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The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Students Outside
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Students And Mrs Nsenesie
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Sorting Palm Fruit
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  School
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  School Toilets
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Painted Alphabet In Classroom
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Neneh Conteh
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Men Carving Out Tree To Make A Boat
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Main School Building
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Inside A Classroom
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Cooking Palm
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Chalkboard
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Bathing Shelter At Home In Community
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Francess M Senesie
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Hauling Water
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Kids Travel To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Kids In Class
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School -  Boys Carrying Water For The School

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 143 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  06/30/2019

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The Mummy Ann Pre-school was started by the current proprietress, Mrs. Francess N’senesie in 2002. According to her, this community had no pre-school and some of the parents were taking their kids to the army barracks pre-school. Those kids whose parents could not afford it were just left at home. So, Mrs. N’senesie realized her idea of creating a pre-school here.

The school moved to its current location in 2004 with the support of a local church leader. Classrooms were constructed for the students, but there was no water source. Some 15 years later and there is still no water source at the school.

The current water sources for pupils in this school are packaged water and the swamp. But the swamp source is most frequently used because the administration cannot afford to pay for the packaged water throughout the year.

One can hardly be impressed with a source like the swamp because of its exposure to contamination from various pollutants.

“Life here for us and the kids is prone to the constant risk of waterborne diseases. I stay in constant fear for my staff and the kids,” said Mrs. N’senesie.

Aside from its long distance, the road is also very hilly. The distance and the condition of the roads makes it practically impossible for pupils in this school to fetch water here in the first place. So, the administration relies on the school support staff and local youth to help them with water most of the time.

Accessibility to the swamp is further limited by overcrowding. During the dry season, many people flock to this water source because it is the only reliable source in this community. More people means a longer waiting time to get the water. It also means more sources of contamination, since people stand directly in the swamp and some even bathe in the water.

These challenges lead to water shortages at the school. As a result, other areas suffer. For example, it is difficult to maintain cleanliness in the bathrooms without water for cleaning. Handwashing is rare when there is no water available to use after going to the bathroom. These issues further contribute to making the health of the students worse.

“We have tried to maintain an average level hygiene and sanitation here, but our flaws can be attributed to our water shortage situation. When you enter our latrines you will see that the rooms are clean. But when the kids use the facility and there is no water to clean it up…” said teacher Neneh Conteh.

“There the problem starts.”

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

New 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. 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 swamp and is suffering the consequences. By drilling this borehole, the area around Mummy Ann’s Pre-Primary School will be provided with plenty of safe, clean drinking water of their own.

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 students and community members about the importance of building a latrine, how to build a handwashing 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.

Project Updates


04/09/2019: Mummy Ann's Pre-Primary School Project Underway

We are excited that thanks to your generosity, we have the opportunity to drill a borehole at Mummy Ann’s Pre-Primary School in Sierra Leone. We also plan to hold training on hygiene and sanitation to teach students, teachers, and their parents about how to live healthier lives.

Get to know this school and the surrounding community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with news of success!


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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

Andover High School
Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Camp Avenue School
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Nordstrom
Joan R. Isaac Giving Fund
North Dunedin Baptist Church
Network for Good
HAM
ArtiKen
coops for a cause
Julian Middle School
Tower44
DHS - Coy Magliolo and Riley LeBlanc
Zion Lutheran School
Jaxson Flores and Zachary Trout
Nikki and Jasmin
Faith Chapel
Waterford Union High School
Tommy Joseph
Zukul
Frontstream
La Roche College
147 individual donor(s)