Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Senuyaa: To Purify

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Lake Forest College
  • Jesus Ayala
  • Matthew Cunliffe

Senuyaa: To Purify

Matt and Jesus’s primary goal was to enable young entrepreneurs in Guinea, to distribute and maintain bio-sand water filters to provide clean accessible water to local people. They were fortunate to team up with Helen Bond, who has been raising funds in the United States and doing service work in Guinea for many years through her organization Motherland Rhythm Community. Helen held a benefit concert specifically in support of their project, and her long relationship with the Guineans greatly facilitated things, including helping to bring together several ethnic groups—Malinke, Sousou, Baga, Nanlui, and Forestier—in support of the project. Helen inspired Matt and Jesus with her compelling message: “We can become a powerful and unlimited force just by opening ourselves up to understanding one another; in that process we can create a more peaceful, connected and humanistic global community—person to person, hand to hand,
and heart to heart.”

In all, 42 filters with an anticipated lifespan of 30 years were constructed, having an immediate impact on over 400 Guineans. The project also delivered in-depth seminars on water sanitation so that those accessing the filters know how to best use and care for the devices. Helen’s organization is committed to ongoing cost subsidization and other assistance as needed. And the entrepreneurship aspect of this project is encouraging local Guineans to start small businesses, with some of the proceeds going toward funding additional filters.