Ground-Breaking Enviro-Loos to Help Stem Cholera

Rough-and-smooth-sand-to-be-mixed-together-for-better-concrete-work.-300x225From UNICEF: Cholera is known as a disease that affects the poor because of the lack of access to clean water and improved sanitation. The best preventive measure against cholera is access to improved water supply, basic sanitation and hygiene.

Deeper Missions is working at the heart of the problem in Sierra Leone. It’s most recent project was initiated to benefit Mercy Hospital in Bo and the surrounding community.

With the help of an innovation grant from the Child Health Foundation, we started our second waterless, solar composting latrine construction that will bring improved sanitation and protect ground water from leaking pit latrines to the hospital located in Kulanda Town, Bo.

Click here to read more on construction progress.

By |August 31st, 2012|

Mercy Hospital and Nursing School – Sanitation Project

The Gates Foundation highlights that 1.5 million children die each year due to food and water contaminated with fecal matter–it’s a sad reality.

We’ve initiated a new sanitation project in Sierra Leone, assisted by a small innovation grant from the Child Health Foundation.

The project will provide 4 waterless solar composting latrines for Mercy Hospital. This will eliminate ground water contamination from using basic pit latrines in the area.

We only need $4500 by October to complete this project.  Please consider clicking on the “Donate” button to the right, today, to help make an important difference to thousands, visitors and the local community.

There’s also a Network for Good, “CAUSES” page for this project which provides more information, videos and photos. You can learn more and donate directly by clicking here.  Thank you!

By |July 4th, 2012|

Sanitation Project Validation and Hope For Kakua Program at Deaf School

With only 4 days and a long to-do list, we hit the ground running. The rainy season has been gentle on us so far–few showers and the worst storms were a couple of weeks ago.

Deaf school Eloo inspection

Inspecting Eloos after 4 months operations

 

Linda and I immediately headed out to the New York Section of Bo to meet up with the director of the deaf school and the sanitation project contractor from January.  We wanted to validate the Eloos were operating as expected after 4 months, as well as collect photos and profile information at the deaf school so we could complete more student profiles for our Hope For Kakua sponsors.

I was very pleased to see the Eloos were being used properly and that composting and dehydration was already occurring.

The day was also filled with the excitement of working with all the students at the Ebert-Kakua School for the Deaf that day–no matter the disability, children are children and young people are young people–full of hopes and fears, and always curious and willing to share a smile as I tried my halting signing skills while photographing each student, teachers interpreted, and Linda captured their interests and other personal details.

Young girls at deaf school

Fatmata and Kuru, 8 and 10, are students benefiting from the Hope For Kakua Program

 

Although Deeper Missions focuses on bringing health-giving clean energy, safe water and sanitation solutions to communities in need, the Hope For Kakua Sponsor-a-Student program is a natural extension to our mission as students are supported with essential materials and meals to help the learn at their best.

Linda and I are coming home with over 30 more student profiles to share with those who would like to help empower some of the most vulnerable of Sierra Leone’s population; young men and women, and children who, without the Ebert-Kakua School’s academic and vocational training, would be forced to simply beg on the streets each day to help feed their family.

Mercy Hospital Eloo Project Review

Derek reviewing Eloo engineering diagrams with contractor, Peter Jaka

 

We also spent the day looking ahead to the next sanitation project.  With new engineering and design specifications in hand, I met with Mr. Jaka, the contractor for the Mercy Hospital Eloo project, as well as with Mr. Sonneh, of LoMa Builders, whose company specializes in local building material excellence and training youth in construction skills. I hope to tour his training and manufacturing site tomorrow

Both men are anxious to prove themselves in this and future projects which, along with improving the health of their communities, will provide needed work for a country whose unemployment rate is estimated at a staggering 70%.

 

 

By |May 15th, 2012|