Flood Relief in Sierra Leone: 5 prospective organisations to donate to

 

If like thousands of people across the world you have been affected by  images of the aftermath of  recent flooding and landslide in Sierra Leone, and wish to make a contribution, I have listed below five organisations/groups that you could make monetary and non-monetary contributions through. Please note that there are several other groups/organisations who are equally capable of assisting with the process and this is a mere guide. Continue reading “Flood Relief in Sierra Leone: 5 prospective organisations to donate to”

Yak Jones Foundation  donates learning materials to several schools across Sierra Leone

In July 2017 the Yak Jones Foundation  donated a chest of text books, story books, and learning materials to several schools across Sierra Leone including the Free Pentecostal Mission Academy  in Port Loko, the Weslyan Church of Sierra Leone Primary School in Port Loko,  RC Primary School in Bandajuma, and Methodist High School in Bo.  Continue reading “Yak Jones Foundation  donates learning materials to several schools across Sierra Leone”

Watch: Sierra Leonean designer Madam Wokie on CNN African Voices

 

CNN African Voices highlights the continent’s most dazzling trendsetters who create their own subcultures in areas such as travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture. In today’s episode of the show Sierra Leonean designer Mary-Ann Kaikai (my sister) of Madam Wokie was featured. In the segment she shares the history of Madam Wokie, her journey so far and her plans for the future.  Continue reading “Watch: Sierra Leonean designer Madam Wokie on CNN African Voices”

Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it? by Mariama Kamara & Charlotte Taylor

 In March 2017, at the UN’s 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), Practical Action hosted a parallel session exploring Women as Agents of Change in Sustainable Energy Access Value Chains. The session, which heard from Practical Action’s Sudan and East Africa teams, Smiling through Light, Energy Research Institute Sudan and Solar Sister, demonstrated how important investing in women’s potential as entrepreneurs, technicians, policy-makers and thought-leaders is to achieving gender-transformative outcomes and more effective energy access approaches for all.  Following from the event, Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director of  Smiling Through Light wrote a blog in collaboration with Charlotte Taylor from Practical Action. Titled ‘Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?’, the  piece discusses the varied and vital roles of women across the sustainable energy access value chain.

Mariama Kamara

The energy sector is traditionally male-dominated with men’s access to better education, skills training, and finance enabling them to develop businesses and access markets that women have often been excluded from as a result of gendered social norms and women’s unpaid care work. Continue reading “Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it? by Mariama Kamara & Charlotte Taylor”