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The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Household
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Household
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Household
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 173 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2018

Project Features

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Community Profile

It was a bright, sunny day for our first visit to Kolia. The community is surrounded by vegetation; the same kind of lush green fronds and trees lining the dirt road we took. This green area is dotted with swamps, which makes this area good for farming. There are about 27 different households here, all made of mud blocks lined up along the main road. The only building of note besides homes is a small mosque. There no school, clinic, or covered market.

Most people depend on farming, with most produce being used to feed their families – there’s little left over to sell or trade. The days start early before 5:30am prayers. This community is particularly unified because they all share the same Muslim faith.


Getting ready in the morning always begins with fetching water. Children and women are those seen at the swamp with their plastic jerrycans or buckets. The community has cleared a lot of the brush away from the pathway and the swamp itself to try to keep it as clean as possible.

Most often a woman or child will wade into the swamp’s water to find what looks like the clearest, cleanest water. However, all of this water is contaminated: animals come and go as they please, many of them carrying diseases that can be deadly to humans. People bathe at the source, as well as bring their laundry or dishes to clean.

The water level in these swamps drops dramatically between the dry months of March and April, forcing the men to come and dig holes to find water.


Less than half of households have a pit latrine. Those who don’t have their own latrine opt for the bushes. There’s isn’t a container set aside for hand-washing, either.

Though most families own animals, only a few have a pen to keep their animals in. These animals are free to roam in and out of the home – even in the kitchen while there’s cooking going on!

Mr. Brima Kargbo said, “The current hygiene and sanitation in our community is not good. Children die very early because their food has dirt and contaminated water.”

Here’s what we plan to do about it:


There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.

The hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members the importance of building a latrine, how to build a hand-washing station, and more. They will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals. Pictures will be used to teach the community how to discern between healthy and unhealthy hygiene and sanitation practices.

These trainings will also result in a water user committee that manages and maintains the new well. They will enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.


The community will be meeting together to determine the best location for their new well, and then we’ll confirm the viability of their choice.

Our team will drive over the LS200 mud rotary drill rig and set up camp for a couple of nights. Once the well is drilled to a sufficient water column, it will be cased, developed, and then tested. If these tests are positive, our mechanics will install a new India Mark II pump.

This community has been drinking dirty swamp water and suffering the consequences. By drilling this borehole, Kolia Community will be provided with plenty of safe, clean drinking water.

This project is a part of our shared program with Mariatu’s Hope. Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Sierra Leone.

Project Updates

03/19/2018: Kolia Community Project Underway

Dirty water from the swamp is making people in Kolia Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know your community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!

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Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Masconomet Middle School
Stacey Van Berkel Photography Inc.
Solomon's Porch Sunday School Class
William S & Blair Y Thompson Family Foundation
21 individual donor(s)