When the team arrived, 15,000 people in the community and in surrounding areas had been gathering water from a nearby creek and various open hand-dug wells to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families, including 500 students from Dano Sector 1 Community, were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among many preventable water-related illnesses.
During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump head, pump handle, pump rods, pump reservoir, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain. The borehole is 68 meters deep with a static water level of five meters.
Not only did the team restore clean water to Dano Sector I, but they also brought important information on hygiene and sanitation. They taught about 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 an Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions.
One of the greatest difficulties was getting people together for training due to the fact that it is an urban area and now under the management of a city mayor system. There were also two funerals going on nearby.
During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who are responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.