilt. The new school has 2 classrooms plus rooms for teachers to stay. Plans for the future include expansion to add 2 more classrooms to provide education for children from near by villages
Building Construction    $3,000
Desks                               $2,000
School Supplies              $1,000
Latrine                              $2,000
Uniforms                          $2,000

Students attend classes

Djati, Guinea Bissau is located about 160 mi from the capital city of Bissau and has a population of about 1,000.

Old School in Djati

New School in Djati


March 2011 Little Dresses for Africa project involved volunteers from across the country who made 125 handmade dresses out of pillowcases and fabric. Girls in Guinea Bissau are second class citizens and the majority of them have only 1 change of clothing, which they wear until it is in shreds. The dresses we made were shipped to Casa Emanuel Orphanage in Guinea Bissau, W Africa by Rachel O’Neil, founder of Little Dresses for Africa. Because of poverty and the current political instability in the country, it took 4 months for the dresses to arrive.

U.S girls at project wrap fashion show modeling dresses before shipment to Africa

You can imagine my joy, when the girls at the orphanage greeted me wearing the dresses upon my arrival in Guinea Bissau in February 2012.



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