This tiny corner of West Africa is not an easy place to work in. It has had more military coups than perhaps any other country in the region. Its Portuguese roots isolate it from its English and French speaking neighboring countries. Even by African standards, Guinea-Bissau is severely under-developed. But these challenges are what inspired WAVS founder Martha Reynolds to work in this almost-forgotten land. She realized that, despite its difficulties, Guinea-Bissau has incredible potential.
Martha Reynolds during one of her many trips to Guinea-Bissau in the 1990s and early 2000s.