Caritas Freetown has on Tuesday 25th July, 2017, commissioned and hands over nine (9) community boreholes and pumps in various communities within the Western Area Rural District. The boreholes which are part of the organization’s WASH project cost around seven hundred and fifty million Leones (Le 750, 000, 000).
The facilities provided will the serve the various communities providing them with clean drinking water that was lacking all this while.
Handing over the newly constructed boreholes and pumps, the Arch-Bishop of Freetown, Dr. Edward Tamba Charles, expresses happiness to Caritas for providing safe drinking water to deprived communities within the Western Area. “As a church we feel with the people and share their plight. We are obliged as a church and organization in providing facilities that do not exist,” he said.
|Arch Bishop Edward Tamba Charles commissioning one of boreholes
He added, “the name Caritas means love in action and this is what we are exhibiting in communities where we operate. We will continue to reach out to our people who find themselves in difficult circumstances, thereby complementing government efforts.”
Bishop Tamba Charles admonished communities to take very good care of the facilities provided noting that Caritas will not be in the position to provide security or look after the boreholes any more. “Yes we will continue to monitor but the bulk of the responsibility of protecting these facilities lies on your shoulder. Make the very best use of it, don’t allow other people to damage or mess it up because it belongs to you,” the Bishop advised.
“We all know water is life and safe and pure water prevents communities from disease such as cholera, typhoid and malaria. You have put in place by-laws make sure these bye laws work for the good of the community,” he said.
Kayode Akintola, from CAFOD, said they were approach by Caritas Freetown for the provision of and rehabilitation of boreholes and hand dug out pumps in various communities around Rokel, John Thorpe, Gbogbo and other areas.
“As part of our mandate in working with communities is to provide facilities that do not exist but more so in reaching out to communities in need. Here we are today as we have completed the rehabilitation of three boreholes and constructed six more. We have also trained young people to look after the facilities and work with communities on how to maintenance the boreholes if they get damage or the need arise,” Kayode Akintola added.
Kayoed noted that the construction was done through the guidance of the Ministry of Water Resources responsible to provide and supervise WASH facilities within communities. He added his voice calling on communities to take very good care of the facilities provided. The next stage of this project, he said is to provide the tools to all community executive for the maintenance of the facility and it up keep.
Matina Sesay, beneficiary and community WASH secretary in her statement thanked Caritas Freetown for the provision of water facility. “As a community we have suffer for quite too long in accessing safe drinking water. We used to go far in search of safe drinking water and this has resulted into children getting hit by Okada riders and the rest,” she added.
She said with the construction of the water well numerous accidents involving children and sometimes the elderly will now be over. We will make sure we take very good care of the facility provided and we promised we will do all we can as a community to maintained this facility.
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