When the team arrived the Primary school was very crowded and there were not enough benches for the children and many were forced to sit on the ground. The community had been utilizing an open, contaminated well as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Malaria among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay the community assisted by providing materials and labor whenever possible. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming, teaching, petty trading or working at the local airport.
The team had an opportunity to meet with forty-three year old female community resident and local head teacher Ramatu M. Sesay who stated, “It was very stressful to fetch water with a rope and a rubber from this well. We are so thankful for this new hand pump. It will ease our suffering. When we were waiting for the pump to be installed, we had to walk a great distance for very dirty water. This well is so much closer. We thank God for bringing us living water which is not too far from us.”
The school is overpopulated and there has been no hygiene taught in the area. It was a surprise for community members to see the team offer assistance to install a pump and share hygiene education. The team distributed six Oral Rehydration Solution spoons and shared the following: Disease transmission, Germs, Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Tippy Tap- simple hand washing devise, Good-bad hygiene behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Dental Hygiene.
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 school in Sierra Leone.
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: Lungi Town - Modia - Sierra Leone Muslim Brotherhood Primary School