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Sierra Leone is located in the West part of Africa, lying north ofthe equator Sierra Leone enjoys a tropical climate as its capitalFreetown sits on the coastal Peninsula. Sierra Leone is home to morethan 4.7 million people with a large population of children andyouth.
Most of them speak Mende, Krio or Temne languages and taught Englishin schools. Each region and ethnic group has a differentinterpretation of what things mean. Temne people are particularly aninteresting group making up a large population of Lunsar town andSierra Leone. According to Taylor (2014), Temne people make up 40% ofthe entire population. Their living style is unique divided innumerous chiefdoms, which are ruled by a paramount chief. A familyset up may be made of a monogamous or polygamous union with childrenor other relatives. They hold many cultural values and inheritance orsuccession for example, is only governed by patrilineal descents.They hold religious beliefs in God and ancestral spirits whileChristianity and Islam religions have also taken over the community.
Symbolism for Temne people is imperative and very vital holdingdifferent meanings. The rice plant for example, symbolizesexcellence, song and folklore, currency and is highly valued for itscentral staple benefits to Temne people and the entire state. Temnepeople can describe rice variant forms in more than 20 ways. Thevalue of rice in this state cannot be measured, it is a greatcommodity with the rice grain being placed as one of the nationalsymbols. As a result, the continuity of rice farming is a matter atthe heart of many people from Sierra Leone, for not only its culturalvalue but its symbolism and centrality in the lives Sierra Leoneans.However, one challenge that this state faces is the changing andunpredictable rain patterns that have left many farmers worried.
Sierra Leone has mangrove swamps along its coastline apart fromFreetown, which is at the capital of the town. Most of its otherregions are plateau covered with forest and mountains in the NE.Bringing water and irrigation systems to villages in Sierra Leonewould be the greatest blessing for Sierra Leoneans. It would boosttheir farming activities and greatly help civilians especially fromLunsar. Lunsar is geographically situated about 120km NE of Freetown. It is a mountainous region that is hard to access but with thebuilt road from Freetown, accessibility was made easier. The town inPort Loko district has little to be proud of as they gaze on thefallen iron ore extraction just a few kilometers from them. Theproject was functional until 1985. Those were glorious days forLunsar people as salaries and jobs were not a challenge. Statisticsreveal that people living in Lunsar are poverty-stricken and lackbasic needs like clean water and food. The maternal and infantmortality rate in Lunsar is the worst in Sierra Leone (Lode andSesay, 2006). Lack of water and sanitation are a major challenge formany people living in Lunsar.
Like many developing countries, Sierra Leone suffers from challengesof making its economy strong and competitive argues Internationalbusiness (2012). With the Dasani water and irrigation schemes, Lunsarpeople will significantly improve their agricultural economy. Thebenefits of water include increased food production, improved health,stable and growing economy that decreases poverty largely. The Dasaniwater project could be the miracle that Lunsar people have beenwaiting for to get out of their state.
There are many opportunities for this project to prevail as manypeople in Lunsar are in dire need of water. The government willprobably support and welcome the idea. The potential threats areconflicting with other schemes in the region that are partlyfunctional or not functional. As an international company, Dasani hasto be ready to go down to those villages which are not too glamorousand sell ideas to the people there. Health threats are anotherchallenge with the increasing cases of ebola in Lunsar and SierraLeone. The project implementers have to be very cautious as they takeup this project. Overall, bringing water to Lunsar is of greatbenefit. It will improve the living conditions of many people.
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