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A Sierra Leone team member commented, "The Child Health Club members from the Peninsular Secondary School showed a lot of enthusiasm for doing the hygiene training that day, and the community in turn expressed great admiration for the skilled way they executed the lessons." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located half of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living working as civil servants or petty trading. 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 member, Manso Kargbo, with a contact 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 thirty-four year old community member and housewife, Binta Bah, who stated, "The old water well is a hand-drawn well with a cover, but the cover is rusty and there are lots of cockroaches hanging around. The new well will save many people in this community. The water is clean."
During the hygiene education, the Sierra Leone team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.