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The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  A Member Of The Community Making Statement
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Children At The Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Children Celebrate At The Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Children Playing With Clean Water
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Clean Water From The Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Community Headman Making Statement
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Community Member Teaching About Personal Hygiene
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Councilor Abu Bakarr Koroma Making Statement
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Children Holding Posters
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Diarrhea Doll
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Facilitator Speaks To Community Members
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Handwashing At New Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Teaching On Disracks
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Teethbrushing Discussion
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Tippy Tap Construction Training
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Young Girl Demonstrates Toothbrushing
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Regiatu Sesay
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Abubakarr Sesay
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Adults Holding Training Posters
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Mbalu Sesay
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pumping Clean Water
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Bailing
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Trash Pit
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Traders
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Doing Laundry
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Latrines
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Latrine Structures
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Household
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Fetching Water With Makeshift Pump
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Fetching Water From Open Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Cooking
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Community Members At Nearby Open Well
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street -  Aminata Sankoh

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 109 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

Masjid Mustaqeem was built and completed in 2010 by the community elders. The mosque started with just older folks and on special occasions, you would see a few young men and women. It started with just 10 members and slowly grew to the present population of 78 worshipers.

Whenever there is something of great importance about the community that is needed to be discussed, it is usually done at the mosque after prayers.

The area around Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street is an urban area that still maintains a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The quiet and peacefulness are because of the people that first settled in this area. The descendants have been very selective about the type of people that purchase land in this neighborhood.

The empty plots of land are used to plant various fruits and vegetables since everything here is sold at the market. Seldom do you get anyone to offer you a piece of fruit for free because it is for sale. The majority of the buildings are made with cement blocks and more up-to-date furniture and household items. Within any community there is bound to be an exception to the norm – near the mosque is a house built with mud blocks.

The 109 people living near the mosque use a nearby protected well and unprotected well to meet their water needs. The unprotected well water is unsafe for drinking because it is open to contamination. The protected well water is likely safe, but it does not provide nearly enough water for these people. It does not have a good pump, so it takes three times longer to fill a container as compared to a well with a good pump.

Furthermore, it was not dug deep enough so it is prone to running dry when there are no rains. That means the owner must ration the water throughout the year. These challenges encourage people to use the unsafe unprotected well more often because it is much quicker to fetch water from it. A new well, with a proper pump, will ensure that everyone has access to water throughout the year and no longer needs to wait in long lines to get water.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well along Kamtuck Street. This project will relieve the people here of the heavy control and rationing they’re encountering at the private well.

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 open, contaminated well for their water. By drilling this borehole, Tholmossor Community 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.

Project Updates


10/17/2019: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street Project Complete!

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable borehole well at Masjid Mustaqeem! The students and community members no longer have to rely on unsafe water to meet their daily needs. We also conducted hygiene and sanitation training, which focused on healthy practices such as handwashing and using latrines.

New Well

The drilling of this new borehole was a success, and clean water is flowing!

“I share a boundary with the mosque where the new water well was drilled. I am so thankful for this great gift from you,” said Mbalu Sesay.

“I was elected to be the caretaker of the water well and my family and I are so happy for this great gift, words cannot begin to express our sincere thanks and appreciation.”

Mbalu Sesay

The water point was dedicated on a Friday afternoon after the 2:00 pm prayers to ensure a greater turnout. It was a rainy day with the smell of perfume from the different women and other mosque-goers in the air, as it is customary here for Muslims to adorn themselves with the best outfits and perfumes during the Friday prayers.

The water well was drilled at the local mosque, but it is owned and operated by all the members of the community regardless of faith and religious belief. All community members can get water from the well.

Councilor Abu Bakarr Koroma making a statement

All members of the water user committee were present and their names were called individually to make sure they understand their duties and responsibilities. The chairperson Foday Kallon, the current councilperson, Chief, Imam, and other community members all gave praises and thanks for the great development in the community. This is the first time such an investment has ever been made in the community and the people were so excited that they are promising to care for this well as if it were an egg.

