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ENHANCING CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN RURAL SIERRA LEONE PROJECT

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The project is funded and supported by Engineers without Borders-DK and Civil Soceity in Development

Project Fact Sheet
Donor Partners:

Engineers without Borders-Denmark and Civil Society in Development

Project Implementing Partner:

SEND Sierra Leone Project Location:

Kenema District

Duration:

Project Budget:

$48,406

Project Thematic Areas:

WASH and CLIMATE ACTION

Contact details and contact

Joseph Ayamga,

Country Director

SEND Sierra Leone

[email protected]

+23 278 206 853

PROJECT CHALLENGES

Ranked the third most vulnerable country globally only after Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone faces harsh adverse climate change effects due to its high level of multi-dimensional fragility. With only 47% of the rural population having access to water, achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2030 presents a challenge for the country to succeed. According to a national survey (2017), climate change is causing the drying of wells at critical times of the year due to weather patterns. This poses further challenges in achieving the SDG targets. With fragile health systems, the persistent occurrence of cholera outbreaks and water-borne diseases, rural communities are threatened with health risks related to flooding, insufficient WASH infrastructure, and changed rainfall patterns.

In Kenema district, the incidence of extreme poverty affects 24.2% of the population, a statistic which is worsened due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused widespread loss of livelihoods for rural communities heavily dependent on petty trading and agriculture. UNICEF estimates that only 22% of the population in Kenema district have access to potable water. With high poverty levels in the Kenema district, developing measures to adapt to climate change has been minimal, worsening access to potable water for most rural communities.

PROJECT SOLUTION

The project will improve livelihoods in the Kenema district through a bottom-up participatory engagement in developing climate-sensitive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) governance to raise awareness and support communities to build low-cost measures that will provide the needed resilience capacity towards the impacts of climate change on WASH. Communities will be empowered to undertake measures such as tree planting, drainage canals, the institutionalisation of user fees to generate resources for the proper maintenance of WASH infrastructure. Financial and technical resources will be provided to the communities to support the development of low-cost WASH facilities and measures at the district level to improve coordination of key stakeholders such as the district council, WASH coordination unit.

THE PROJECT HAS OUTPUTS THAT ARE ESPOUSED FOR SUCCESS:

  • Raised awareness in Kenema district in 10 communities and the Kenema WASHCord on the effects of climate change and its impact on WASH infrastructure
  • Implementation of low-cost climate robust WASH infrastructure
  • KEY ACTIVITIES

    Training and organisational support raise awareness of climate change’s impact and gain the skill set to identify and address community needs related to WASH climate adaptation.r

    Disbursal of seed funds to communities

    • Construction of low-cost WASH facilities

    • Capacity building of district and national stakeholders on WASH coordination

    PROJECT OBJECTIVE

    Improved climate-sensitive livelihood security in the Kenema district

    PROJECT LOCATION

    District
    Kenema
    COMMUNITY
    (to be determined)s

    TARGET BENEFICIARIES

    #
    DESCRIPTION
    TARGET

    01

    RESIDENTS

    5,000

    02

    WASH COMMUNITY COMMITTEES

    10

    03

    WASH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    70

    04

    TRADITIONAL LEADERS

    10

    05

    MEMBERS OF KENEMA WASH COORDINATION UNIT

    19

    06

    STUDENTS AND LECTURERS FROM THE ETU

    6

    ABOUT
    SEND SIERRA LEONE

    SEND Sierra Leone is non-governmental organization registered with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone with a vision to contribute to a Sierra Leone where people’s rights and well- being are guaranteed. SEND Sierra Leone is part of a West African structure with a headquarters in Ghana and offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone where approaches and experiences are shared. SEND Sierra Leone is an independent structure, a local NGO registered in Sierra Leone with a local Board, which has its own project portfolio and budget separate from Ghana.

    SEND’s portfolio includes community development, WaSH, health, nutrition/agriculture and women’s empowerment. Intervention areas are in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Western Areas Urban, and Rural districts and more recently, the district of Bonthe.

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