The Measham Family Christian Foundation

Health & Water in Sierra Leone & Guinea Bissau

The project aims to provide clean water to communities in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. The project will also focus on hand-washing and disease prevention, empowering women and training young people in construction, well repair & maintenance, natural medicine, agriculture and community saving.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1110434)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,192

Donations

45

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

Multiple locations

Situation

Rural communities in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone lose many children are every year primarily due to dirty water causing diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and malaria and now COVID-19. Many also die from malnutrition. People cannot use current water sources to safely wash hands, drink or cook. They must walk for hours every day to access water, meaning that they (mainly girls) cannot attend school. Villagers have no health centre, nor even proper roads to reach one.

Solution

Providing wells to villages and training residents on how to maintain them ensures access to clean water and that people do not spend hours per day collecting water. Women-led market gardens empower local women, tackle malnutrition with healthy vegetables and bring income. Training for young women in natural medicine improves health and further empowers women. Education on sanitation, disease and nutrition further decreases disease risk. A unique community-led approach ensures lasting change.