Aminata is 13 and her younger brother Santos is 8 years and they both reside in ward 415, in constituency 119 with their parents, but unfortunately this family of four have no proper water and sanitation facility. Constituency 119 is in the east end part of Freetown’s municipality and lacks access to water and sanitation. Both Aminata and Santos do not get enough sleep because together with other residents of the community get up at odd hours of the night to access the nearest available tap, to fetch water. Most times the available public tap will be overcrowded, which make it impossible to fill a five-gallon container, cannot adequately serve the Kanu family and so with others. The problem of water and proper sanitation (toilets) in ward 415 is the same in many parts of Freetown, but according to local head Pa Osman, the reason for the problem is population increase and nature cannot stop population, as he puts it. It is for this reason Petro Jetty in keeping to its five year corporate social responsibility is assisting communities without WATSAN to access the facility. The project proposal after careful consideration will service three communities, Africanus, Fisheries and Temne Town and will take four months of construction through the community development committee, with oversight from the implementing company.
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At the formal launch ceremony, at Temne town residents were encouraged to be part of the construction as community participation is key in community development. Fisherman, Abu Kamara was delighted that his community will soon have a proper toilet facility, noting that many a time it is unsightly to see faeces floating in the sea as a result of open defecation. He added that open defecation also affects fish stock and pollutes the community. Kamara assured that, he will talk to his fellow sea fearers to desist from open defecation and will engage in community awareness to end the bad practice. Bintu Konjoh is the ward councilor of the constituency, assured that during the implementation process she will engage the women on how to observe WATSAN controls, so after the completion of the facilities residents would be able to use the facilities with much ease. She also informed that mechanism will be in place to reduce damage to the facilities and address sustainability. Honourable, Wuror Timbo Jalloh of Constituency 119 said the company has implemented two community projects which is in line in meeting its social corporate responsibility, over time.
By Ade Campbell
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