This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu's Hope.
The community of Gbaneh Bana is located in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. The pump was installed by Oxfam in 2004. There was no follow up so the pump has been spoiled for three years. The sucker rod was disconnected, the pipes at the bottom of the well were rusted through. The water in the well was red because of the rusty pipes. The old pump was pulled and a new Afridev pump was installed. For three years, this school went without water, so the whole community had to get water from a stream. Most of the waterborne illnesses from the stream were dysentery and malaria. Most people in the community earn a living through teaching, farming, gardening, fishermen, tailors and trading. The community helped out with the project by providing labor. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well.
Testimony from a community member: Michael Sesay, 37 year old teacher spoke with the team about the water needs. "The stream is dirty and the well water is pure. Thank you!"
In addition to the lessons of germs/disease transmission proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean, the Three Legged Stool lesson was taught, as well as discussing the importance of using toilets. Good News bracelets were made with the children.
Our Sierra Leone team is a partner with UNICEF and 41 fifth and sixth grade girls received menstrual hygiene training as part of getting this information all fifth and sixth grade girls across the country.