Bafa resort is situated on the island of Dublin, one of three islands comprising the Banana Islands of Sierra Leone, Southwest of the Freetown peninsula. Here, guests can stay in a variety of tents by the sea, and have opportunities to take historic tours of the Island, go hiking, fishing or kayaking.
“Invested in the local community of Dublin”
The community receives development fees on behalf of all the guests who stay at Bafa, and local islanders have priority for all positions as staff. The problem is, since the only school on the island is for young children, many of the adults have not received an education, and cannot speak English very well. I talked to the owner Emily about volunteering as an English teacher for the adults on the Island, as many of them want jobs at Bafa, but need a higher level of literacy.
This is Emily, she’s two. I first met her behind the kitchen playing next to her mother. Her mom, Amie, is peeling oranges, she’s only 22. Amie is from Banana Island and brings Emily to work with her. Emily is good friends with Gabriel, the son of the founder of Bafa. Emily introduced herself to me in both English and Creole, and became quite found of the camera, striking poses with various fruits.