Community action results in construction of well

School water facility

New school water facility in Masalagba Village

In Masalagba Village, Gbendembu Chiefdom, Bombali District, the community studied the Citizens Perception Survey data and identified ‘lack of clean drinking water, as a major problem affecting children’s learning  in the Sierra Leone Muslim Women Benevolent Organization School.

The School Management Committee, together with the Councilor of ward 102 (Mr. Desmond Bangura) and peer group champions in Masalagba Village, used the SABI infographics as evidence of the need for good water supply in the community. After holding several meetings, the Councilor approached Inter Aid, a Non-Governmental Organization, who are experts in water hygiene and sanitation, based in Makeni.

The Manager of Inter Aid (Mr. Yembeh Sorie Konteh) met and discussed the infographics with the stakeholders in Masalagba Village, and eventually agreed to support the project. He later sent in a team of water technicians who worked with Councilor Bangura and stakeholders to construct water facilities in the School and the wider community.

Mr Yembeh Sorie Konteh, Manager of Water Aid said; ‘SABI has made my job easy, we usually go through a very rigorous process to identify communities in need, but with the intervention of SABI, people in Masalagba Village were empowered to find solutions, and that is how they found us’.

Mr. Desmond Bangura, the Councilor said: ‘SABI is has created an opportunity for us to have water facility in this village, this is a very strong impact and I also thank Restless Development for facilitating this on the ground. I am pleased with their work in my community and want them to continue their good work’.

The village Clark (Mr. Alhaji Dunge Conteh) facilitated the contribution of Le 5000 (five thousand leones) per household, to support the project.

He said: ‘As a community, we didn’t know how to approach this problem before, but thanks to SABI for opening our eyes, now we know some things we can do without the government’.

Since the construction of the hand pump in the community, the challenges of getting clean drinking water has reduced. School pupils have access to clean drinking water in their school and so not leaving School before time to look out for water from the community.

In a bid to sustain this, a committee headed by Mr. Alhaji Dunge Conteh has being set up to manage and look into the maintenance of the pump.

New school water facility in Masalaga Village

The role of SABI and the Youth Accountability Volunteers in bringing about this change is widely recognized in the community.