A handful (A LOT, actually) of pictures from my trip to Sierra Leone with Shine on Sierra Leone.
When I tell people I went to Sierra Leone, some ask exactly where it is. I myself had to look on a map before booking my tickets. Horrible, considering I started college as a Geography major! Anyhow, in case you are wondering where it is, it’s right here.
We spent half the trip in the diamond region of Kono.
Shine on Sierra Leone focuses on empowering people through education.
The 11-year long Sierra Leone Civil War resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools. In 2006, Shine on Sierra Leone built a school with the community and named it Muddy Lotus. It is now one of the top 10 schools in the country!
First day at arriving at Muddy Lotus. I’ve never had such a warm welcome by strangers in my life! I wish I had more pictures from this moment but I was too busy taking it in…and crying.
We all got to teach for a couple days. My sister taught grammar. Her teaching style reminded me so much of our mom. I giggled.
Chad & Fallon taught the kids yoga and they LOVED it.
Stephanie brought shirts for her class to draw on. Creativity . . . very important!
Rosario did a lot of reading. She is responsible for starting a fantastic library at the school!
This was my class – Kindergarten. Aren’t they CUTE?! I just about died.
Thank you Tiffany, for snapping this.
I really connected with Fanta – a beautiful 11 year old. Eager to learn, sweet as can be, and she took such great care of her little brother. She was going home from school and I thought this was the last time I was going to see her, but she actually came back with her mom because she really wanted me to meet her. It was the sweetest thing.
Tara came to visit the school 6 months prior and substituted a class for a teacher who was pregnant. The teacher was so thankful that she named the baby after her. This was their first time meeting.
Our visit to the local maternity ward. Dr. Dan is the man.
Tiffany with Dr. Barry.
Some day time dancing and celebration.
Rosario’s mom (“Big Mama”) loving her life.
Road trip. Heading west to John Obey Beach.
John Obey Beach – a little slice of Paradise. I’ve already decided that I’m going to shoot a wedding here. Any takers?
We stayed at TribeWanted‘s eco-friendly village. These were our rooms! I felt like an African Smurf.
Bucket showers never felt so good.
Can you see the two tiny boats? There was a fishing village next door. The fisherman go out everyday before sunset.
He was making fun of me…
Mark, the manager at TribeWanted, hard at work.
More yoga on the beach.
I swear my sister was going to put her in a suitcase and bring her home.
Momo got a boo boo.
Tara is planning to bring Momo to London for a summer to see if he likes it!
Last day – we hiked to Black Johnson Beach.
Besides all the obvious beauty you experience while traveling, nothing compares to the bonding.
Life changing trip. I see the world with new eyes and am very thankful for the experience. Thanks to everyone who shared it with me.
Fact: It was I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E to take a bad picture at Chandra & Tony’s wedding! Everything looked like it exploded out of an Anthropologie catalog. Picture perfect.
Thanks to Style Me Pretty for doing a feature. :) You can check out the article here.
Chandra was her own florist (Chandra Abel Designs)! It’s crystal clear that she puts 110% into what she does. I love witnessing PASSION and CREATIVITY.
Very efficient, these ladies.
Why are suspenders so cute?!
Loading up the big balloons to head to the first-look!
It’s always funny watching the guys wait around.
Tony was so happy to finally see her. I was a little worried for Chandra because I thought she might get pummeled! He was REALLY excited, and his reaction made us all cry.
This photo cracks me up.
Watching guests arrive.
They played Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” as she walked down the aisle. Wah!
Shannon from All You Need Is Love Events. They did an AMAZING job! Great team that day.
The food was yummy. Can you tell? Catering by Jock of Stalker’s Fine Foods.
You know that feeling when everything just clicks? That was this day.