Rev. Francis Mambu puts it this way: “Access to safe drinking water is a challenge. Presently, the community does not have a running tap.
“The school children travel far distances to fetch water which is really affecting their education.”
Not to mention putting their health and their very lives at risk by being forced to drink water from unsafe sources such as streams, ponds – even puddles in the middle of a muddy unpaved road – risking cholera, dysentery, Typhoid fever and parasites by sipping just even a mouthful.
But what other choice do these girls and their families have?
In 2015, Bread and Water for Africa® provided funding to Rev. Mambu’s organization, Faith Healing Development Organization, to dig a well at a school at the community known as Waterloo in Sierra Leone.
And right now, today, Bread and Water for Africa® is in the process of digging a well in the community of Hill Station which is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.
Imagine, children, primarily little girls who spend their days walking miles back and forth carrying as much water they can put on the their heads will instead be able to go to school.
And, they and their families won’t have to risk serious illness, and even death, drinking water from questionable sources.
Last fall, Bread and Water for Africa® was successful in applying for a $10,000 grant from the Neilom Foundation at the University of Maryland College Park to dig a well at Hill Station. A New Well for Hill Station, Sierra Leone.
Not only will the well serve the Imatt Primary School where it is to be located, allowing children to remain in school instead of fetching water and not taking a life-or-death chance every time they take a drink of water, but thousands of families will also be assured of clean, safe, uncontaminated water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing – all from just one single well.
Bread and Water for Africa® has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Neilom Engineering for Social Change Fund to build a water well in Sierra Leone.
The grant is being made available through the Neilom Foundation and the Center for Engineering Concepts Development in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.
“Our name reflects our highest priority to bring clean water to families, clinics, schools and entire communities,” stated Bread and Water for Africa® Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema, who noted that Bread and Water for Africa®, through partnerships with grassroots organizations in Africa, has provided water wells for tens of thousands of people in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia and Sierra Leone.
The $10,000 grant funding will go towards building a hand pump water well to serve the Hill Station Primary and Secondary Schools as well as the surrounding community in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We will commit matching funds of $5,092 to fully meet to the total project costs of $15,092.
In 2015, we established a goal of building three wells in Sierra Leone, a country still recovering from the Ebola outbreak of 2014, by June 2016. The first of the three wells, in the community of Waterloo, is soon to be completed.
Bread and Water for Africa® has established a goal of building a total of three wells in Sierra Leone, still recovering from the Ebola outbreak of 2014 which continued into 2015, for FY 2016. The first well, in the community of Waterloo, is soon to be completed.
The Neilom Grant money, combined with the matching funds contributed by Bread and Water for Africa®, will make it possible to complete the second well early in 2016.
We will administer the grant with its partner, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO), of Freetown , Sierra Leone, which have worked as partners for more than 10 years. Weather permitting, the construction of the new well could begin as soon as January and be completed by the end of March.
The need for such a well in Sierra Leone is great. The vast majority of the population does not have access to safe and clean water and nearly half of the population uses unprotected water as their primary source for drinking, bathing and washing.
We are extremely grateful to the Neilom Engineering for Social Change Fund for recognizing the need for a well in this community that will benefit thousands and literally save lives.
On behalf of these thousands, we say “Tenki” (“Thank You” in Krio, the national language of Sierra Leone).
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Tragically, thousands of children die every year from water-borne illnesses that are easily preventable. Where there is unsafe water, there are diseases. In the rural communities of Africa, the need for clean water is extremely urgent and a top priority for Bread and Water for Africa®. Clean water. It should be simple, really. And you know this. Or do you? Take our quiz to find out.
Water is life! We support programs that provide access to clean water and educate Africans about the vital importance of clean water for the prevention of diseases.
Bread and Water for Africa® supports the following programs for clean water development:
In Waterloo, Sierra Leone life has changed dramatically for the better in the past year.
Thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, children who had spent their days carrying water from possible contaminated sources are free from that drudgery and are able to attend the primary school in the village.
At the Waterloo clinic, patients being treated for illness and injury no longer worry if they will get even sicker by drinking unsafe water containing dysentery, E. coli or Typhoid fever or that their wounds would become infected by dirty water.
And for the community as a whole, entire families have access to all the clean, safe water they need to cook, wash and bathe.
All because of one single well.
Earlier this year, Bread and Water for Africa® learned from our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization, that there was a great need for clean water in Waterloo that hundreds, even thousands, were contracting waterborne diseases and otherwise healthy people endured needless suffering, some even death.
We embarked on a campaign to bring a “Well to Waterloo” and our supporters responded with generous gifts enough to drill a well on the grounds of the primary school, which serves the nearby clinic, and which provides water enough for thousands in the village.
A year ago for the children, women and men of Waterloo ready access to clean, safe water was not even a dream.
Today it is the reality.
Bread and Water for Africa® has been drilling wells in countries throughout Africa for nearly 20 years and we have seen firsthand the transformation in the lives tens of thousands for whom clean water is no longer unattainable but readily available.
In the coming year, we have already identified three other communities in Sierra Leone that are just like Waterloo was, and by this time next year we intend to have wells drilled there providing clean water to thousands more.
Clean and safe water is such a scarce resource for so many, including in Sierra Leone. Mothers, children, the sick, and indeed entire communities suffer from inadequate and unhealthy water in far too many communities of Sierra Leone.
That’s why this month, with our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization, Bread and Water for Africa® will be drilling a much-needed well in Waterloo Community Sierra Leone to provide clean, safe water not only to the school where it will be located, but to a nearby clinic where uncontaminated water is critical to survival of the patients, as well as the community as a whole.
We have launched a 14 for 14 Matching Grant Challenge to raise the necessary funds – just $14,000 – to build this critically needed well.This week, as World Water Day was celebrated on Sunday, March 22, there are so many reasons why this well is vital to this Waterloo community – including the 14 we are listing on our website through March 30. 14 facts for $14,000 life saving dollars. Every dollar will be matched and will bring life-saving water to an entire community. We are working to raise awareness about the plight of so many that suffer from a lack of clean water with 14 important facts and raise $14,000 to drill that well.
Learn more facts about the necessity of clean and accessible water, and join us in our mission to ensure that the residents of the small village of Waterloo have something we all here in the United States take for granted – a steady supply of clean, safe water.