Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 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.

This community is located in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. Most people in the community earn a living through teaching, petty farming, medical and police personnel and working at the airport. Their previous water source was from an open well that caused typhoid, diarrhea and malaria in the community. The community helped the Sierra Leone rehab team by providing materials, labor and security. This community only had a caretaker of the well. The team helped the community with some ideas for rules on proper use of the well. They also informed the community at the well dedication that a water well committee would soon be formed and encouraged them to work together to insure that this well would be well maintained. The community was receptive to this idea and agreed to work with the caretaker and Miss Dolly on this endeavor.

Miss Dolly Tarawalie, 27 year old teacher spoke with the team about the water needs for her community. "The well water is more pure. We don't usually see particles in the water. When we get water from the local tap there are particles in the water. We need to let that water settle down before we can use it. The water from the open well using the rope and rubber is always dirty. I'm so thankful for what you've done."

The community gathered with the team around the well to pray before any work was begun. As we encountered problems, we stopped and prayed for wisdom on how to proceed. The community saw that without the help of God we would not have been able to do what was done. Upon completion of the project, we gathered the community back around the well and dedicated it to Papa God.

Hygiene Training

There were 20 adults and 33 children who attended the training. Miss Dolly, one of the teachers assisted the team's hygiene trainer with the training. Along with the topics listed below they stressed the importance of not defecating in this area. They talked about native toilets and how to build them. The team talked with the caretaker and Miss Dolly about the sustainability of the well and that if there are any problems to contact the team. The community was very excited about the information that they had learned at the hygiene training. Topics discussed: disease transmission, germs, hand washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, healthy/unhealthy communities, diarrhea doll- causes of diarrhea, oral rehydration solution, proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors, disease transmission stories, clean hands/clean hearts.

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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.