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.

When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from dehydration, diarrhea, Dysentery and Malaria. The nearest schools are Primary and Secondary schools located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. There are children who also travel two to three miles a day to attend school, and although the school teachers and administration work diligently there are no books for students. The majority of
community residents sustain a living by fishing or farming and selling their produce at local markets. Before leaving the community the team provided community resident Alhaji M. Saccoh 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 thirty-two year old male community resident and local teacher Edward Falama who stated, "The distance from the previous water source was very far and was not safe. The previous source is open and is not good for health but with the new hand pump and the well closed up it will now improve our health conditions. Thank you!"

During the hygiene education the team shared the following principal concepts: 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

December, 2017: New Intervention at Kulufai Rashideen 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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Project Type

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.


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