Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
A headman in the community stated, "That the community needed to stop grumbling about government not helping them. He said we are all human beings, all mortal man. It's time to change our attitude and care and work together and manage our time. If we don't work together we have a problem. The Water Project and LWI Sierra Leone have done something wonderful here for us. We say thank you today while we are alive, for the dead man will not talk from the grave." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing other methods to gather water to meet their basic water needs. The community’s use of other gathering methods and their practice of open defecation left the families suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, among other water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project, encouraged the team as they work, and provided any available materials, and provided food and security over the water project during the night. Most community members earn a living by working as teachers, petty traders and produce palm oil or coal to help provide for their families. There is not a school located near this community. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member J.J. Williams, 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 hygiene education, community members constructed a fence around the well site to keep livestock and wild animals away from their clean water source.
06/13/2012: Morning Lessons And A Cold Drink Of Water
We are excited to report that the Susu Gospel Primary School in Sierra Leone has a new well! We just posted a report from the field with 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.
The Water Project and IcFEM undertook a successful 8 project pilot in 2011, and are now looking to build on that with a comprehensive strategy for 2012 including existing well rehabilitation, gravity fed piped water systems, rainwater harvesting schemes and hygiene and sanitation training. IcFEM are a well established and respected organization in Western Kenya with excellent community relations.
A new well for a school in Sierra Leone
Project Type: WAsH for Schools
Location: Lungi, Samuya, Susu Gospel Primary School, Sierra Leone