This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu's Hope.
The well rehab is located in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. Their well was open well and it was in major disrepair. The team sealed it up, a base was replaced, an apron was built and installed a new Afridev pump. Most people in the community earn a living through petty trading, small businesses and teaching. The community helped the team with project by providing materials, labor and security. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. The transformation has already begun to take place in this community. The community leaders are so happy for the development and were so willing to work with the team.
Testimony from a community member:
Alhaji Fohad, 75 year old spoke with the team about the water needs for the community. "There is a great difference between the open well and the well with the hand pump. The water didn't taste pure before. I'm looking forward to tasting it now!! I'm gladdy too much for this development! Please tell the donor thank you."
Though this community is a very strong muslim community, they were very kind to us and were very willing to listen and participate in the hygiene training and rolled up their sleeves to pitch in helping to build the apron. The team loves what God is doing in the midst of this community. They are very very thankful for the development of a sealed up well and a new hand pump. They gathered with the teams before they began working on the open well and before they began installing the hand pump. The Gospel was presented at the dedication and songs of rejoicing could be heard throughout the community.
There was incredible attendance at this hygiene training and well rehabilitation. There were 61 adults and more than 100 children who attended the training, while at least 30 men were around the well. This was an initial hygiene training for this community. The team is going to meet privately with the chief, shek, headman, chairwoman and elders to discuss some small steps to address some of the majority hygiene deficiencies in this community. They were very receptive to the offer. 60 ORS spoons were distributed.