Future Projects

Extend solar electrification of rural communities and boarding home schools

Extend free training of life skills programmes in remote parts of the country

Improve the water and sanitation systems in rural schools and communities by establishing rainwater harvesting tanks; construct, repair and maintain water wells and erect proper toilet facilities

Provision of start-up kits to successful trainees from the vocational institute as well as from the mobile skills programmes to ensure self-reliance and sustainability

Train more solar technicians to enhance competency, efficiency and create competition for effective services

Support other viable projects in the field of agriculture and health which are contributing to the development of the country.

Mobile Skills

karte_uebersichtMobile Life Skills Training Unit PDF Print E-mail

Safer Future Youth Development Project implemented a “Mobile Life Skills Training Unit” with the support of the local government of Vorarlberg (Austria) in 2002/03.

The aim is to develop rural communities by extending life skills training programmes to areas which have no opportunity to obtain any technical or vocational education.

This programme is very successful as it contributed in the re-integration and training of war affected youth and other disadvantaged young people.

Reaching remote communities is a tedious task due to the bad roads, long distances and cost involved. This leaves a larger share of the country to suffer from high levels of illiteracy and unemployment.

With the help of the local project staff, over 120 rural people have benefited directly from the mobile life skills programme, enable them to improve upon their day to day lives through new knowledge and skills.

A total of 6 rural communities in Sierra Leone significantly affected by the civil war took part in the programme. The goal was to establish education activities in poor rural areas and create new opportunities and facilities for learning.

Workshops on different topics were offered, such as community formation, financial management, family life education, HIV/AIDS education and conflict management. To further empower these communities, training in  Gara Tye dye and Soap production was done creating an income opportunity for the villagers who are traditionally farmers.

The programme was divided into five units and after completion of the training, a tool kit for soap production was given to each working group to guarantee an immediate start up.

“Development groups” were formed within the community to manage the soap business and to insure proper administration and evaluation of activities.

Funds raised from  the sale of soap and Gara material produced help communities to meet different  financial burdens such as school fees, medical treatment, and maintenance of farmland.


Safer Future Farm

In 1994, Safer Future acquire 31 acres (around 12 hectares) of farm land in Nyangbatown, Koya Rural District, about 25 km away from Allen Town.

The farm offers two main opportunities to residents in the region: firstly, students of the Vocational Institute pursing an education in Basic Agriculture are able to apply their knowledge on the farm, obtaining practical hands-on experience. Secondly, share agricultural experience with Farmers in the Farmer based Organisations (FBOs) in Nyangbatown. Also, the crops grown on the farm are sold at a reasonable cost to community members as a means of meeting the running costs of the Programme, thus ensuring its sustainability.

A farming house with dormitories and a classroom for residential training was constructed in 1997/98; in 2004, a kitchen and sanitary building were erected.

An Agriculture Officer and three assistants cultivate vegetables and other perennial crops, including cassava, groundnuts, cashew nuts, mangoes, coconuts, pineapples, sweet potatoes, pepper and garden eggs.

In 2012 the friends of SFYDP in Austria organised a training for staff of the Programme on permaculture. The training was done by a South African born Mr. John Nzira.

Students that offer to be  trained in Basic Electronics and Solar Engineering,at the Rural Electronic Workshop (CCRE) resides at the farm.

Water & Sanitation

SFYDP provided Water and Sanitation facilities in PHUs, communities and schools in Port Loko, Koya, Western area and Moyamba Districts through funds donated by eawag/Sandec,BPR  and UNICEF  of which over 35,000 people now benefit.

Rainwater Harvesting Tanks

Sierra Leone has a record of receiving the highest annual rainfalls in sub-Sahara Africa between April and late September. However, outside the rainy season, the country suffers from water shortages the rest of the year. In rural areas where there is a cut off from any water distribution systems,  seasonal shortages of water are very common and the deteriorating quality of excess water from the rainy period worsens and leads to serious health and sanitation problems. The challenge in Sierra Leone is thus to bridge the gap between the rainy and dry season by providing safe and sufficient quantities of portable water throughout the year; until recently, the capacity for such year round storage has not been possible.
Rooftop rainwater harvesting (RWH) provides an effective simple and cheap solution to this challenge. Rain water coming from the roof of a building is collected through pipes in to a big underground tank . With a simple hand pump, the water can be pumped out  and immediately made accessible. A filter for large particles of dirt and debris, combined with regular chlorine treatment is used to ensure long-term water quality while in storage. the RWH-tank had a life span of up to 35 years.

Two members of Safer Future were trained in rainwater harvesting techniques during their stay at the Barefoot College in India. With the support of the Blue Planet Run Foundation, they implemented different projects to improve the drinking water and sanitation situation for the rural population. SFYDP has been able to disseminate the knowledge of rooftop rainwater harvesting technology among rural people for their enhancement.

Community-based ownership has been established through water and sanitation committees, ensuring responsible and proper handling of these Rain Water Harvesting underground tanks, as well as maintain the quality of the water supply system.

