Kalangba Junction SLMB Primary School

Sierra Leone 518 beneficiaries Loko Massama, Port Lok...
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SLMB Primary School is one of the oldest and most prevalent primary schools in Kalangba Junction and its surrounding communities. This school was founded by the SLMB mission with the main aim of providing primary education to children in Kalangba Junction community and nearby communities. 

This school provides an opportunity for children to attend primary school without needing to migrate to big towns.The school started with an enrollment of 160 boys and 40 girls. There were 3 male teachers and no female teachers at that time. The school started under a single building that was partitioned into the various classes. There was no latrine facility at the school when it was founded.

Presently, the school comprises of three buildings that are built with cement bricks and roofed with zinc. The school buildings are painted in yellow at the top and brown beneath. There is a temporal fence made with local sticks at the from entrance of the school. 

There are dwelling houses around the school compound and each of those houses are shaded with huge mango trees. The environment of this school is tidy except for the two-latrine area at the school. The use of the latrine facilities without water at the school is leaving the area in an unpleasant situation. There is a large playing field at the back of the school building where the pupils and other youth in the community play football or do other sporting activities. The soil formation of the field and the school is encompassed with a sand which is quite comfortable for the children to play.
The 511 students and seven staff at Kalangba Junction SLMB Primary School face a water crisis every single day.

“The school has over 500 pupils, and each of them needs water to drink and to use every day at school. It is challenging for me to maintain them on the school grounds when they are thirsty for water,” said 40-year-old teacher Margarette Sesay (seen teaching in the attached photo).

Their main source of water is a protected dug well with a hand pump in need of rehabilitation on the school campus. The well is not effectively providing enough water for the large school population. Community members also use the water because the school’s management finds it challenging to restrict access to the well without a fence. The high demand leads to drying and frequent pump breakdowns, forcing everyone to search for water elsewhere.

“The school water well is not sustainable. It dries often during the dry season to [the] early rainy season. This causes a shortage in water at this school. The community people also are contributing to the breakdown of the pump and the shortage in water from the well,” continued Margarette, shown below collecting water from the community well.

When their well dries, students criss-cross the dangerous roads of busy Kalangba Junction looking for water. Traveling the dangerous roads of the busy trading center puts them at serious risk of being injured or worse.

Their first stop is usually the community well, but it’s impossible to quickly collect water and get back to school because it is often overcrowded.

“It is hard to fetch water from the well in the community when there are people waiting to fetch water at the same time,” said 14-year-old student Sinnah B., shown below collecting water.

When students grow tired of wasting their valuable time, they resort to collecting water from anywhere they can find it. Most often, that is from unprotected water sources whose water is unfit for human consumption. Drinking contaminated water contributes to water-related illnesses, stealing the students’ health long-term.

The time students waste fetching water is also hindering their learning and limiting their ability to complete their school curriculum. The older pupils are especially affected since they’re unable to maintain their grades to pursue secondary school education. They often become frustrated and drop out of school, limiting their futures.

With a protected well that functions properly, students will be able to get back to learning and building promising futures.
Here's what your support will do

Well Rehabilitation
The well marked for this overhaul is dry for a few months every year and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump will be removed, and a hand auger will be lowered inside and powered by a drill team. This hand auger will allow the team to drill several meters deeper to hit a sufficient water column that will ensure the well supplies water throughout all seasons.

As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming the bottom of this hand-dug well into a borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the pump, a construction that we know will also improve the quality of water.

Once this plan is implemented, everyone within the community will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training
There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.

After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.

These trainings will also strengthen the water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.
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