Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sierra Leone does have great things to offer...

After reading my previous blog entry you might wonder what this country has to offer. Well, it is true that the infrastructure is poor. Basic healthcare is far from reality for most, many do not have access to clean water, electricity is scarce in most places but at least in Freetown it is finally becoming a somewhat regular concept for people since the elections (regular meaning electricity at least once a week, but not every day!), the roads in many places are poor (although I must say I was quite impressed with the road to Kabala!) and again, the list goes on.

However, I do think there is HOPE. People are trying to make a difference. But it takes time. I found out recently that the ‘Corruption Watchdog Transparency International’ ranks Sierra Leone among the world’s most corrupt countries. No wonder there are so many problems. Fortunately President Koroma has made strong statements about fighting corruption. Let’s hope for a better Sierra Leone. Let’s hope for wise decision making, honesty and integrity.

In the meantime, there are still many things to enjoy. The country is beautiful with it’s gorgeous beaches, amazing mountains and hills, spectacular waterfalls, friendly faces and heartwarming children. It is a country I love for many reasons, and a place that I want to see thrive. Pictures above were taken a few weeks ago at Charlotte Falls, about a 30 minute drive from our house.

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