Upon completion of this well rehab our field partner reported...
A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, "This was such a great well rehab. Mrs. Cummings is just precious! We have watched this well for some time now waiting for it to stop working and to be able to replace the old pump was just such a blessing. We were able to get right to work on this well a couple of days after the pump stopped working. To see the joy in this woman's face was just indescribable. As part of the Child Health Club that will be established at the primary school, a water and sanitation committee will be formed at this well." When the team arrived, community members were using a water source that was unable to meet their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. Most community members earn a living by teaching, petty trading,
gardening or working for the government. The nearest school is located .01 of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.
The team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-seven year old community member and student, who was formerly a teacher, Theresa Gbangba, who stated, “The water from the open well has a bad taste to it. It's not pure but we had no other choice except to buy packet water which is expensive. The water from this well now tastes fine. It is so much better!”
The hygiene training was held around the well area. The community was excited to have been chosen to have their well rehabilitated. They participated fully and promised to put into practice what they learned. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, good and bad hygiene and disease transmission stories.
(NOTE: We are aware of the distortion in the current images. We are working to get new ones. Sorry for that!)
12/20/2011: Tintifor Rehab #1 - DelMoody Street Rehab Complete
The DelMoody Street Well Rehab is now complete. We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates and a full report online.
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 is being repaired for a community in Sierra Leone
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: Port Loko District/Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone