Transforming Lives: YPPD’s Impact on WASH in Sierra Leone

The lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities has been a persistent issue in Sierra Leone, particularly in its rural areas. This challenge has dire consequences, impacting health, education, and overall quality of life. YPPD recognized the pressing need to address these challenges head-on and embarked on a mission to transform communities.

The Yorganization is making profound impact across Pujehun, Tonkolili, Western Rural, and Urban Districts. Between 2021 and 2022, YPPD’s dedicated efforts reached 28,000 people with access to hygiene education, safe water supply, and sanitation services, transforming countless lives along the way. The impact of our work is not just about numbers; it’s about the lives we’ve transformed. Over the span of 2021 and 2022, YPPD has reached 28,000 people with essential services, giving them access to clean water and sanitation, and empowering them with the knowledge and tools to lead healthier lives. For the children who no longer have to worry about falling ill from drinking unsafe water, and for the families who now have improved sanitation facilities, these changes are life-altering.

Tejan Kamara, YPPD’s Community Education and Engagement Lead, expressed profound gratitude to the organization’s partners and funders. He highlighted the pivotal role played by the government of Sierra Leone through the respective Local Councils. Kamara remarked,

“Our success is a testament to the power of collaboration. It is through the joint efforts of our team, partners, and local authorities that we have been able to touch the lives of so many people.”

One of the remarkable stories that exemplify the impact of YPPD’s work is that of Satia Jimmy, a young pupil from the Bowbow Community in the Western Rural District. Satia shared,

I have always been punished for going to school late as a result of the constraints I would face in bringing water home. With this timely intervention of the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development, many girls like me remain thankful for this life-changing initiative.”

Access to clean and safe water, proper sanitation facilities, and education on hygiene practices has been a game-changer for communities across these districts. YPPD’s commitment to creating a holistic approach to tackling the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) issue has resulted in improved health, better educational opportunities, and a brighter future for countless individuals, particularly women and girls.

By reaching out to over 28,000 people, YPPD has demonstrated the transformative power of community-centered development. The organization’s multifaceted strategy includes infrastructure rehabilitation, community engagement, and capacity building for local artisans. It is not merely about providing water and sanitation; it is about empowering communities to take ownership of their WASH facilities, fostering long-term sustainability.

The impact of YPPD’s work extends beyond improved health and access to clean water. It reaches the heart of communities, where young girls like Satia Jimmy can now pursue their education without the burden of carrying water for miles. The organization’s efforts have not only transformed the physical landscape of these districts but have also instilled hope and the belief that positive change is possible.

Our journey began with the belief that empowerment and education are the keys to sustainable change. In Pujehun, Tonkolili, Western Rural, and urban districts, we introduced comprehensive hygiene education programs. These programs reached schools, communities, and individuals, emphasizing the importance of clean hands, safe water, and proper sanitation. We empowered individuals with knowledge, teaching them how to protect themselves from waterborne diseases and make informed decisions about their health.” Theresa G.Masuba, Gender Officer

YPPD’s work exemplifies the significant and lasting impact that a committed organization can have on the lives of those it serves. Through collaboration, innovation, and unwavering dedication, YPPD continues to be a beacon of hope, bringing transformation and progress to communities in Sierra Leone.

A Brighter Future

As we look back on our journey in Pujehun, Tonkolili, Western Rural, and urban districts, we are filled with hope and determination. The progress we’ve made is a testament to the impact that dedicated individuals and organizations can have on communities in need. We are resolute in our commitment to continue this work and reach even more people in Sierra Leone, transforming their lives and building a brighter, healthier future.

Our WASH Program mission to provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education is far from over. YPPD remains deeply committed to our goal of promoting peace and development through community-based initiatives. We are determined to reach more districts, more communities, and more individuals, making sure that no one is left behind in our journey toward a healthier, safer, and more prosperous Sierra Leone. Together, we can transform lives, one community at a time.