Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 400 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 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

January, 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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!