Archive for the ‘Sierra Leone’ Category

Update: Ebola and our work in Sierra Leone

August 14, 2014  |   Featured project,General news,Sierra Leone   |

Update: Ebola and our work in Sierra Leone

As you may be aware, there is a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, this deadly virus has mainly effected the Kenema and Kailahun areas in the east of the country, but has also now spread to the regional capital of Bo. There are also now cases reported in Pujehun District, the area where we operate, but fortunately the chiefdoms we work in have remained clear. This tragic situation has made our support in the villages even more urgent and critical, as a key element to Ebola prevention is the implementation of effective hygiene practices. With your support, we will continue to bring people in Sierra Leone long-term health through effective sanitation, hygiene training and clean water, and help them over the next months to keep their communities clear of Ebola. Donate now If you are interested in finding out more about Ebola and the situation in West Africa, read more here: UK Government: Sierra Leone travel advice Blog: experiences of a development worker in Sierra Leone

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Shenge village is a remote community in Barri Chiefdom, southeastern Sierra Leone, home to approximately 300 people. The village is very remote, two kilometres from the nearest dirt road. Much of the surrounding rainforest has been cleared for farming or rubber plantations, but there are still areas like Shenge that are vital forest wildlife habitats. When we first visited Shenge we found a very poor community who had no sanitation or clean water, meaning intestinal illness was very common, and particularly serious for the children. The villagers were reliant on subsistence farming, and children had to walk about 4 miles each way through the forest to the nearest school at Potoru, so younger children missed out on education altogether. [caption id="attachment_8723" align="aligncenter" width="475"] With no well, people had to collect dirty water from streams[/caption] Thanks to the generous support of a proactive community group we began working with the village in 2011, and Shenge now has a community ecosan toilet, a well, and cassava & groundnut farming livelihood support. More recently, thanks to a further generous donation from a regular supporter, we have also built a two-classroom primary school. The school will open its doors ...

Get ready for Dinners for Dignity

June 18, 2014  |   Events,Fundraising,General news,Sierra Leone   |

Get ready for Dinners for Dignity

1st - 31st October 2014 This October, you can save lives from your kitchen. Dinners for Dignity is an exciting and easy way for you to fundraise without having to run a marathon or climb a mountain. Simply hold a dinner party for your friends, and ask them for donations in return for the meal.  You don’t have to cook a 3 course dinner; you could throw a house party, have a bonfire and bbq, or try a poetry evening, enjoy autumn cocktails or nibbles at a Halloween party, you can really make your dinner your own. One host this year is holding a bonanza of a barn dance! So don’t be afraid to be a little different – plan something you’ll enjoy. We have some great tips to help you create an unforgettable dinner, along with ideas for recipes kindly donated by Giorgio Locatelli and some of the UK’s top food bloggers. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!   The money you raise will go towards our projects in Sierra Leone, helping to bring life-saving sanitation and clean water to thousands of people.

Cycling for Busu

March 26, 2014  |   Fundraising,General news,Sierra Leone   |

Cycling for Busu

On June 15th 2014, small teams will be cycling across the north Wiltshire countryside on either a 100km or a 100-mile route, with the sole aim to raise £31,000 to help the Busu community in Sierra Leone. Hundreds of villages in Sierra Leone were ravaged by the civil war, and Busu is no exception. The village is very rural, isolated and neglected by Government, being 200 miles from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. For years the community had no sanitation or clean water and children were dying from easily preventable intestinal illnesses. Determined to make a difference, back in 2010 Tim Miller and Helen Watkins raised £28,000 for Busu by hosting 'Singing for Busu'. Thanks to their great efforts we have been able to provide ecosan toilets and clean water for the whole village, as well as support for cassava farming. This year Tim and Helen want to go that step further, and are holding a cycling challenge in June to further enhance the skills, livelihood, education and self-sufficiency of the Busu community. The funds raised will help build and equip a new community skills centre, a women’s livelihood providing pigs and hens together with housing, feed and medicines, and provide ...

Building children a future in Sierra Leone

January 27, 2014  |   Education,General news,Projects,Sierra Leone   |

Building children a future in Sierra Leone

Falcons School fundraises for primary education in Sierra Leone Last year, pupils, parents and staff from Falcons Boys Preparatory School in Richmond joined forces, raising over £10,000 towards education in Sierra Leone. Thanks to their phenomenal efforts, we have been able to build a primary school in Nyeyama village, bringing a good education to the children there for generations to come. Nyeyama is an impoverished and isolated village, home to 600 people in the Barri Chiefdom of Sierra Leone. Although education is a legal requirement for children in Sierra Leone, the country's 11-year civil war resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools, making access to education in remote villages like Nyeyama a real struggle. Some children were having to walk 10 miles every day to reach the nearest school, while younger children who could not manage this walk were having to make do with under-resourced classes held in a run-down shack. [caption id="attachment_8215" align="alignleft" width="257"] Nyeyama's old school building[/caption][caption id="attachment_8214" align="alignright" width="237"] Teaching in the old building was a struggle[/caption] In late 2013 we finished building a new, fully-equipped primary school ...