Well repair and maintenance

In the recent years, several international NGOs have constructed different types of wells in rural areas of Sierra Leone.

img_0027The primary challenge of the wells has been in the post-construction phase as communities are left without any knowledge of repairing or maintaining the water supply systems. Transfer of community ownership for the wells has been poor, leaving a large number of the wells to rapidly fall into disrepair. This form of investment naturally wastes large sums of money as the desired goals are not met since residents continue to suffer from a shortage of safe water.

Knowledge of the preventable  waste of such projects, SFYDP intervened to improve the situation of water and sanitation in rural communities, as well as to build up local knowledge and structures for the maintenance and repair of water systems. Two members of Safer Future, Moray Hengoi and Amadu D. C. Bangura were trained in the operation and maintenance of water wells systems and subsequently involved in the dissemination of this knowledge in rural villages.

Construction of RWH-tank – Phase I: PAW Faith-In-Christ Primary School, Allen Town

img_0137The first Rainwater Harvesting Underground Tank was constructed at the Faith-in-Christ Primary School in Lower Allen Town with funds provided by the Blue Planet Run Foundation

Despite the many challenges in getting the excavation and installation completed, the tank was successfully constructed with around 720 students and approximately 500 people in the surrounding neighborhoods now benefit from the availability of clean and pure drinking water.

img_0165Before the installation, residents collected contaminated water from a small stream outside the village. The tank has a capacity of up to 100,000 litres (25’X10’X14’6″), ensuring drinking water will be available for four to five months during the dry season. The committee responsible for the maintenance and the supervision of the usage of water is also a guarantor of the tank and its hand pump for the life time of the equipment. A committee as set up to educate the beneficiaries on the use and upkeep of the tank, and for the treatment of the water.

Construction of RWH-tank – Phase II: Safer Future Youth Training Centre,  Lower Allen Town


With similar funding provided by Blue Planet Run Foundation, SFYDP constructed another Rainwater Harvesting Tank at the Safer Future Youth Training Centre in Allen Town. With the dimensions of 24’ x 13’ x 12’, the tank is big enough to serve all beneficiaries for approximately 4 months during the dry seasons. The strong construction of the concreted walls, strengthened by ball stones and iron rods, ensured that the tank will last the longest period, despite topographical and geographical circumstances. Before the rainy season, the rooftops from which water is collected have to be cleaned from all the dirt and debris. Once the water is inside the filtration tank, the detritus sinks downwards and through a special pipe where the waste is then drained out. After a 09walls2short construction period of just 4 months (November 2005-February 2006), approximately 200 students and staff of Safer Future now benefit from the improved water supply. Before the completion of Phase II , all water had to be fetched from pumps in the neighborhood or even down the hill from a small stream, causing significant inconvenience, particularly for the catering department where there is a greater need for clean water for food preparing. With the completion of Phase II. The committee overseeing the water and sanitation in the area supervises the distribution of the water among over 1500 users from the surrounding area and additionally raises necessary funds for maintenance and repair costs.

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Rehabilitation of water well

img_0020The schools damaged well was rehabilitated and installed a new hand pump through funds provided by the  Blue Planet Run Foundation. Several meetings were held to establish a better relationship and create understanding of collective participation in community development projects. Safer Future assists in the setting up of a committee comprising of members of the school committee and the village to supervise the maintenance and possible repairing of the well in the future through funds collected from users. Every school pupil or community person pays a small amount as contribution for any repairs.

repaired water wellAround 450 members of the school and over 1000 people from the surrounding areas now benefit directly or indirectly form the pure drinking water.

Programme Activities

Focus on Rural Development

img_0152People living in a developing country like Sierra Leone, which remains heavily affected by the destruction of the war, lack not only of poor education and insufficient work, but mostly suffer from bad water supply, insufficient sanitation and poor health care. Safer Future strives to help the marginalised and deprived rural poor to improve the living conditions in the rural areas by creating the necessary infrastructure and also by training community people in repairing and maintaining those facilities.

afrikasl0864Safer Future Youth Development Programme targets to creating a non-polluting and affordable means of electricity for communities through the use of solar energy sources. Also, we train rural people in income generating skills such as soap making and Gara Tye Dye, as well as equipping them with the basic start up kits, so that money could be raised for the education and general well-being of their children

Project Activities

Focus on Rural Development

img_0152People living in a developing country like Sierra Leone, which remains heavily  affected by the destructions of the war, lack not only of poor education and insufficient work, but mostly suffer from bad water supply, insufficient sanitation and poor health care. Safer Future strives to help the marginalised and deprived rural poor to improve the living conditions in the rural areas by (re-)creating the necessary infrastructure and also by training community inhabitants in repairing and maintaining the facilities.
Furthermore, sensitisation and the implementation of community based care-taking committees shall guarantee proper handling and for this reason the best possible life duration.

With theafrikasl0864 introduction of alternate energy sources in Sierra Leone, the Safer Future Youth Development Project aims to create a non-polluting, long lasting way of providing power through solar energy, which is affordable for even the poorest people.For the rural population who are mostly farmers, it is difficult to gain enough money for the education of their children or for covering the costs in case medical treatment is needed. Training in soap making and Gara Tye, as well as equipping them with basic tools, as is the aim Safer Future, gives the possibility to deal with the rising costs.

For each of the different fields, there are specially trained staff members within the Youth Development Project.