WE WORK IN GUINEA-BISSAU, A SMALL COUNTRY IN WEST AFRICA.
You may have never heard of this obscure country before, but chances are you’ve enjoyed some of Guinea-Bissau’s produce— the country is one of the world’s leading exporters of cashews. With just 1.6 million people in a country the size of Maryland, it’s easy to overlook Guinea-Bissau. But we can’t afford to ignore this culturally-rich and vibrant country. It’s the sixth-poorest nation in the world and two-thirds of the population survives off less than $2 a day. Sometimes families can’t even afford to buy a sack of rice.
Despite the fertile land, Guinea-Bissau is critically under-developed. Only pockets of the capital city have electricity. The rest of the country is in the dark. Sewage seeps into the same ground where well-water is drawn from. It’s not surprising that the average life-expectancy age is 49.
The language spoken in Guinea-Bissau is a unique Portuguese-based Creole. For audio-guided lessons in speaking Creole, click here.
The WAVS School is located in the town of Canchungo, about 70 kilometers northwest of the capital, Bissau.