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 Primary school was very crowded and there were not enough benches for the children and many were forced to sit on the ground. The community had been utilizing an open, contaminated well as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Malaria among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay the community assisted by providing materials and labor whenever possible. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming, teaching, petty trading or working at the local airport.
The team had an opportunity to meet with forty-three year old female community resident and local head teacher Ramatu M. Sesay who stated, "It was very stressful to fetch water with a rope and a rubber from this well. We are so thankful for this new hand pump. It will ease our suffering. When we were waiting for the pump to be installed, we had to walk a great distance for very dirty water. This well is so much closer. We thank God for bringing us living water which is not too far from us."
The school is overpopulated and there has been no hygiene taught in the area. It was a surprise for community members to see the team offer assistance to install a pump and share hygiene education. The team distributed six Oral Rehydration Solution spoons and shared the following: 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, Tippy Tap- simple hand washing devise, Good-bad hygiene behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Dental Hygiene.