Providing sanitation, water and livelihoods to 11,000 people in Sierra Leone.
The success of our work in Gbongay has secured us funding for a further 19 villages in the Pejeh Chiefdom, allowing us to help forever change the lives of thousands…
In the early part of 2006, we were approached by the village community of Gbongay in south-eastern Sierra Leone asking for help in the provision of water and livelihoods. When we assessed the village we discovered an area ravaged by the eleven year civil war (which ended in 2002), exploited by outsiders and politicians alike, and with a minimal level of infrastructure.
From an initial survey and village meetings, we discovered that in a community of 750 people, on average one child under the age of five died every six weeks because of non-existent sanitation and polluted water.
Since we introduced new ecosan and wells in Gbongay, not one child has died from intestinal illness.
From this success, we have been able to secure funding to expand the project throughout Pejeh Chiefdom. By the time the works are completed in mid 2011, close to 11,000 men, women and children will have access to new ecosan toilets and clean drinking water. 4,400 people will also be given the opportunity for a livelihood, in this case beekeeping or cassava and groundnut agriculture.
All the wells and rainwater harvesters have now been completed in the nineteen villages of the Chiefdom; these will provide a vital back-up water supply, particularly in the dry season when many of the rivers and streams are dry.
We hope to complete the project in all nineteen Pejeh villages by mid 2011. To find out more & for futher updates visit the project page.
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