Yesterday, November 1st, BADP Sierra Leone Director Daniel Koroma held a town hall meeting with select Bumpeh Academy staff and local community leader Ms Kaimbay. The purpose: providing all parents of Bumpeh Academy Secondary School with up-to-date information about the upcoming school water well project.
Mr Koroma’s brief introduction was followed by a speech from Ms Kaimbay, the Director of the Community Center for Empowerment and Transformation (CCET) in Rotifunk. CCET is a close ally of and partner organization for BADP, having provided safe transfer of funds for projects in the past, logistical support for construction, and even allowed BADP to use the Rotifunk community center free of charge to run teacher training workshops in December of 2017.
With the water well for Bumpeh Academy expected to begin shortly, both Mr Koroma and Ms Kaimbay talked in length about the project’s timeline and how BADP and the Bumpeh Academy community, with the assistance of CCET, plan on closely monitoring and evaluating the progress of the project over the coming 4-5 months.
Constructing a water well is BADP’s most immediate project, and the most immediate need for the rapidly growing Bumpeh Academy. Both Bumpeh and the nearby Evangelical Model Primary School are both located a half kilometer outside of Rotifunk and have no current source of fresh water. The combined almost 750 students and staff of both schools either have to walk back into town for water, or to the nearby village of Saima, another half kilometer down the road from Bumpeh Academy. As such, sanitation and basic health measures are currently very difficult to maintain on the premises of either school.
To close the meeting, Mr Koroma expressed his appreciation to the parents for their continued investment and work in building a school that meets their desires and their children’s needs for education. The parents and families of Bumpeh Academy are the silent backbone of all projects undertaken by the school, and a massive area of support for BADP as well. Their goals and needs are ultimately the driving force behind everything that the school does, their investment, whether of time, labor or funding is the single greatest factor in all project successes. Nothing we’ve accomplished at BADP would be remotely possible without the commitment of the Bumpeh community and its parents.