News Release

Water is Now Accessible to Community in Sierra Leone

Clean Water is a Blessing

Clean water is readily accessible to members of Hill Top Community in Sierra Leone after the construction of a dam and the installation of water storage tanks, thanks to funding provided by LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  


On October 7, a Hill Top Community Chief, a local pastor, and the Imam from the village mosque, and more than one hundred Hill Top residents joined LDS Charities for a presentation ceremony of the completed water project to community leaders.

This water project included installation of two 5,000 liter storage tanks and construction of a small dam at a fresh water source. The resulting reservoir will provide a permanent supply of water for Hill Top Community, even during the dry season.

Community Chief Momoh Conteh expressed appreciation for the assistance. “We are very happy,” he said. “Thank you for this great improvement provided by LDS Charities, and all those who contributed in diverse ways in making this dream a reality.”

The ceremony was attended by other local government leaders, religious leaders, members of neighboring communities, as well as Elder and Sister Carley, humanitarian specialists for LDS Charities. 

Imam Abu S. Turay addressed the religious volunteers when he said, “Religious people are like mirrors and everyone looks up to them as examples. We appreciate the shining examples you have been to our community.”  

The Imam reminded those in attendance, “…water is a blessing. Due to this gift from LDS Charities, these blessings will not stop, but will continue for future generations. Let us be prudent and handle this water facility with care and proper maintenance.”

As a token of appreciation, the Hill Top Community leaders presented a male goat and a hand carved wooden plaque to the humanitarian specialists.

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