The Mabap community which is part of the Bombali community in Sierra Leone is mainly comprised of people with disabilities. These people not only have to contend with their disabilities but also with the ignominy of being treated as outcasts, which not only affects them but also their children. To attend the nearest school, children have to walk between 2-4 kilometers each day and hence are consequently left with very limited educational opportunities. Under the Dubai Cares “WASH-in-Schools”program which is being implemented in Bombali and the western area districts, new schools are being constructed which will be child-friendly and equipped with appropriate WASH facilities.
Mr. Pa Alie Koroma who is a member of the Mabap community believes that with his child attending this new school, his family’s status in the community will improve.“This project has given all of us in the Mabap community and the catchment’s communities, hope for a brighter future, and the assurance and comfort that our children will receive quality education.”
Numerous requests have been made previously by the community members for a school that is closer but all pleas have gone unanswered. Realizing the tremendous positive impact that the Dubai Cares program will have on their lives and that of their children, Mr. Koroma and other members of the Mabap community have not only appreciated but also been actively involved and engaged with this project.