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The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Breaking First Ground
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Breaking First Ground
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Helping Get Water For Drilling
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Helping Get Water For Drilling
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Oral Rehydration Solution
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Malaria Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Building Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Building Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kolia Community -  Training
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:  Installed - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/12/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

It is 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 lining the main road. The only building of note, beside the homes, is a small mosque.

The days start early before 5:30am prayers. This community is particularly unified because they all share the same Muslim faith. There is no school, clinic, or covered market. Most people depend on farming. There is little food to sell or trade since most of what they use most of what they produce to feed their families.

Water

Getting ready in the morning always begins with fetching water. Children and women are at the swamp with their plastic jerrycans or buckets. The community cleared a lot of the brush away from the pathway and the swamp itself 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 are 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.

Sanitation

Fewer 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.

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

Most families own animals, but 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!

Here’s what we plan to do about it:

Training

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.

Borehole

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


05/29/2018: Kolia Community Project Complete

We are excited to share that there is a new borehole in Kolia Community, which is already providing clean water to families! People here no longer have to rely on dirty water from the swamp. Hygiene and sanitation training was also conducted, which focused on healthy practices such as washing hands and using latrines.

Knowledge is Power

The headman was greatly influential in gathering his community together for our hygiene and sanitation training. As soon as we started working in Kolia, we let him and his people know the importance of not just clean water, but of a good lifestyle too. Even though they weren’t there waiting for us on the first day, they came out in droves once they heard of our arrival. Since it was a bright, sunny day, we met together under a big mango tree in front of the chief’s house.

People came with empty gallon containers, for they knew we planned to show them how to construct a tippy tap (handwashing station) with them. After we had constructed these together, we used them to demonstrate how to wash hands and talked about when to do so. Handwashing is one of the simplest ways to prevent sickness!

The second day we discussed daily habits and how they affect health in ways the community never imagined.

It’s important to always use a latrine, pen in animals to keep them out of the kitchen, always cover food and so many other things. The trainer showed how if you don’t go about your daily business the right way, there can be deadly consequences. We also trained on oral rehydration solution (ORS) because we know that even with the greatest effort to prevent diarrhea, it will still be an occasional issue. This ORS will help keep community members, especially children, healthy as they recover from diarrhea.

Training on how to make an oral rehydration solution.

The final day was all about caring for the water point so that it serves generations to come. After, we took time to review the important takeaways from the three days of training.

“We were really in the dark before this time. Because after using the toilet, we would only wash our hands with water but not use any soap,” farmer Abu Kamara admitted. “Now that we have been educated on this, we are surely going to change our ways and by so doing improve our health. Life is not going to look the same for us again in this community.”

New Well

We worked with the community to select a spot central to everyone. Two pits were dug next to the drill rig, one for the drill’s water supply and another for what was pulled back up out of the borehole. Community members helped the drill team by ensuring there was always water in supply.

Community members helped so much by equipping the drill team with enough water for the rig.

During drilling, the team brought up ground samples after every five feet. These are always reviewed to determine the best screen locations.

Just like in nearby Sanya, the team hit a rock after 35 feet. This incident is usually frustrating for the drill team, and you see it in their faces. They changed the bit from reamer to runner, which is made specifically for drilling through rocks. And after drilling for about an hour, they finally drilled through!

On day two, analysis of the earth samples was done to determine the aquifer locations. Casing pipes were laid out and screens were positioned properly. The 8″ reamer bit was connected and the drilling commenced once again. The team continuously added bentonite to the water and swapped out drill bits as needed.

The casing pipes were installed with great care to ensure that the glued connections were tight so that a connection doesn’t fall down the hole on its own. Filter pack was added to cover the screen area. We determined the water quantity by lowering an electric submersible pump to a target depth. The yield here is about 47 liters per minute.

With these great results, the artisans could come install the well pad. Once the cement dried, the mechanics could bolt the new India MkII stainless steel pump. The yield test and level measurements informed the mechanics of where they should place the pump cylinder.

The villagers were so happy when they saw clean water coming from the pump. They brought out their traditional Bondo Society drums. They sang, beat drums and danced in celebration.

“I am personally happy for this water point for one reason,” Mr. Fasineh Kamara said.

“Some of us like to play football in this village. And normally after training, we would need water to bathe, but we usually would cover the long distance to the swamp for this. And some of us would be so tired that we may choose to sleep without bathing at all, which would have some health implications later.”

“But now that we have this well right in the center of the village, this difficulty is totally overcome. And we are very grateful to you guys for this!”


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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.



Contributors

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