The following report was filed by our field implementer...
The community of Calaba town (37 Gassama street) is located in the Western Rural district of Sierra Leone. Most people in the community earn a living through petty trading. This was an open well and the team sealed it up. A base was set and a new Afridev hand pump was installed much to the delight of the community. A pad was built around the well. The community really pitched in to help the team with the repair by providing labor, materials and security. There was so much joy! When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well.
Testimony from a community member:
Emma Sesay, 16 year old student spoke with the team about the water needs for her community. "It is much easier to get water now. Sometimes where I use to get water before this well, I had to pay le 100. This will control the spreading of disease and make the water pure."
Team Leader Testimony:
The students and teachers gathered with the team around the well to pray before beginning the work. The community worked side by side, laughing and joking. There was such joy to be had with the prospect of receiving clean water. Upon completion of the well, they all gathered back around the well and dedicated it back to Daddy God and gave thanks through prayer and singing. This community tells God plenty tenke (thank you) and also plenty tenke to the donor!
Sanitation and Hygiene Training:
This was a great community and a great hygiene training. There were 35 adults and 18 children who attended the training along with 35 ORS spoons distributed. They were very thankful for the training. The importance of using a toilet was discussed.
Lessons included germs/disease transmission, proper hand washing techniques, healthy/unhealthy communities, ORS (oral rehydration solution), proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors, dental hygiene and disease transmission stories.