Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 200 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.

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.

Project Updates

March, 2017: New Intervention Needed at DEC Primary School

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping these people 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 students and the people living around this school (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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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.

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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