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The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Outdoor Kitchen
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Latrine
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Water Source
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Community Members
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Community Members
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Community Members
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Community Members
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Community Members
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Farm
The Water Project: Tulun Community, 10 Tulon Road -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 394 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2018

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Community Profile

This is one of the oldest communities in Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone. It is only partially urbanized, built on the hills around swampy land. It is located very close to the sea. There are very few houses with a good many trees. It is a very peaceful community, except on holidays, when tons of people from the surrounding communities come to relax on the beach.

Most of the people living here haven’t received a formal education. Without it, they haven’t been able to find gainful employment. They are mostly self-employed in the areas of gardening or fishing.

Everyone here is Muslim, so everybody is up early for morning prayers. But there are also other groups of people who will rise up early not for prayers, but to fetch water. For example, a pupil told me that she will normally rise early because she has the daily assignment of fetching one hundred and twenty liters (six bata) of water for the home before going to school.

By 8am, most people will have gone to their respective business places, the pupils would be in their schools, farmers in their gardens and traders in the streets hawking. Anyone you find at home is probably too old to move. By 8pm, most people are back home.

Later in the day, women will be doing household chores and petty trading. When they come home from school, children will go fetch water and wash their uniforms. Then they would come home, get washed, eat, and go to bed.

Water

There’s packaged water sold at the local market, but not everyone can afford it on a daily basis.

The swamp changes with the seasons. Depending on the time of the year, the water quantity could be low and dry. This is when it becomes potentially deadly, because people, especially kids, will start scavenging for water from any available source.

Of course the swamp is exposed to all sorts of contaminants, with most of these coming from humans and animals. Humans will use this source to launder all their dirty clothes and they sometimes bathe in the source at the same time. And most of the chemicals used to produce these laundry and bathing detergents are dangerous to humans. Wild animals use this swamp as their own water source, too. Some of them may carry diseases that are harmful to humans.

Sanitation

About a third of households still don’t have their own sanitation facilities. They don’t even have the simplest of pit latrines. Those who don’t have their own share with their neighbors. Most families have a container dedicated to hand-washing, but there’s no soap nearby.

The majority of families don’t have counters for their dishes, pens for their animals, or private places to bathe. Even more don’t have a pit dug to keep their garbage; instead, it’s piled up and blown around the community on windy days.

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.

After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for hand-washing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.

These trainings will also build up and strengthen a water user committee that will manage and maintain this well. They will enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.

New Well

This borehole will be located at 10 Tulun Road, which is the best location because there are no latrines nearby.

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 struggled to find clean water to drink. By drilling this borehole, Tulun Community will be provided with plenty of safe 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


04/26/2018: Tulun Community Project Underway

Dirty water from the swamp is making people in Tulun 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 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

Project Sponsor - Pineapple Fund