Back home from Sierra Leone, safe and sound

14 Aug

Journal #8

The whole team is now back in their respective homes, resting for a few days before starting again with their studies and jobs. The 2011 expedition to Yele has been a great success, and many of the objectives have been reached.

Enjoying the last days in Sierra Leone

The team’s last days were spent in Freetown, finishing up the last details.The trip from Yele to the capital was long and rainy, and the roads that seemed so much improved a month earlier, now seemed deteriorated by the strong rains. This, however, did not stop the team from having dinner on the beach, enjoying exotic plates such as grilled barracuda with coconut sauce!

Antal and Tori playing with children in Yele

Beach in Freetown

Meeting with Ecboank

Last Monday and Tuesday, Tori and Antal left Africa to head back to the US and Holland, respectively. The rest stayed another 2 days in Freetown, where they had a final meeting with representatives of Ecobank. To get there, they had asked a person on the street for directions, who pointed to a soldier who signaled them to follow him. He took them to the Ecobank building, which was shut down due to a fire alarm. However, he told them to follow him inside, oblivious to the smell of smoke and charred walls. “No problem, sir”. In spite of the peculiar situation, the team members followed him up to the person they were going to meet. The encounter with Ecobank was efficient, as they confirmed they wanted to set up a branch in the eLuma.

Streets of Freetown

Finally, on Wednesday, Paul and Mauricio finished up the last tasks, and enjoyed the beach after a hard day’s work. In their last evening, they ventured into the city to discover it’s nightlife…


eLuma bottle openers to support Project Yele

The team has acquired 50 traditional bottle openers to sell to Project Yele’s friends and supporters. The openers cost 3$, and all the money goes straight to funding for this project. Plus, they are a perfect and original gift! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact us at

If you wish to know more about Project Yele or to contact the team, please visit the website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Also have a look at our Photo Gallery!


One Response to “Back home from Sierra Leone, safe and sound”

  1. John Chappelear December 25, 2011 at 19:24 #

    What a great thought.
    I really appreciate your perspective.
    John Chappelear

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