The Rogbonko Village Retreat is an initiative by Sheka Forna - whose father was born in the village – intended to generate interest in rural Sierra Leone, and to educate visitors and local people alike in the importance of traditional values.

Built a little way from the village the Rogbonko Village Retreat consists of two mud brick houses, each with two twin bedrooms, a living room and bathroom. Facing the houses is the ‘barray’ – an open sided round house offering a shady place to eat, sit and chat.

The Rogbonko Village Retreat is run by and employs local villagers and is an important source of revenue for the community. Income from assisting visitors and selling local produce and crafts provides a vital addition to the subsistence farming on which most villagers depend. Benefiting from visitors encourages the community to take pride in their heritage and conserve their valuable natural and cultural resources.

Visitors to the retreat experience real Sierra Leonean village life; sleeping in a traditional house, meeting the villagers, eating their food, witnessing their traditions and sharing their daily lives.

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