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The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Washing Clothes In The Water Source
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Mashing Palm Fruit
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Latrine
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Latrine
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Joseph E Marah
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Household
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Harvested Palm Fruit
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Family Cooking Outside
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Compound
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Collecting Water At Improvized Spring
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Clothes Hang To Dry
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Chester Mansaray
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Carrying Water From The Swamp
The Water Project: Transmitter, #14 Port Loko Road -  Brickmakers

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/31/2019

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At first sight, the water pouring out of a pair of pipes in this part of Transmitter may seem impressive. But upon further consideration about what makes a safe drinking water source, you might not wish this source to be your only option.

In fact, erosion is eating away at the source of water that drains through the pipe. It is not a protected area, meaning the water is open to any type of contamination. So, one cannot be fully confident in drinking pure water from this source. Packaged water is an alternative but it is too costly for the 430 people here, like Mr. Chester Mansaray.

“Currently, I am unemployed and cannot sustain paying for it,” he said.

“So, I resort to drinking water from the swamp source and this exposes me to cholera or diarrhea.”

Transmitter used to be a very rural setting, but recent migration is transforming the community into an average urban setting. So some of its vegetation is making way for urban homes. This community is peaceful particularly when the kids are off at school.

Most people here make a living by farming, although there are a few people formally employed, some small business owners, and a few petty traders. Most farming is to cultivate vegetables. These will be harvested and taken to the city to sell to market women who in turn sell them to housewives in the city. There are also a few pensioners who receive their livelihood through allowances from NASSIT, the government social security scheme, but the majority of the household heads actually earn their livelihood through gardening.

What we can do:

New 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 the swamp for their water. By drilling this borehole, the 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.

We're just getting started, check back soon!


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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

Marissa's Campaign for Water
Aaliyah and Meghan's Campaign for Clean Water

And 1 other fundraising page(s)
3 individual donor(s)