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The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  The Latrine
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Community Activities
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Wading To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  River
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Household
The Water Project: Kipolo Community -  Household

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 82 Served

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

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Community Profile

Just because we made it to Kipolo Village for our first visit doesn’t mean it’s easy! The roads were good up to an old bridge that we struggled to get our motorbikes over. Then, the roads changed to dirt that had washed out from heavy rains, filled with huge ruts and holes. Though it’s not very far from our office, it sure took us some hard work and perseverance to get here.

There are very few homes in this rural area, but there are tons of people living under each roof. There are up to 20 people in one household! These houses are made of mud bricks and zing roofs, with animals wandering in and out. Besides these eight homes, there is a small mosque for prayers throughout the day.

The people here are friendly and generous even though they have very little. They rely on farming to put food on the table. During our visit we found out it was peak time for harvesting rice.


Everyone relies on a river and the overflowing swamp area for their water. It meets all of their needs, from drinking to cleaning. Though the water might be good for laundry, it’s no good for drinking.


There is only one latrine in Kipolo, owned by the chief. Everyone else is going in the privacy of the vegetation surrounding the village.

There are no hand-washing stations, no dish racks, no animals pens, no garbage pits. Mr. Bome Turay told us, “We at Kipolo have a fine river… but our problem is the way the people handle water and food at their homes. There is no cleanliness. Even the dishes, plates and spoons are not clean. This causes us to catch lots of sicknesses and causes deaths within our community.”

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. Wherever the drill site, we know clean water will be extremely close to everyone in such a small village!

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 water from the river and swamps and are suffering the consequences. By drilling this borehole, Kipolo 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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Sierra Leone.

Project Updates

03/19/2018: Kipolo Community Project Underway

Dirty water from the rivers and swamps is making people in Kipolo 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!

The Water Project : 5-sierraleone18251-carrying-water

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.


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