Gerihun Center Expansion Campaign
We're excited to announce that our pilot project in Golu was so successful that the local Baoma Chiefdom government has donated a building for a new center in the more populous town of Gerihun (pop. 5000). The location of our new Center is conveniently located central to 15 surrounding villages and attracts rural foot traffic for cross country transportation and commerce. The Gerihun Center gives TVL the opportunity to greatly expand rural reach and impact.
Before the Gerihun Center can be fully operational and self-sustaining, we need to make capital improvements to the building and purchase equipment. Watch our video to get an inside glimpse of the facility, hear from the Paramount Chief and to learn why this is a great opportunity.
Required Capital Improvements
- Repair ceiling and roof;
- Replace windows, door and locks;
- Upgrade latrine facilities;
- Paint interior and exterior.
- 20 Computers;
- 10 Tablets;
- 3 Printers/Photocopiers;
- 1 Laminator;
- Phone Charging Station
- VSat internet installation + 1yr subscription;
- Solar Power;
- Digital Library.
What does this expansion mean for our
rural economic development impact?
1,400% increase in digital literacy reach and impact potential.
Gerihun is in Baoma Chiefdom, located along the country's main highway and central to 15 other nearby villages that use this small town as a hub for commerce during weekly markets every Friday. Gerihun is also the main transportation hub for people looking to go to Bo or Freetown (the two largest cities).
What does all of this mean?
Digital literacy will eventually provide a means for improving the local economy with the ability to sell produce and artisan goods online, access to real-time market data, and to create new jobs in the knowledge economy. This expansion means a potential reach of 15,000+ people living in rural off-grid villages without access to power, internet or digital literacy education. That is a 1,400% increase from our pilot in Golu!
Our social benefit business will be the only one within 12 miles.
The key to long term sustainability with our programs and centers is the development of a social business that both answers a community's needs, has the potential to create new jobs and it is expected that we will see other community development aspects improve.
Up until now the local schools, businesses and government officials have had to travel to Bo (12 miles from Gerihun) for internet and to get printing, photocopying and laminating done. We have partnered with 3 schools around Golu, the 6 schools in Gerihun and local government to be their main service provider for these business services. Once our center is fully operational we will be positioned to reach sustainability within 16-18 months.