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Thirsting for Hope - Sierra Leone

Thirsting for Hope - Sierra Leone

MissionGO works bring clean water to Sierra Leone and teaching the required skills to develop clean water sources and bring sanitation and hygiene while linking to all to ongoing Christian Education at the Village level.

Only 2% of the population in Sierra Leone has access to clean, readily available drinking water, and most households lack basic sanitation

Added to these struggles, Sierra Leone is marked by the poorest standards of living. It has the seventh-lowest life expectancy and one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Seventy percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Sierra Leoneans collect most of their drinking water from polluted sources. Pollutants and poor sanitation are attributed to some of the health problems in the country. Sierra Leone is one of the toughest countries to survive in.

The average life expectancy for a Sierra Leonean is only 56 years. One of the lowest in the world, much of this statistic can be blamed on poor living conditions. Almost half of the population is not using a protected water source for drinking. Most of the unsafe drinking sources are freestanding water, such as ponds, and unprotected wells. 

Infections and parasites, most found in contaminated water, lead to the largest cause of death in Sierra Leone. Poor sanitation generates a high risk of hepatitis A and Typhoid fever. Still, water breeds malaria-carrying mosquitoes that plague the region with one of the most common deadly infections contracted in the area. Overall, health and standard of living are poor.

The country has a rainy season of about six months of each year. The rain is too torrential to be collected or used properly. Floods fill wells with waste and spread contaminated water to other drinking sources. For the amount of rain that soaks their land during the summers, Sierra Leoneans are confronted by equally difficult droughts during a winter dry season.

This country has insubstantial water storage to last through their dry season. It withdraws only one-third the amount of freshwater of other countries in a similar size. Even though 95 percent of water is used agriculturally, ninety percent of food is imported into Sierra Leone.

The MissionGO Water Project has been building wells to provide clean water in hundreds of villages, for thousands of Sierra Leoneans so far. There are going projects that will allow schools and rural communities to have access to safe drinking water.  Please join us, by becoming an investor in CLEAN WATER.