The Measham Family Christian Foundation

Water, Women, Health-Sierra Leone & Guinea Bissau

The project aims to reduce mortality and ill health caused by dirty water and malnutrition in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. The project will also focus on empowering local women and training young people in construction, well repair & maintenance, natural medicine, agriculture and community saving

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1110434)

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£11,794

Donations

21

Championed by Private Match Fund

Situation

The project aims to reduce mortality and ill health caused by dirty water and malnutrition in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone, where many children are lost every year. This is primarily due to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and malaria. Many also die from malnutrition. They typically have to walk over 3 miles for dirty water and spend 4-5 hours a day doing this, meaning they can't attend school. They have no healthy food. Villagers have no health centre, nor even proper roads to reach one.

Solution

Providing wells and training residents how to maintain them ensures access to clean water for the future. Having wells in the villages means that people do not spend hours per day collecting water. Toilets improve health. Women-led market gardens empowers local women, tackles malnutrition with healthy vegetables and bring in income. Training for young women in natural medicine improves health and further empowers women. Education on sanitation and nutrition further decreases disease risk.