SABI action plan influenced the construction of three standard toilet facilities constructed in Makuie community.

Makuie Village, Ward 102, Bombali District North of Sierra Leone, has had poor toilet facility as a major health concern for about 2 years, children in school and the wider community manage to use the broken toilet structures but resorted to open defecation in backyard gardens and a running stream when the its an emergency.

This gave rise to malaria and related illnesses due to mosquito bites and food contamination.

SABI supported Restless Development Youth Accountability Volunteers to present evidence of citizens perception in health, through which the people of Makuie community prioritized the unavailability of a standard toilet facility as a disturbing problem in the community. They further worked with the volunteers to input the problems into an action plan.

The data collection and evidence presentation exercise conducted by SABI, provided new knowledge for people in Makuie Community, on a simple and interactive process, used to identify and rank them in order of severity. The general involvement of women, youth, elders and young people in discussions, motivated stakeholders to act, using the citizens perception data as evidence of support need in the community.

Peer Group Champions (PGCs), led by the Women’s Leader, discussed this problem and action plan with Paramount Chief Kandeh Baba Kiha III, Councilor Desmond Bangura, including, the District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church. Together they met the District Council.

The Chairman of the Bombali District Council involved World Hope International[1], whose main objective is to improve water and sanitation in the Chiefdom. A workable consensus was reached. People in Makuie Community provided local materials including land and World Hope International provided technical support which led to the construction of 3 standard toilet facilities, place in 3 strategic locations within the community.

These toilet facilities now benefit about 210 community members including school children, women, youth, elders and young people.

The involvement of SABI was a major catalyst that energized the people in Makuie Community speak up and act.

SABI has helped us with a good pathway to change. The processes led by the Youth Accountability Volunteers enabled us to learn new things about problem solving where everyone voice matters. We intend to use this same method to lobby for additional water wells for Makuie Community – Edward L Kamara, Community Elder and Pastor of Wesleyan Church.

The action plan is now being used as a guide to solving more problems in Makuie Village.