Member Profile: Safer Future Youth Development Project


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The Safer Future Youth Development Project is geared towards positively changing the lives of people, particularly of the young.
SFYDP strives to develop and maintain the infrastructures in rural and remote areas through introducing alternative energy sources, mainly solar energy, providing life skills training in secluded communities and improving the water situation by implementing rainwater harvesting systems and repairing water wells.

Date Founded 1993-12-15
Primary Focus Capacity Building
Secondary Focus Drinking Water - Schools
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History of Water Projects
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With the assistance from the Austrian NGO SunShine Fellowship two rural youth from the Safer Future Youth Development Project, Idriss S. Kamara and Moray Hengoi were sent to the Barefoot College in Tilonia/India for a six month training on Solar and Rainwater Harvesting Technology.

Organization Background

In a country where there is 4000mm of rain falls between June and October the communities in Sierra Leone still face an acute shortage of reliable drinking water and the only long term sustainable solution is collection of rain water to enable more children and trainees to attend school.

The project has achieved the long term support of the Government of Sierra Leone and an Austrian and Swiss group of supporters. The Austrian Consul to Sierra Leone also provides support and guidance for the growth of the project to more villages.

Today in interior villages of Sierra Leone communities are being forced to use stream, spring and irrigation water for all purposes, which may result in the prevalence of skin diseases, diarrhoea, dysentery, and worm infection.

Rainwater harvesting on the other hand, is a simple and low cost technique that has been practised for hundreds of years. Surface run-off around wells may be redirected to recharge groundwater supplies. Or rainwater from rooftops of schools and other public facilities may be collected and stored. By doing so, large water volumes can be stored in areas were otherwise, without these techniques, no water or insufficient water would be available.

Annual Water and Sanitation Budget
(in USD)
$80,000
Annual Non-Water
Budget
(in USD)
$140,000
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Last Updated: 10 Aug, 2012 (over 6 years ago)

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