The Process

The team was deployed to the community on a Saturday morning, where we were greeted by onlookers waiting to start their end of the bargain. The water user committee chairperson had urged the children to start fetching water for the drilling. The team was given a room and the mosque was used as a store for the parts that could be easily walked away with. The team settled in, the drill rig was positioned, and the waste and supply pits dug.

Our teams found this to be a very beautiful community, filled with caring people ready to assist. The first gesture of kindness was when a hot meal was prepared for the drill team minutes after their arrival.

2 pits were dug next to the drill rig, 1 for the drill’s water supply and another for what was pulled back up out of the borehole. Since the community already struggles with finding enough water, we ordered a private supplier to deliver the water we needed for drilling.

Day 1 of drilling started with filling the 2 pits with water mixed with bentonite. A 4-inch carbide-tipped bit was fixed to the 5-foot-long drill stem. The mud pump was started to supply water to the drill rig and the drilling starts. During drilling, after every 5-foot length of drill stem put into the hole the team would take material samples. The bags were labeled 1, 2, 3, and so on. These are to be reviewed later to determine the aquifer locations.

The second day of drilling was meant to expand the hole and clear it of mud. The team reached a total depth of 16.61 meters.

The team forcefully pumped clean water into the well to clear out any mud and debris from drilling. After, filter pack was added so that the screened pipe would be protected. The temporary drilling casing was hoisted out so that we could fortify the pipes with cement.

The well was bailed by hand for 3 days before doing a yield test to verify the water quantity, which ended up being 43.16 liters per minute at a static water level of 9.09 meters.

With these great results, a stainless steel India MkII pump was installed. Water quality tests show that this is clean water fit for drinking!

New Knowledge

Before any hygiene training, repeated phone calls and visits were made to the committee to help them understand the challenges and lack of sanitation facilities in the community. The findings from our baseline survey were brought to the attention of the water user committee to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training or drilling could commence. When all the necessary and required guidelines were met, then and only then did our team of hygiene trainers go to conduct the training.

It is a participatory training that involves environmental and personal hygiene at a household level. The community has so far shown a level of interest in the project by gathering during the community engagement. A ready and able father figure by the name of Dauda Kanu was at the forefront of this project and an outspoken member of the community. Weeks before the training, a call was made to several members of the water user committee to make sure all the households had constructed all the required facilities. The hygiene training was scheduled and went on for 3 days.

The committee members were eager for the training to commence and made several calls and visits to the office to make sure it was not canceled or postponed. The time of training came and the team was impressed at the level of participation from the community members. More than 150 people of all ages were in attendance. It was a sunny and humid day and with the rains nowhere in sight, the best solution was to find refuge under a large mango tree. The hygiene training was scheduled in the morning hours for 2 main reasons, the first reason to get the most turnout and the second and most obvious to escape from the hot sun.

Training topics covered included: Handwashing and tippy tap; good and bad hygiene; disease transmission; worms and parasites; proper care of teeth; proper care of the pump; keeping the water clean; the cost recovery system; dishracks and clotheslines; the importance of toilets; keeping the latrine clean; balanced diets; diarrhea causes and prevention; and HIV and AIDS.

Handwashing is one of the most important parts of keeping a healthy and safe lifestyle. Handwashing is always a special topic because it is the first line of defense for one’s personal health. Some adults pick food up off the ground without washing it, and there are others that eat food with their bare hands without washing them. People here are familiar with the spread of diseases between people so some will avoid shaking hands in fear of getting it on their hands.

The main motive for holding training sessions is to invoke a positive behavior change within individuals and communities. The first and major change was to institute and start using handwashing stations at various homes in the community. The participation of the community members during the training showed the community’s drive to get the most out of the training.

Tippy tap construction

“It is still good to know but this information is really for the benefit of my children and grandchildren. I am happy to have had this training because it is better late than never,” said Abu Bakar Sesay, a local small goods trader.

“Information is power.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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08/22/2019: Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Tholmossor, Masjid Mustaqeem, 18 Kamtuck Street drains people’s time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know the 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 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

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