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Living Water International


Living Water International-Sierra Leone program was launched in the year 2007 as part of the response to the effects of the nation's civil war, during which many wells were destroyed. The organization has been focusing improving access to clean and safe water to the people and enhancing the hygiene and sanitation situation for the people in the community where the organization has been working. 

To improve access to clean water the organization has mainly been involved in rehabilitating nonfunctional wells and hand pumps. Recently the organization started drilling of new wells to ensure that even communities which do not have any well to rehabilitate will still have access to  clean water. So far, LW-SL has rehabilitated close to 400 wells and constructed three new wells. To compliment provision of clean and safe water in reducing water borne diseases, the organization conducts improved hygiene and sanitation trainings targeting schools and communities to teach them on proper hygiene and sanitation practices. Sanitation toilets are constructed in schools to improve sanitary facilities at the institutions. So far 22 sanitation facilities have been constructed in  20 schools.

LWI-SL has also facilitated formation of organized groups at various levels such as Child Health Clubs (CHC), Students Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Youth groups.  By equipping these groups, LWI-SL will ensure creation of Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments in the target communities. More than Six hundred students are members of the Child Health Clubs.

 

LWI activities have centred on providing safe water, improving the adequacy of water and improving sanitation and hygience.

LWI’s strategy is expanding to engage more broadly in the WASH sector.

In order to define the broad baseline, Ascendant & Company  (www.ascendantandcompany.com)

was contracted to assist in carrying out a study of water availability and the status of WASH activities in Freetown Western Rural District, specifically in Koya Rural and Waterloo areas.