Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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Community Profile

This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu's Hope.

When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from preventable water related illnesses including Dysentery and Malaria. The community was very friendly, and residents were all excited to have their well repaired and to be a recipient of a cup of water in Jesus’ name. During the team’s stay the community assisted by providing materials and labor whenever possible. The majority of community residents sustain a living by trading at local markets and farming. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community the team provided Pastor William Richards with a  contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with Mumunatu Conteh a twenty-one year old female community resident and local student who stated, "The distance to the stream is far. The well rehabilitation will now make it so much easier for me to get pure water. It will improve the health of the community."

There were fifteen adults who attended the hygiene education. Each expressed their thanks for the information provided by the Sierra Leone team. They each received an ORS spoon, and in addition to the hygiene the team addressed the importance of using a latrine and encouraged each home to build a native toilet. During the hygiene training the following principal issues were addressed: Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Good-bad hygiene behaviors and Disease Transmission Stories.

Project Updates

December, 2017: New Intervention in Benke Community

The initial project in this community (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this community with first time water access. Equally as important to the community and The Water Project is ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.  

Because of our commitment to people in this community (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve drilled this well deeper in order to access a deeper, higher yield aquifer. This work will ensure that clean water is accessible here year round. To see that work, click here.

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Project Type

Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


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