Our Sierra Leone partner visits the UK

October 03, 2013  |   General news,Sierra Leone   |

Our Sierra Leone partner visits the UK

Senesi Fawundu MP, the director of our Sierra Leone partner organisation - the Pujehun Development Organisation (PDO) – recently visited the UK We have been working with the PDO in the Pejeh Chiefdom of Sierra Leone since 2006, after helping Senesi and his wife Mariama build a new well in the village of Gbongay. Since the success of this project, we have worked closely with our Sierra Leone partners to provide all 19 villages in Pejeh Chiefdom and five neighbouring villages in Barrie Chiefdom, with eco-sanitation, water and livelihoods. The commitment and support Senesi has given to his community over the last six years is phenomenal, and we were delighted when, in recognition of this support, he was elected as a local Councillor in 2011, and in the national election in December 2012 was elected MP for the Pujehun District constituency, with an 80% majority! Following on from this we invited Senesi to visit the UK, and in September he was with us for ten days. During his stay, Senesi had a busy ...

Winter newsletter 2011-2012

January 24, 2012  |   General news,Kenya,Newsletters,Sierra Leone   |

Winter newsletter 2011-2012

In our summer newsletter, we focused on the trip David (CEO) had just made to India. In this latest newsletter we explain a little more fully what we are doing in Africa based on Richard’s (Director of African Development) most recent visit. He managed to combine a trip to both Kenya and Sierra Leone and there are many contrasts between the two countries. Kenya is one of Africa’s powerhouses, while Sierra Leone is anything but. However, even in the relative prosperous Kenya the majority of people have an extremely difficult life, made all the more difficult by acute water shortages caused by increasing drought conditions. In contrast Sierra Leone, at least in the region in which we work, has abundant rainfall, but little or no infrastructure and a population that is among the poorest in the world. However, regardless of the country the basis of our work is the same – using sanitation, water and livelihoods to help people out of poverty. It is the good health and income generation model that we employ successfully in every project. Read the newsletter here (PDF 2.7mb)

A mile (or 20) in their shoes

May 13, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone   |

A mile (or 20) in their shoes

It's not every 10 year old girl that will go to great lengths to help those less fortunate, but Ami Northam is determined to make a difference in others' lives. Driven by a desire to help school children of her own age in Africa, Ami is taking on the challenging task of walking 20 miles in one day in order to raise money for much needed school equipment. Aiming to raise £1,750, Ami's fundraising efforts will help to equip the newly built Koiva Primary School in Sierra Leone with school textbooks, furniture and writing materials so that the children there can have a proper education. During the civil war which ended in 2002, schools across Sierra Leone were destroyed and equipment stolen. Many schools today throughout the country are still in real need of assitance, and Koiva School is no exception. To find out more about the school Ami will be helping click here. Her walk will take place on June 12th 2011, so please take the time to read about Ami's efforts and support her. You will find more information and details on how to donate here: www.wherevertheneed.org.uk/donate/ami-northam/ Good luck Ami!

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

April 15, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

During a visit to our Sierra Leone projects this month, our CEO David Crosweller was asked to film a few short clips explaining our project work there. This short video is the outcome!

A new project in Sierra Leone

April 11, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A new project in Sierra Leone

Shengay is a remote forest village, and has no sanitation facilities, so the villagers are using the neighbouring fields, with obvious risks to their health and security. There is also no well in the village, so all water is being drawn from a nearby stream – so intestinal illness is common, with young children being particularly vulnerable. We are constructing a community eco-sanitation toilet unit, with a central washing area, with separate areas for both female and male. This will provide effective sanitation facilities for all people in the village, greatly improving their health and security. Compost from the facility will also improve yields in the village market gardens. A borehole has been drilled, with the pump and capping to complete – this will provide clean drinking water for the whole village. See more details of our latest project here: http://wherevertheneed.org.uk/projects/sierra-leone-projects/shengay/

If it were my home

February 04, 2011  |   General news,India,Kenya,Sierra Leone   |

If it were my home

Oh we do like our interactive media. You can use this website to compare your country to any other in the world. Did you know that you would use 91.42% less electricity if you lived in India? Have a play: http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/

One success leads to another in Sierra Leone

One success leads to another in Sierra Leone

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 ...

A photographer’s encounter in Kroo Bay

September 13, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Sierra Leone   |

A photographer’s encounter in Kroo Bay

Shocked by the extreme unsanitary conditions he came across, a photographer has tried to document the living conditions in a Sierra Leone slum. See more here: http://www.globalhealthmagazine.com/cover_stories/kroo_bay