A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “It was wonderful to see the students sharing what they had learned from their teachers.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a well unable to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were utilizing other local and contaminated water sources causing families to suffer from typhoid and malaria.
Most community members earn a living by petty trading, gardening, teaching, working for the government or for the local airport. There is a school in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.
The LWI Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-five year old community member and trader, Haja Koroma, who stated, “The old water source had taste and it was not pure to drink. If we have this new water source, we should have pure water to drink.”
Since this well is a catchment well for St. Augustine's RC Primary School, the LWI Sierra Leone team involved some of the students to come and assist with the hygiene training. They were pretty excited about this! The community was receptive to their suggestions for everyone to have a toilet and to wash your hands with soap and water. This community will need ongoing hygiene training because of the surroundings were full of dirty water.
The people were happy with the hygiene training and they promised to put all that they learned into practice. A water and sanitation committee will also be formed at this well. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, good and bad hygiene behavior, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, 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 is being repaired for a community in Sierra Leone
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: St. Lucia Well, Port Loko District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone