Our implementing partner reports...
"When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water. Because of this residents were suffering from Dysentery, Malaria and other preventable water related illnesses. This well is located near the Sierra Leone Islamic Academy Mission. They were very thankful the team cared enough to stop and help them. They worked well alongside the team and contributed materials and labor to the project. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming, trading produce at local markets and several teach at the nearby school. The nearest school is located less than 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 Abu Thullar Koroma with a Mariatu's Hope phone number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with Ramatu Bangura a thirty-five year old female community resident and housewife who stated, "The stream is far away and is not pure. This well is sealed up whereas the stream is not. It will help with controlling sickness and the spread of disease."
There were twenty-five adults and nineteen children who attended the hygiene education. They were very thankful for the information presented and especially enjoyed learning how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. In total twenty-five ORS spoons were distribute and during the education 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.