Project Name

SCHOOL AND WELL IN KATHOMBO

Project

School with several classrooms and a water well.

Date

Location

Kathombo, Sierra Leone.

Investment

Number of people who have worked on the project

THE ISSUE

Sierra Leone's destructive civil war left a vulnerable child population at risk. Nearly 30 per cent of the country's children do not have access to education. The war led to the closure of many schools and in the most remote regions it is still difficult for some children to go to school.

In addition many of them are forced to work, which negatively influences their education due to absence from school. Parents in most cases are not aware of the importance of education for their children.

In the case of Kathombo, a village so isolated that it is 8 km walking distance from the nearest point accessible by car, its population was involved in the construction of the school, carrying 50 kg sacks of sand and stone on the head from the river to the village to make cement, thus making people in the villages feel as their own the project, value their work and feel part of it.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The school has several classrooms and a well, as lack of access to safe drinking water leads to infections by bacteria in undrinkable water and causes illness and even death.

Without a water well the people of these villages are forced to drink and use the water of the nearest rivers.

RESULTS

We built a school in this remote village in Sierra Leone and 100 children from surrounding areas have access to education. Thanks to this project we avoid children having to travel several kilometers to go to school. The water well prevents disease and improves livelihoods. With the following data we understand the problem better: every 4 seconds a person dies in the world due to lack of water and mortality is higher in those countries with water shortages and diseases.

COMMENTS

Elizabeth Janet Sesay: "The school has helped to address the issue of high literacy. Before there were no schools in the area and the children had to walk long distances to go to the nearest one. The communities are located in a mountainous region inaccessible to motor vehicles and many parents were afraid to send their girls because of the risks of walking through these remote areas. The school has increased the number of girls, ending early marriages. There has been a marked improvement in the number of children passing the National Primary School exams and many of them are now pursuing their secondary education.
Communities use classrooms for religious services and other social gatherings. They have provided common ground for communities to come together and address issues of interest.
There is no Government teachers due to the distance. With the construction of the school, community leaders have been able to provide spending for local teachers teach children."

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