The funds for this project will be used to cover the cost to complete the RHT in Mamama, where construction has been disturbed by a crime incidence.
The Safer Future Youth Development Project (SFYDP) has an own Water and Sanitation Department with motivated staff, who are very skilful in community training. The organisation has gained experience with underground Rainwater Harvesting Tanks (RHT), the repairing and maintenance of water-wells and different techniques of water purification like SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection). In 2004 two staff members of the SFYDP were trained in the method of constructing and maintaining RHT at the Barefoot College in India. So far the SFYDP has built eight RHT and is presently finishing the constructing of some other tanks in cooperation with Blue Planet Run, Peer Water Exchange. In 2005 Lifewater International trained three of our staff-members in well repairs and maintenance and about hygiene and sanitation principles. In 2008 two staff-members were also trained about Community Lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) by UNICEF.
Our main focus is always on the cooperation with the affected community. Community members are involved in the construction and totally responsible for the maintenance after completion. Therefore they are trained in the correct utilisation of the water source, informed about hygienic standards as well as water chlorination. Through workshops the awareness of the entire community is guaranteed. To exchange these techniques with other African Countries the Project Manager visited Timbuktu, Mali, in October 2007 to share his knowledge. The SFYDP as a member of the Peer Water Exchange program already cooperated several times with the Blue Planet Run Foundation in constructing tanks for schools. Another strength of the Water and Sanitation Department is to repair water-wells that are broken down due to poor maintenance. Since 2005 the SYFDP repaired over twenty water wells in remote areas. New hand pumps have been installed and through a workshop the entire community was introduced to the correct maintenance of water-wells. This helps to prevent further damages and guarantees the right utilisation, as water-wells are one of the most common water sources in Sierra Leone.
LocationNorthern Province, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 3,815
Inhabitants of Mile 38, Magbontoso, Mamama und Makande
School Children Getting Water: 1,165
People Getting Sanitation: 0
People Getting Other Benefits:
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2008-08-01
Completion Date: 2008-10-15
Indian mark II pump and other construction materials and tools
The project will be done in two phases:
1) Completion of Constructions
2) Caretaker-Training and Handing-over Ceremony
The community organization stays as it was stated in the original project.
Unfortunately we have had a crime incidence at Mamama causing serious problems for the project-completion. The proposed completion date has passed a while ago. The reason for this delay is a crime which was committed by one of our contractors. Mr. Abu Bakar Kamara, the mentioned contractor, received all materials necessary for the construction in Mamama and 70 percent of his salary in advance. Since our project doesn’t own an appropriate place to store materials, it seemed to be better to supply him all materials at once, so he could store them in the school at the location and work independently. By the time the contractor completed about 70 percent of the construction work he disappeared leaving no materials behind. After that we tried to trace him but unfortunately didn’t succeed. On top of that the contractor worked in a very bad manner, which caused us to redo some of the work which has already been done. Thereby material and personnel cost increased again. Seeing ourselves responsible for those happenings, our staff didn’t receive any salaries for eight months to be able to cover the losses and the extra cost. Unfortunately the money gathered by that, wasn’t sufficient to pay to complete the construction. With an extraordinary support from Austria just before Christmas, we have been able to at least pay our staff five months salaries back. This was absolutely necessary as the situation turned out quite bad for our staff members at this time. Until now we haven’t been able to raise enough money from other sources to complete the tanks. Most likely we will not be able to cover for all the losses. The construction status is as following: The cover of the tank has not been constructed yet, as the construction materials and the pump were stolen. The collectors are there and can be fixed as soon as the tank is completed. To be able to complete all constructions involved in the project we would need an additional fund of 3,237.93 US-Dollar. We deeply regret to be in a position right now, where we have to ask for additional funds again. But without your help, I am afraid we will not be able to complete the project in the foreseeable future. Of course we will continue to do our best to complete the construction. We hope that we will find a way to overcome these difficulties together.
If problems like this come up in the future again we will most necessarily have to inform the members from Peerwater/BPR as soon as possible. To avoid the upcoming of such crimes we should try to build our own store, so we could give the materials to our contractors little by little. As long as we don't have a store we should consider other security messures, like security services...
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