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The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Carrying Water Up The Hill
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Clothesline
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Cooking
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Fatmata Akai
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Home
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Household Compound
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Kitchen
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Kitchen
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Kitchen Containers
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  People At Home
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Repairing Fishing Nets
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  The Redeem Christian Church Of God
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Amara Kamara
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  People Wash Clothes And Fetch Water At The Swamp
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Children Fetch Water
The Water Project: 45 Main Motor Road, The Redeemed Christian Church of God -  Returning Home With Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2019

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Packaged water is only accessible by a minute fraction of the community population. That means that there is really only one consistent water source for the majority of this community: the swamp.

The swamp receives its supply of water from an underground source and from drainages when it rains. This means that the quantity is higher during the rainy season than in the dry season. When it is not raining, the underground source becomes its greatest supplier. This source does not normally supply enough water to serve the entire community. The situation becomes dire during the dry season. People scoop water from every available hole regardless of quality.

The swamp water is highly contaminated.

“My brother, the thought of drinking from this swamp makes some of us sick. Because some of us do not have the courage to drink from it, we try hard to buy the packaged water from the meager profit we earn,” said Fatmata Akai.

First of all, the swamp is under nobody’s control. Everyone behaves the way he or she feels at this source. People flock to this source for different purposes. Some people, for example, use this source for bathing while others use it for laundering. Still, some others use it for farming irrigation.

In all of these cases, care is not given to the source’s sanitation. Nobody pays attention to what the chemicals and dirt from laundering and bathing do to the source. Certainly, poison from detergents ends up in the source. In the same way, this source is contaminated by the gardeners. And it also is open to runoff from the community living uphill from it.

This swamp is not protected and is therefore shared with other wild animals. Some of these are infected with deadly diseases that kill humans. This exposes the people of this community to these deadly diseases.

“I would not drink this water,” said our field staff.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at The Redeemed Christian Church of God. 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 pushed to the swamp for their water. By drilling this borehole, community members will be provided with plenty of accessible clean drinking water.

Training

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

Community members will learn how to make a handsfree handwashing station called the “tippy-tap.” We will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals. We will highlight the need to keep latrines clean, among many other topics.

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

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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

Cureaids Foundation
T.H. Rogers School
Mariposa School of Global Education
Fishing Creek Baptist Church
Girl Scouts of Utah Troop 377
Town of Burlington DECA
College View Elementary 5th Grade
Bellaire Baptist Church VBS
North Warren Regional School District
OneTeam
Network for Good
Empowerment Academy Charter School Ms.Marklands Class
17th Street Baptist Church VBS
Bounce Treatment Services
Creare
Jonny Blockchain
United Way of Central Maryland
Bishop McNamara High School
P.E.O Sisterhood Chapter EW
Jonny Blockchain
Jumbo Volleyball Clinics, LLC
Perform and Transform
Kelly, Ria, Shea, and Jessica's Clean Water Campaign

And 2 other fundraising page(s)
97 individual donor(s)