|Type||Non-operating private foundation
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Focus||Education, Ending Poverty|
|Bumpe, Sierra Leone|
|Method||Donations and Grants|
|Slogan||One Child, One School, One Country, One World|
The Kposowa Foundation is a non-profit organization based out of Long Beach, California, USA. It was co-founded by Sarah Culberson and John Woehrle. The Kposowa Foundation’s purpose is to raise funds to rebuild a boarding school, provide clean drinking water, provide economically sustainable opportunities, and improve the general quality of life for the people of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Bumpe High School (BHS) was ransacked and burned by R.U.F. rebels during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone that lasted from 1991 to 2002. Most of the buildings and furnishings were destroyed or stolen. BHS was once a renowned boarding school with an enrollment of over 600 students from as far away as Nigeria.
The first goal of the Kposowa Foundation was to rebuild Bumpe High School. The second goal was to sustain the children who were educated there.
12 classrooms were rebuilt to help the school start functioning again.
Due to significant support from The Rotary Foundation, $50,000 was used to construct new wells so that residents of the high school had access to safe, drinkable water.
The Kposowa Foundation helped to rebuild the home economics building at Bumpe High School which was burned down by the rebels during the civil war.
Boys and girls dormitories were built so that children who lived ten miles away did not have to walk to school every day. This improvement also helped to ensure that the children attended school on a regular basis.
The Bumpe High School library was rebuilt allowing students to have access to books which is rare in Sierra Leone.
Because public school is not free in Sierra Leone, the Kposowa Foundation is looking to create a scholarship fund for those who cannot afford an education. The Kposowa Foundation is gathering supplies for the Home Economics Building such as sewing machines, pots, pans, utensils, gas cookers, freezers, etc.
The Dining Hall is being rebuilt. When the project is finished it will serve as not only a cafeteria but a central meeting place to share artwork, poetry, and to have discussions.
- Good Morning America 9/19/06, with Robyn Roberts
- Inside Edition / Cheryl Lamothe, 1½ minute, 9/19/06 with Kim
- CNN The American Morning with Solidad O'Brien, 9/20/06
- Southern California Life / KVMD TV Los Angeles, Feb, 28, 2007
- Naomi Judd Morning show, March 13, 2007
- WBOY Channel 12 in Morgantown West Virginia, Nov. 2006
- Intel Campaign filmed 2008 on line "What inspires you", filmed by UNCLE - Rachel North Co-producer UNCLE
Magazines and newspapers
- Positive People Magazine/ in London
- Trace Magazine/ based in London
- Newsweek Magazine
- People Magazine / Maureen Parrington
- Readers Digest / Ken Miller Nov. 2007 "firstname.lastname@example.orgCorridor Magazine West Virginia
- West Virginia Alumni Magazine
- Los Angeles Times article (Front Page Sept. 2006)
- Chicago Tribune 2006
- Singapore News 2006
- BBC/Owen Phillips Sept. 2006
- Atlanta Radio "African Exp. Radio 2006
- Oprah and Friends Radio show with Gayle King 2006
- NPR (National Public Radio) with Farai Chideya May 1, 2007 (listen on the website) "Farai Chideya",
- WCLG in Morgantown West Virginia with Becky Hun Nov. 2006
- WAJR in Morgantown West Virginia with Becky Hun with Kay Murray Nov. 2006
- Sarah and the Kposowa Foundation have been featured in various magazines including People