Whenever I return to Sierra Leone, I’m welcomed by friends with a hearty, “Long time!” to convey I was missed and they were happy to see me. I can imagine some of you responding likewise, “Long time!” and I apologize for the gap in our communication. But we’ve been busy and we’re back with updates!
We last left you summarizing our partnership on a Rotary International Global Grant supporting three rural schools around the city of Bo. While the Rotary clubs support the schools with new supplies and furniture, and helping 3 teachers at each school to attend college, Healthy Schools International installs latrines and solar power.
By the end of 2018, we’d installed solar and a 7-stall waterless composting latrine building at Largo Primary School. I returned in February of this year to commission the 5-stall latrine at the school in Barlie and to troubleshoot the solar installation at Largo (operator error and provided more training).
We also had the great pleasure of opening a new office in Yonibana, better known as “Mile 91” (it is 91 miles outside Freetown). We are moving our current office located in the IMATT section of Freetown to the more centrally located Mile 91. In the future, we hope to have expanded storage facilities and more staff there so HSI can expand its reach and impact.
World Toilet Day was November 19th! As you can imagine, this day is special for HSI; it’s about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030. We’re proud of how our supporters have helped us make schools a healthier place for students (and safer for girls to attend) by providing private space within eco-friendly sanitation infrastructure.
We hope to complete our third and final sanitation project at Nguabu school, the most remote of the Global Grant schools (so remote, a bridge had to be built over the local stream in order for trucks to deliver the heavier materials.
A few things to look forward to in our the next couple of months; we’ll be launching a new series called, Get to know a volunteer, where we’ll be spotlighting the hard work of our great volunteers from Kenya to Virginia, updates on the Nguabu latrine construction in Sierra Leone, and what happens next at Mile 91!
Stay tuned for more great news about the impact you’re making as you support our mission!