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The Water Project: Gbaneh Bana SLMB Primary School Well Rehabilitation -
The Water Project: Gbaneh Bana SLMB Primary School Well Rehabilitation -
The Water Project: Gbaneh Bana SLMB Primary School Well Rehabilitation -
The Water Project: Gbaneh Bana SLMB Primary School Well Rehabilitation -
The Water Project: Gbaneh Bana SLMB Primary School Well Rehabilitation -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

Project Features

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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 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!”

WATSAN Training:
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.

Project Updates

01/16/2018: New Intervention at Gbaneh Bana SLMB 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 the students and surrounding 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 Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.