Moyamba Programme Unit
Area: 6,902 sq. km
Plan started work in Moyamba in 1989, but after 5 years had to stop operations due to insecurity during the civil war. In 2000, with the war over, we resumed work starting with our educational renewal programme, which aimed to rebuild children’s lives through learning.
Moyamba’s rainy season runs from May to October, with the heaviest downpours in July and August. This makes rural travel over land difficult, and can have an impact on Plan and other non-governmental organisations’ ability to run projects.
Moyaba is composed mainly of the Mende, Sherbro, Temne and Loko ethnic groups. Communities rely mainly on fishing, rice production and oil palm plantations for work, as well as employment by mining companies searching for aluminium ore and other minerals.
Improving survival of mothers and children
Malaria is widespread in Sierra Leone. To help treat what can often be a fatal disease, Plan has trained laboratory technicians on malaria diagnosis and provided every health unit in the district with malaria testing kits.
We have also run awareness campaigns to help communities themselves realise the importance of preventing the disease, and have distributed insecticide-treated bed nets.
We have been running training courses for maternal and child health workers on how to better manage children’s illnesses and educating young people about sexually transmitted infections and HIV and AIDS prevention.
We have also been helping the district health management team to implement its new, free healthcare system at community level.
Community-Led Total Sanitation
Plan’s Community-Led Total Sanitation approach is used to help individuals and their communities to practice safe hygiene and improve sanitation in their local environment. Already, 30 villages have declared themselves ‘open defecation free’ and have adopted the key hygiene and sanitation practices they’ve learnt to keep their new water wells clean and safe to use.
Plan has introduced the village savings and loan scheme and people are able to invest in their business and save for the future. We have also created youth groups so that support children to make their voice heard by participating in policy and decision making, as well as lobbying for their rights and tackling issues that face them, including violence in their schools.
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