World Vision Sierra Leone

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


What we want to do:

We want to see all children enjoy access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities close to their homes so that they can stay healthy. We are working towards this by:

  • Increasing access to potable water, improving sanitation and hygiene conditions of Sierra Leone’s most vulnerable children and families
  • Ensuring safe and equitable access for all 
  • Ending Open Defecation
What is the problem? 

There is sufficient fresh water in Sierra Leone. But due to bad economics and poor infrastructure, lack of access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities plague families in Sierra Leone, especially those in rural areas.

  • 40% of Sierra Leone’s population still collects their drinking water from unprotected sources. And the majority of them must travel more than 30 minutes to collect unsafe water, which is the only available option.
  • 19.8% of Sierra Leone’s population has access to improved sanitation facilities and hygiene, especially in the urban area
  • 80.2% of rural and slum families continue to rely on open defecation.

How is World Vision addressing the issues?

We are drilling new and rehabilitating mechanized boreholes to increases access to clean water for families near their homes and installing comprehensive water solutions in schools and health facilities. We are also educating families and communities about the importance of proper hygiene practices and facilities, making them accessible through subsidies for individual families and building sanitation facilities at Health Centre’s and Schools.

Is what World Vision doing working?

Yes! Each day more and more children, families and community members enjoy close access to clean water through the boreholes that are drilled and the water and sanitation systems installed at schools and health Centre’s. In communities where we have been working longer, we see significantly more families (71, 5%) with access to basic sanitation facilities compared to the national average (19.8%).

What’s the impact?*

  • 49,670 people gained access to clean drinking water
  • 47 boreholes were drilled with mechanized systems of 24 hours water supply
  • 10 non-functioning water points and water systems were rehabilitated
  • 17,726 people gained access to basic sanitation facilities
  • 258 improved sanitation facilities were constructed in schools and health facilities, providing improved hygiene to 28,124 children

 *all numbers from 2016 and 2017

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