Sierra Leone: DDI Builds Water Wells, Brings Clean Water to Artisanal Diamond Mining Communities

18/06/2015 15:36

Artisanal diamond mining communities identified their top needs to the Diamond Development Initiative. Joining forces with the Government of Sierra Leone (Ministry of Water Resources) and the Kono District Council, DDI contracted local company IMK Construction to build wells with the permission of the Chiefdoms. Chief Kenneth Tommy, the representative of Nimikoro Chiefdom explained the benefit of water wells in improving quality of life in his community by saying: “This has been the first time since the discovery of diamonds in the 1930s for this deprived community in Nikomoro Chiefdom to have access to [a] safe water drinking facility”. Previously, farmers and miners had been fetching water from unprotected water sources.