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From Security Guard To Sierra Leone’s Only Female Physic Teacher In Moyamba Who Created Prototype Water Distillation System: Meet Juliet Bio Mondeh

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From Security Guard To Sierra Leone's Only Female Physic Teacher In Moyamba Who Created Prototype Water Distillation System: Meet Juliet Bio Mondeh

Born in Kono, Juliet Bio Mondeh is Sierra Leonean Innovator and only youngest female physics teacher in her school in Moyamba District, Rural Sierra Leone. Juliet recently presented her prototype water distillation system to a team of both national and international  experts to experiment. Juliet hopes her idea will leap into reality while responding to a local challenge. Juliet attended the Jubilee International School Conakry Guinea. Life growing up was very challenging  for Juliet because her father was a teacher and her mother was a trader. At a very tender age, Juliet had to divide her time for school, studies, and helping her mother sell at the Market. Juliet most times help her mother during the holidays and weekend, despite these challenges, she never lost hope of becoming the woman she is today. Her parents ensured they never went to bed hungry.

Juliet Bio Mondeh presenting her prototype water distillation system to national experts to experiment

Juliet moved to Freetown to take her WASSCE exams,  speaking to Salone Messenger, Juliet told us that this was the most difficult decision she took moving to Freetown, with no friends, no family members at the time, Juliet started working as a security guard to be able to cover some bills. “It’s wasn’t easy for me working at night and going to class in the morning, it was challenging for me as a woman.” She told us at Salone Messenger.

Juliet grew up in a community where the water crisis is a major challenge, this prompted Juliet into finding solutions within her reach, and she went into innovation to find possible answers to the challenge face in her community. “Looking at my community, they do not have access to pipe borne water supply so people resort to other alternatives such as drinking water from unprotected wells, they buy sachets water and not all can afford it.  Only the working class can afford it, especially visitors even I cannot afford it all the times. In addition, I had an opportunity to talk with one of the senior medical personnel who explained their challenges in getting distill water. Seeing this situation, I started thinking of ways to purify water that will be cost-effective. So this was what led me to start working on a Solar Water Distiller.” She told us at Salone Messenger

Because Juliet understands that not everyone can afford to buy water in her community all the time because it is expensive and the one available is not purified, she embarked on a journey to ensure that her solution is both purify and affordable

“Finding ways to solve this problem in Moyamba District is to provide a purified and safe water for drinking at an affordable price and to provide distilled water for the hospitals in Moyamba as my immediate market. I will widen my scope as time goes on”

Like many innovators trying to find solutions in Africa, the challenges they go through are numerous, Juliet is no excuse. From skill gap, knowledge gap, mentorship, and many more.

“The challenges that I was facing in my line of work were skill gap, knowledge gap, mentorship gap, and funding gap. Brainstorming with experts to get clarity or mentorship before was challenging for me. Finding fellow Innovators and who to meet, a sort of network, was impossible but I thank God for UNDP Accelerator lab that has helped and supported me to close these gaps.”

Juliet is currently working with the UNDP Accelerator lab to develop a standard prototype solar distiller wherein samples will be collected for testing and certification by Standard Bureau, Sierra Leone Pharmaceutical Board, and other experts after which she is looking forward to establishing her own water company, which will be highly equipped with alternative methods to increase production throughout the year.

“One of my greatest achievements in life, well, first as a teacher, it is the joy of every teacher to see their students making it to the university after imparting knowledge into them. As the only female physics teacher in the entire district, it is an achievement to be able to impact knowledge into my students, and they making progress in my subject in external exams. Also as an Innovator, being able to identify a problem in my immediate society that can be addressed is an achievement. In addition, me coming into contact with the UNDP Accelerator Lab which has boosted my motivation and provided me the required skills and support I needed to achieve my goals is probably the greatest achievement in my life.”

She told us at Salone Messenger

Aside from innovation and being a teacher, Juliet is also into agriculture.

When asked about her message to the young innovator, she said

“My message to young Innovators will be for them to be determined to achieve whatever they are aspiring to achieve in life. It is not easy for young people in this part of the world, especially young Innovators, there are a lot of gaps but thank God now there is UNPD accelerator Lab in the country that is working with young Innovators to make their dreams come through. If you have an idea or you are an Innovator you can contact UNDP accelerator Lab in 2030 and they will pick it up from there.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine.
Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize.
Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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