The Mabap community, which is part of the Bombali community in Sierra Leone, mainly comprises people with disabilities. But also with the ignominy of being treated as outcasts, which negatively affects them and 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 in Bombali and the western districts, new child-friendly schools have been constructed and equipped with appropriate WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) 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 program has given all of us in the Mabap community and the catchment's communities hope for a brighter future, as well as assurance and comfort that our children will receive quality education." Dubai Cares strongly believes that if every child today receives an education, positive change will be achieved resulting in a large-scale impact on generations to come.
Numerous requests have been made previously by the community members for a school that is closer to them 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 the program, but have also been actively involved in its implementation.