Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
A community member shared with the team and stated, "The rehabilitation of the well makes life simple and easy to us. The hygiene teaching helps train us to build a new life in our community." When the LWI Sierra Leone team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation families were left suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory and other preventable water related illnesses. During the teams’ stay community members assisted the team with the water project, made food for the team, provided any available materials such as sand and stone, and provided security over the water project during the night. Most of the community members depend on fishing, farming and petty trading for their livelihood. The nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community, the LWI Sierra Leone team provided community member Foday Kamara with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair.
The LWI Sierra Leone team had the opportunity to meet with forty year old, farmer Yakai Kamara, who stated. "The old water source was dirty. You could see things floating in the water. The well being rehabilitated and the new hand pump will make life simple and easy for us. That with the hygiene training will help us build a new community. For that, I'm thankful."
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.
06/26/2012: A Well Back In Action In Sierre Leone
We are pleased to report that a well rehabilitation has been completed for a village in Sierra Leone. We have just posted a report from the field including 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.
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 rehabilitated for a community in Sierra Leone
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: Lungi, Conakry Dee 4, next to Saidu Sesay house