Along with selecting new students, we are also increasing our incentive for our students to give back to the villages. In Sierra Leone it is common for college students to cut ties with the rural areas of the county. We are changing this norm by encouraging our students to support their villages. Our students are now required to spend their summers in villages helping with children’s education, the village physical and nutritional needs as well as offering literacy programs for adults and youth.
I was able to find a literacy instructor to train our students and prepare them to teach in the village. The train the trainer program started on July 14th and the actual literacy training in the village on July 20th 2015. In addition to teaching literacy, the students are asked to work on a development project that would help the village bring income for the common needs of the village such as repair of the water well, the roof of the school, etc.
All our village development work is now delegated to the students as part of their contribution to their communities. We are increasing our impact with a lot less of our direct involvement. By delegating more responsibilities to our brilliant college students so much more work gets done.