The following report was filed by our implementing partner...
The community of Yams Farm (next to Malike Bah house) is located in the Western Rural district of Sierra Leone. This was an open well and the community was using a rope and a rubber to access their water. The community helped the team with the repair by providing materials and labor. they all worked together in unity, it was a peaceful community. The team sealed it up, a base was replaced and a new Afridev hand pump was installed.
The community was so excited with this development! When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. Most people in the community earn a living through teaching and petty trading.
Testimony from a community member:
Nancy Kamara, 39 year old trader spoke with the team about the water needs for her community. "The water in the open well did not taste fine. We can taste the difference. We could not drink the water before. It was very bad."
Hygiene & Sanitation Training:
There were 23 women and 18 children who attended this hygiene training. In addition to the following lessons listed below, the importance of using a latrine was discussed and how to build a native toilet. Presently, this community is an open defecation community. The team discussed in depth how disease is spread because of this practice. The community appreciated the teachings.
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 and disease transmission stories.