Our implementing partner reports from the field...
"When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Dysentery and Malaria. During the team's stay the community assembled a water committee consisting of four men and three women who assisted the team by providing materials and labor whenever possible. The team commented on how peaceful the community was and how willing the community residents were to help the team end their suffering. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming and trading at local markets. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community the team provided community resident Abdulai Conteh with a LWI contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The team had an opportunity to meet with Edmond Kamara a thirty-five year old male community resident and local farmer who stated, "I am very glad about this well being restored. The water from the stream is not pure. Tenke, tenke!"
There were twenty-eight adults and nine children who attended the hygiene education. There were twenty-eight Oral Rehydration Solution spoons distributed and during the education training the following principal issues were addressed: Disease transmission, Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Good-bad hygiene behaviors and Disease Transmission Stories.