The Consulate Office was opened as planned on August 19, 2016 and is responsible to protect and promote the interests of Sierra Leone in Los Angeles.
The Consulate will aim to reach out to the general public in Southern California through information and cultural programming . It will follow important political and economic development in Southern California and maintain contacts and liaise with State and Federal Government officials.
The Consulate will look to coordinate closely with the local government in Southern California on Trade promotion matters and will look to identify and encourage companies and individuals interested in Trade and investments in Sierra Leone. The opportunities to do business with Sierra Leone are limitless.
About Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has a tropical climate with a unique landscape, scenery and cultural heritage is waiting to be explored. It has a coastal line of nearly 360 kilometres fringed with beautiful and unspoiled white sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Sierra Leone is a country located in West Africa and bordered by Guinea on the north, Liberia in the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean in the southwest.
In 2013 Sierra Leone has an officially projected population of 6,190,280 and a growth rate of 2.216% a year. English is the official language.
The country offers visitors its historic heritage, exotic flora and fauna, Mountains and natural beauty. A place where the lush green forest spills down hillsides to meet the sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical rain forest is home to some of the rare and endangered species of monkeys, baboons, birds, butterflies and a wide variety of Antelope and Buffalo families.
An ambitious road development programme, linking principal towns and centres throughout the country is opening up new areas of potential tourist interest.
On one of Sierra Leone's lovely beaches, the Lumley beach are modern hotels specially designed for holiday visitors. The hotels have their own cabanas on the beach, restaurants and night clubs and a casino that uniquely stands overlooking one of Sierra Leone's romantic bays.
Sierra Leone is a member of the United Nations.
As a registered nurse, I am a strong advocate for education. Sierra Leone has a shortage of schools and teachers, but not a shortage of willing people who want to learn and live a better quality of life. My mission is to provide educational tools for Sierra Leoneans to elevate their ability for a career in any chosen industry. Additionally, I plan to implement literacy programs; on-the-job training; and vocational programs to address different trades.
Sierra Leone's population is more than 6 million men women, and children. The housing market is a challenge especially for low-income and disabled people. My plan is to provide affordable housing with disabled accessibilty and built in convenient locations in proxity to employment opportunities. Using durable, inexpensive materials, affordable housing is achieveable with the right partners to collaborate on homeownership for the people of Sierra Leone.
My years of experience in home health services has given me the foundation to assist in leading the charge to bring better health preventative care for Sierra Leoneans. I am planning to address the Ebola widows and orphans through a series of initiatives. The epidemic is behind the country but the aftermath has devastated families. It is a top priority to ensure that the survivors are not forgotten.
Sierra Leone's disabled community will also be a focus to provide them with the medical equipment, physical and psychological therapy and other tools to give them the ability to lead a better quality of life. My goal is to help remove the stimga about HIV and AIDS, provide safe sex and celibacy education to decrease the number of cases, as well as help those afflicted with this disease and other infectious diseases with medication, proper nutrition and support groups.
Some of the people of Sierra Leone are farmers and would benefit greatly with the additional resources and training to grow more crops and raise chickens. My goal is to improve agricultural production through sustainable management practices and partnerships with resources from the United States and other countries.
Rice is the staple food of Sierra Leone and is consumed at virtually every meal daily. The rice is prepared in numerous ways, and topped with a variety of sauces made from some of Sierra Leone's favourite toppings, including potato leaves, cassava leaves, okra soup, fried fish and groundnut stew.
Along the streets of towns and cities across Sierra Leone one can find foods consisting of fruit, vegetables and snacks such as fresh mangoes, oranges, pineapple, fried plantains, ginger beer, fried potato, fried cassava with pepper sauce; small bags of popcorn or peanuts, bread, roasted corn, or skewers of grilled meat or shrimp.
WATER AND SOLAR ENERGY
The survival of any country is predicated on the abundance of drinkable water. Sierra Leone borders the Atlantic Ocean and has seven major rivers: the Kolenté (Great Scarcies), Kaba, Rokel, Pampana (Jong), Sewa, Moa, and Mano. There are substantial groundwater resources. However, water is scarce during the dry season: only 11-17 percent of the annual river discharge occurs between December and April, with minimum discharge in April. A sense of urgency is in order to improve clean water sources.
The action plan is to dig protected wells, build a water filtration plant, and install water tanks in homes or in a central location for accessibility.
Energy development has not kept pace with rising demand. My focus is to bring a solar city to Sierra Leone to achieve availability to sustainable and affordable electricity to the country. Clean energy sources are available, such as solar, wind, tidal energy from the influence of the ocean, and bio-energy.
Renewable energy can significantly diminish poverty, for the implementation of clean energy systems has led to improvement in health, and general welfare of the people. Energy can facilitate the development of schools, and help teachers gain access to a wide variety of teaching tools, such as computers and other technology.
The assimilation of these programs also generates employment, and develops empowerment of the people due to a localized level of energy operation
There are unlimited opportunities for businesses to prosper, provide employment for the locals, and be socially responsible. The mining industry of Sierra Leone incudes diamonds, rutile, bauxite, gold, iron and limonite. Finely powdered rutile is a brilliant white pigment and is used in paints, plastics, paper, foods, and other applications that call for a bright white color. Limonite is used for pigments for coloring paint, ink, plastic, fabric, cosmetics, food, and other materials. Bauxite, an aluminium ore, is the world's main source of aluminium.