Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone is working with war-ravaged communities to build loos and reduce the risk of diarrhoea.

Region

Pujehun District in the southern province of Sierra Leone.

Who’s being helped

Thousands of people living in three chiefdoms of Pujehun District.

The project

In Sierra Leone, less than 10% of rural communities have a toilet.

For the past six years, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone has been tackling this urgent need. In 2005, they built 450 latrines for shared use by 1,000 families. In 2010-2011, they spread the word among communities about the need for latrines to be built. As a result, community members organised themselves into committees, and built their own latrines, using their own sand, stone and unskilled labour.

Lives are being transformed

Sixty-year-old Mariama Mambu says, ‘Before we had a latrine, we used to defecate in the bush, very close to the village. Flies from the bush would then land on our food, carrying disease, and so there was a lot of diarrhoea in this community. ‘We are so thankful that we got help with building latrines in our community.’