The Mokaifema Community live in Moyamba,
Sierra Leone. Their current water source is a
swamp, over a mile from the community. The
animals are taken to the same watering hole and,
while there, leave feces behind in the water.
Women wash their clothes there as well, and
collect water to take it home for daily needs.
Poisonous snakes are very common around this
water point, and snake bites are also common. If
treated immediately, people can survive the bites,
but at an expensive financial cost.
The water also contains parasites, typhoid, cholera,
and other waterborne illnesses that people die from,
especially children under five years old. Diarrhea is a
daily problem, as well as kidney infections and dehydration.
People cannot bring home enough water to meet their daily
needs. Children have a difficult time focusing at school,
due to illnesses and dehydration.
Living Water International’s (LWI) program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting
physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability. This project is within our WPA of Moyamba.
LWI will provide training and backstopping support during the first six years, until the local water committees and community have gathered enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee, for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well caregiver will be equipped to do the ongoing general care.
Safe clean water near people’s homes will allow community members to be healthy and to grow small gardens. They will have time to have micro businesses, once they have time back from collecting water from the swamp. Families will have more money to spend on their own families vs on medications from snake bites, parasites, and waterborne illnesses. The community will stop seeing as many children with “runny tummy.” Children will be more successful in school, having the ability to focus on their schoolwork. Time poverty will stop. There will be a feeling of pride in the community, as they learn how to stop the spread of diseases, build their own latrines, and have safe water.
All projects are made possible by World Changers.