When the team arrived the community was utilizing an open, contaminated well to meet all of their water needs and because of this residents were suffering from Dysentery, Malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The community was happy to have their well sealed and were actively involved with the well rehabilitation. Community members participated by providing materials, labor whenever possible and security over the water project during the night. The majority of community members sustain a living by petty trading or working for the government. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community the team provided community member Kadijatu Jaward with a LWI contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The team had an opportunity to meet with forty year old female community member and local trader Marsary Samura who stated, “The old water source was not safe. It was very stressful. We suffered a lot with our children by putting the rubber into the well. The water was not good and the well was not secure. With this new sealed well and new hand pump, the water is clear to drink and it is much easier to get access to the water.”
During the hygiene education the following principal issues were addressed: Disease transmission, Germs, Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Diarrhea Doll- causes of diarrhea, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Good-bad hygiene behaviors and Disease Transmission Stories.
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 well repair for a community in Sierra Leone.
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: Mahera - 5 Amina Street - Port Loko District - Sierra Leone