DEC Primary School Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.69
Longitude -13.19

200 Served

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The hand pump is better and it is safe for our children and it is secure for us and there is no sickness or bacteria in the water.

Amara S. - Farmer

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

The teachers participated in the hygiene education and during the installation of the pump. The children were happy with the new pump and to hear about Jesus.

When the team arrived the community had been utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Dysentery. During the team’s stay the community assisted with the water project whenever possible and provided any materials available. The majority of community members sustain a living by farming and selling their produce at local markets. The nearest school is a Primary school located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community the team provided community resident Sheku A.T. Bangura with a contact number incase their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with sixty-four year old male community resident and local farmer Amara Sillah who stated, “It is very far where we fetch water and it is not safe to drink because it has a lot of sickness. The hand pump is better and it is safe for our children and it is secure for us and there is no sickness or bacteria in the water.”

It has been difficult at this school to maintain good hygiene practices because there has been no water here for quite some time. Their toilets are in disrepair, and they use pit latrines that are almost full. There is no place for the students to wash their hands with soap and water, and the team discussed this with the teachers regarding a solution for hand washing. The team trained the teachers how to make Oral Rehydration Solution and the school appeared happy to have the hygiene training and clean water. During the hygiene education the following principal issues were addressed: Disease transmission, Germs, 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, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Dental Hygiene.

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Recent Project Updates

03/22/2017: New Intervention Needed at DEC Primary School

This hand-dug well provided good water to the school and surrounding community for years, but we recently started seeing a change. Thanks to our monitoring program, we discovered that during the drier months, this well stopped serving the people. There just wasn’t enough water reachable by the pump.

Thus, we’ve sent a full work team to open up the well and hand-drill meters of borehole down to the next water table. This deepening will ensure that the pump consistently provides clean, adequate water to students attend school here. To see that project, click here.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi - Santiguya Village - DEC Primary School - Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5013
Install Date:  12/30/2010


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Country Details

Sierra Leone

Population: 9.7 Million
Lacking clean water: 47%
Below poverty line: 70%

Partner Profile

Mariatu’s Hope works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope through Maternal Care, Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion.