Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, "This was such a great project. Every day the Chief was present at the site. He was such a great person to have around. There was such great interest by the community in this project. A goat was given to the Country Director at the dedication ceremony." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a mud hole located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria and respiratory illnesses among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of four men and four women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided food for the team, security over the water project during the night and housed the LWI Sierra Leone team. The community’s use of a covered pit latrine also contributed to the spread of disease in the area and was not a practical sanitation solution for community families. The LWI Sierra Leone team also constructed a composting toilet that is accessible by the entire community. Most community members earn a living by fishing, gardening, teaching, petty trading, making palm oil and producing coal. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Damalia Bangura, with a LWI Sierra Leone contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
During the hygiene education, the LWI Sierra Leone team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions. After the hygiene education, the community constructed a fence around the well site to keep livestock and wild animals away from their water source.
06/27/2012: Church Of God Prophecy Primary School Now Equipped With A Well And New Hygiene Facilities
Students at a school in Sierra Leone receive the gift of water! We just posted a report from the field including pictures and GPS coordinates
Nearly 20 years ago, we set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed water projects for 7,000 communities in 26 countries.
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and LWI Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.
That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local people to implement solutions in their own countries.
Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It’s hard to know which lives are changed more—those “serving” or those “being served.”
Our training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water.
LWI's Sierra Leone program launched in the wake of the nation's civil war. The operation trains ex-child soldiers and women who were victimized during the hostilities, equipping them to rehabilitate broken-down wells and educate villagers in basic health and hygiene practices.
A new well for a school in Sierra Leone
Project Type: WAsH for Schools
Location: Lungi,Pewulay, Church of God Prophecy Primary School