Lungi Town, Mapeh Village Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.70
Longitude -13.20

500 Served

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Stories and 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 Dysentery and Malaria. During the team’s stay the community assisted with the water project whenever possible and provided materials whenever necessary. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming and selling their produce at local markets and the nearest school is located .5 of a kilometer away from the community. Before leaving the community the team provided community resident Chief Abu Conteh with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with forty-six year old female community resident and local trader Hawa Bangura who stated, “With the previous water source, I used to have to let the water settle before I could use it. It was open and dirty. The new water source is healthier than the old. It will improve well body and help to control the spread of sickness. That put together with the well body training should make a big difference in our village. Thank you!”

During the hygiene education there were 157 adults and 50 children in attendance. The team provided 140 Oral Rehydration Solution spoons and addressed the following principal issues: 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 and Disease Transmission Stories.

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Recent Project Updates

03/22/2017: New Intervention Needed in Mapeh Community

This hand-dug well provided good water to the community for years, but we recently started seeing a change. Thanks to our monitoring program, we discovered that during the drier months, this well stopped serving the community. There just wasn’t enough water reachable by the pump.

Thus, we’ve sent a full work team to open up the well and hand-drill meters of borehole down to the next water table. This deepening will ensure that the pump consistently provides clean, adequate water to families living here. To see that project, click here.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi Town, Mapeh Village, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5007
Install Date:  12/30/2010


Country Details

Sierra Leone

Population: 9.7 Million
Lacking clean water: 47%
Below poverty line: 70%

Partner Profile

Mariatu’s Hope works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope through Maternal Care, Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion.