KPANDEBU, SIERRA lEONE

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

PEOPLE SERVED

DOLLARS FUNDED

FUNDED APRIL 24, 2024

EXISTING CONDITIONS

Kpandebu is located in the Moyamba District in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone.  Its villagers have no access to clean water.

Community members are constantly sick with diarrhea. Children get sick very often and cannot attend school or help their families. Some residents use the nearby bushes as a toilet, so when it rains, everything washes downstream into the water source. The dangers of water collection include snake bites and young girls at risk of abuse. The roads are rough, especially in the rainy season when the roads are also slippery and water containers get contaminated.

The people from this community have had a hand-dug well, but it is not sufficient or safe. Instead, residents must go to the swamp which is located by the roadside of the community for drinking water and to do their domestic chores. The people are often sick from waterborne diseases and skin rashes.

OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION

Living Water International Sierra Leone (LWISL) stands as a faith-based International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) that has been a beacon of hope since its establishment in 2008. As an affiliate of Living Water International (LWI), headquartered in Houston, Texas, LWISL embarked on its mission to transform lives through comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. The organization was officially registered with the Government of Sierra Leone in 2009 and has since fostered impactful collaborations with government bodies and esteemed partners like UNICEF. LWISL’s mandate revolves around bolstering access to improved water, sanitation, and hygiene across Sierra Leone.

FUTURE IMPACT

The community will no longer feel the physical effects of waterborne illnesses due to the need to drink contaminated water. Parents will be relieved their children will no longer be in danger of being attacked by animals while collecting water. The children will be in school instead of searching for water.

The impacts of a successful project include happier and healthier residents who are free to pursue education and employment, residents who serve as advocates to neighboring communities, and women who are viewed as respected leaders in the community through their leadership of the water committee.

PROJECT SPECIFICS AND TIMELINE

Project Details: Provide a borehole well with a hand pump and hygiene training.

Total Project Cost: $15,000

– Materials:            $      4,500
Labor:                   $         500
Administrative:  n/a – covered by general donations
Other:                   $  10,000 (provided by others)

Future Maintenance:  Paid for by other donations over the first two years and by the community through usage fees collected by the community moving forward.

Other Costs:  Includes administration, community engagement, sustainability training, health and sanitation education, church engagement and spiritual outreach, ongoing monitoring and evaluation over an average of five years. 

Other Funding Sources:  General donations and grants

Expected Start Date:          June 2024
Expected Completion:   August 2024

FUTURE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

As part of LWI’s holistic work, a water user committee is formed and trained to carry out future repairs and maintenance. These costs are covered through general donations to Living Water and small fees collected throughout the year from community members.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

Our work with the church as our primary partner is vital in reaching the 703 million people who still lack access to safe water and the more than three billion people who have not heard the gospel. We work with our primary partner, the Church, in all its forms – national networks, district networks, and local congregations – and help mobilize them by taking effective action as leaders in their WASH projects. Through this partnership, the Church crosses dividing lines to reflect their love for their neighbors in need, unite for a shared purpose, minister to the unreached through word and deed, and alleviate real social justice issues. Following our holistic approach, Living Water WASH projects serve all people, regardless of their religious affiliation.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.