Kenema City, Kenema District, Sierra Leone
Friday, July 21, 2017
by Alberta Watta Abu
I am Alberta Watta Abu. I am a Sierra Leonian of course. I was born in 1990, and my educational level is that of a BSc holder in Banking and Finance. Currently I am working on my MBA in Marketing at Njala University at Bo Campus. I started surveying by working with Sierra Leone Red Cross Society as a Communications Officer during the Ebola scourge.
For the past three years I’ve been working for communities doing community sensitization and mapping for both the SCRCS and MSF. Especially, I’ve been out to the border districts—Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Pujehun, Kambia, Koinadugu, and Bombali. I also served as a Field Team Leader for Pujehun and Kenema.
Currently, I’m working for WAMM mapping Kenema and Kailahun districts as a Crew Leader.
I like working for humanity—especially for children. For WAMM, I find we are having a very good mapping system. The questions are short, and to the point, without any time wasted. I’m learning more about my country because I’m visiting places I’ve never been before. It has made me realize that Wonder and Gorama Mende [Cheifdoms in Kenema District] have so many forests and water.
The people in the villages are really appreciative of the project because some communities are not on the map. Some of them have changed names, some villages have actually moved locations from one place to another. This project can help the whole country, and other countries as well. The names of villages will be known, and sometimes the meaning of the name tells about the history of the village!
I hope this project will not only do Kenema and Kailahun, because I think some of the other Districts might have the same problems with change of names and locations, or not even being shown on any map.