In May 2006, Isaiah Washington journeyed to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to see the country identified through DNA testing as the homeland of his maternal ancestors. Isaiah brought along a doctor, an architect, an NAACP representative, a photographer, and a documentary film crew. Sierra Leone in 2006 bears the scars of an 11 year civil war but her people are hopeful and ready to pull together to rebuild their cities, restore their industries, and recapture the future for the next generation.
The Gondobay Manga Foundation will work to build and furnish schools, secure clean water supplies, give everyone access to proper medical care, preserve Bunce Island, rehabilitate the Bo Hospital, and recapture the resources of Sierra Leone so that they benefit all her people.
May 22, 2006 Isaiah Washington lands at Lungi Airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 22, 2006 Isaiah Washington is met by Raymond Scott-Manga at Lungi Airport, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 31, 2006 Surprised children play with their new soccer ball on the road from Kono back to Freetown.
May 24, 2006 Girl with sibling in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 23, 2006 Rubbish is burned along the streets in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 28, 2006 Tony Hubbard, Isaiah Washington, Josephine Demby, Chief Lamin, Raymond Scott-Manga and others tour Gerihun.
May 30, 2006 Isaiah Washington greets a group of Chiefs who have come to meet him on the road in the Kono District.
May 30, 2006 Tribute to the end of the civil war in Kono, Sierra Leone.
June 1, 2006 Isaiah Washington jokes with Vice President Solomon Berewa.
May 31, 2006 Woman with child on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 24, 2006 Isaiah Washington celebrates with his team and guests in Freetown, Sierra Leone.