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The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Sorted Palm Fruit
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Palm Fruit
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Pa Momodu Sumah
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Pa Alie Bangura
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Ongoing Bathshelter Construction
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Kids
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Kids Hanging Around
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Household Compound
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Family At Home
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Child Shows How To Make Dinner
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Bathshelter
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Carrying Wood
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Open Water Source
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Fetching Water At Open Source
The Water Project: Moniya Community -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/31/2019

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Community Profile

We visited Moniya Community and were impressed to find a water point that is very well cared for. The area around this well is clean, and the only time a community member gets anywhere near the well is when they want to fetch water. It is housed in its own concrete building.

But there is one problem: This well is just not deep enough.

As a result, this well dries up during the hottest months of the year. People turn to nearby swamps and other unprotected wells to collect their water. These are open to contamination from animals and human activities – such as washing clothes in the open swamp.

Moniya is a rural village that is yet to experience the urbanization occurring in other areas. Its vegetation is intact and the buildings are constructed with local mud blocks. It is peaceful here, especially when villagers are on their farms.

Most people here work as farmers, producing some food for themselves and some to sell in local markets. Some of the women will take part in in trading wares at the local market to supplement the farming income.

Nearly all of the households in the community have latrines. The sanitation condition of the latrines is not impressive. Most of them leave their pits uncovered, where flies breed. Few have handwashing stations, a result partly because of the water shortages faced by this community.

“We do not have the resources that would improve our hygiene status especially enough water to put in the “kulas” so that we can wash our hands after using the toilet. So I can say that our status is not good even though most of the homes here have a toilet,” Pa Ali Bangura said.

What we can do:

Training

There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row. We will teach about good and bad hygiene, penning in animals, and building good tools like handwashing stations and dish racks. An important session will also be held on well management and sustainability.

Well Rehabilitation

We see that there’s been a drop in this area’s water table and the well is going dry. We feel it is important to convert this hand-dug well to a borehole at the bottom, thus giving this community a year-round source of safe drinking water.

We will be hand-drilling a borehole down inside this hand-dug well. The community will host our drill team for days at a time, and may also provide labor. Women will volunteer to cook rice for the team and the other community volunteers.

Once this plan is implemented, this community will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.



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