I remember exactly what my dad said when I told him I’d be going to Bissau. His response was, “Why? There is nothing there. Come with me to Mauritania instead and you can travel down to Bissau if you want from there.” I was surprised by his response, but once I had committed to the decision to come here, it began to feel so right! It felt like something I needed to do.
Aliesha & friends @ Guinea Bissau Carnival 2013
Now I work for a solar power company called Suntrough Energy that has a partnership with the Bissau-Guinean Government. The solar project will provide a total of 20 Megawatts of power for the entire country (current energy production is only 5 Megawatts). Lack of consistent energy is such a debilitating problem for the country, so this project has become the countries top priority.
Working for this project has supported my stay, and most importantly provided me with many opportunities to learn, grow and experience a different side of Bissau. I started my experience here with week long trips to islands and villages in the far ends of the country. Now I’m attending meetings with the Minister of Energy and working alongside many professionals and government officials. Each day is a new lesson, a new struggle, and a new adventure. I’ve been blogging about it all and I invite you to check it out at my blog: www.sintobissau.blogspot.com
Thank you Aliesha. We look forward to reading more about your journey!