It notes that the people need wider roads and bridges in the community, and explains, “There are few sticks and board bridges which are even dangerous for use. Some need repairs, some need a total overhaul and, in some areas, they need new footbridges.”
Caritas Freetown notes that construction of bridges will be more beneficial for pregnant women, lactating mothers, persons with disabilities, the aged and the sick in cases of emergency.
“In the period under review, we have evidenced challenges that the people go through to evacuate the serious sick, pregnant women, children and lactating mother in time of emergencies,” the charity and development arm of the Church in Sierra Leone says, and adds, “In the raining season, due to overflowing ditches and the few available foot bridges, the children cannot venture of their homes to school or to the market to buy food.”
Managing waste is another hurdle for residents of Culvert, Fr. Konteh has told ACI Africa, adding that over time, Caritas Freetown has been engaged in clean-up activities and sensitization programs to help the community keep the environment clean.
“Before our intervention, people just littered the community with no control and penalties for defaulters. During our intervention, we taught them on waste control and disposal mechanisms,” Fr. Konteh told ACI Africa in the August 31 interview.
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He said that the Church institution is collaborating with the Western Area Municipality Council on other environmental interventions in the community.
“In collaboration we are to popularize the by-laws formulated by the council and will ensure they become effective in the Culvert community,” the Freetown Caritas Executive Director said, adding that the Culvert community members are becoming more involved in the care of their surroundings.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.