Country: Sierra Leone
Impact: 200 Served
Install Date: 06/28/2011
This well rehabilitation project is part of the Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School School Zone.
The team has visited the well site and determined that this project will require deepening before they can attach a new well pump.
Recent severe droughts in the area have caused most of the wells we are now encountering to require this deepening. Without it, the wells are at risk of drying up later in the year. This has caused very long delays in our program here, though we're glad that progress is still being made.
The well project is in one of the communities surrounding the Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School. Students at this school live in the this community. Once the well projects are completed, these students will have access to clean, safe water at their school and at home. The students are also being trained how to teach their fellow community members about proper hygiene.
Upon completion of this project our implementing partner reported...
"A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, 'There is unity in this village. The people were eager to hear the Word of God and were eager to receive Him and change their ways.' When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a water source located two kilometers away from the community as their primary source of water. Because of this, residents were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria. The community’s practice of informal defecation also greatly contributes to the spread of disease in the area and it is hoped that after hygiene education, this practice will be stopped. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided food for the drill team during the day. The majority of community members sustain a living by farming and trading and the nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community. Before leaving the area, the team provided a LWI Sierra Leone contact number with community member, Abdulai Fornah, in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-nine year old community member and gardener, Memuna Kamara, who stated, 'During the time the pump was spoiled we walked from the very far end to fetch water, and it was stressful. We didn't have pure drinking water at all. The new pump is good. It is secure, pure and good for drinking. I'm happy about this.'
This community is part of the catchment for Newton, Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School. The Child Health Club will be visiting this community to sensitize them about the need to stop open defecation and the need for every house to have a native toilet or pit latrine. The LWI Sierra Leone team implemented the hygiene training with the community. There were 90 adults and 25 children who attended the training. There were 68 ORS spoons distributed, and the community stated that the hygiene training was really acceptable because of the things we taught them. It touched their hearts and they made a clear promise to us that they will put into practice the things we taught them in the future.
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.