Bumpenya. A journey to Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The purpose of www.bumpenya.com (Bumpenya means Lady of Bumpe) is to raise funds to rebuild a boarding school in the village of Bumpe, Sierra Leone, West Africa that was decimated by the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) during the 11 year rebel war.

This site was built to be simple and to let the words and images take you on a journey.

Sierra Leone has seen serious and grotesque human rights violations since 1991 when the civil war erupted. According to Human Rights Watch, over 50,000 people have been killed to date, with over one million people having been displaced.

This is an inspiring project. A story of a girl, Sarah, who was adopted and decided when she was 18 that she wanted to find out who her biological parents were. That question led her to Sierra Leone, West Africa. As it turns out, she is a princess, and this trip changes her life forever.

John Whorle, of the BlackBox Experiment, decided to capture this journey and make a documentary to share with the world in effort to shed light on the area. This site tied with the documentary has a 2 fold purpose. One is to raise funds for the production of the film “Bumpenya” and the other is to give funds back to the area to help re-build Bumpe High School.

Bumpe High School was first built in 1963 but was ransacked and burned during the decade long rebel war. Sarah’s father, Joseph Kposowa, is now the headmaster and Joseph could not in good conscience turn is back on his broken school to take on the role of Paramount Chief. Not to mention his father Chief Francis Kposowa was one of the High School’s founding fathers.

So visit this site. It might change your life too.

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  • http://myspace.com/ruthgreenwood Ruth Greenwood

    It’s a beautifully done site for a great cause, really wonderful work.

  • Danna Sickler

    This is absolutely amazing — a fairy tale story come true. I’m very very impressed.