A well of happiness The construction of a new water well at the Logos School in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will protect the health of children for years to come. The provision of safe, clean water has always been a key priority for Bread and Water for Africa UK. Over the years, we’ve helped build water wells, reservoirs, and installation systems across Africa that have transformed communities – and saved many lives. In Sierra Leone, the need for clean water supplies is especially urgent. Although the country has a high rainfall every year, almost half the population has no access to safe drinking water. Instead, they rely on dangerous sources such as free-standing water, dirty ponds, and unprotected wells. These are potential breeding grounds for water-borne diseases – the largest cause of death in Sierra Leone. Digging deep Recently, we teamed up with our long-term partner, Faith Healing Development Organisation (FHDO), to build a water well at the Logos School in Kenema, one of the most impoverished parts of the country. Access to a safe supply of water has been a major challenge for the local population of 10,000, with families having to travel many miles each day to find water for drinking, cooking, and irrigation. Often they’ve had to put their lives at risk by drawing water from unprotected sources. Thanks to generous gifts from our supporters, we were able to give the go-ahead for the construction. Four months later, the deep well and pump are now completed. Providing a constant, clean water supply, to the pupils and teachers. Now, the children are able to stay in school instead of having to go searching for water. Most important of all, the clean, safe water is keeping them free from disease – giving them the chance of a healthy future. The benefits of clean water Prevents the spread of water-borne diseases that claim the lives of many thousands of people every year in Sierra Leone. Stops the poorest children having to travel long distances to find safe water for drinking and cooking when they should be in school. Improves the level of sanitation amongst the general population, reducing the risk of conditions like Hepatitis A and typhoid fever.