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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kamayea, Susu Gospel Church -  Woman Processing Seashells
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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kamayea, Susu Gospel Church -  Main Water Source
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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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Deep inside Lokomasama chiefdom is Kamayea village, a village that was settled by fishermen. Centuries later, the founding tribe has been taken over by the Temne and Susu tribes. It is a rural community with an ample supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lokomasama is best known for its vast fertile swampland, making it a major producer of rice in the country.

The hard labor involved in planting rice has driven a majority of the youth away from the profession and led them to ride motorcycle taxis as a profession. The transformation from mud houses to cement blocks and wooden windows to glass windows is slowly happening. The homes used to have grass roofs, but with changing times have converted to zinc roofing.

Susu Gospel Church started in March of 2016. It started with seven members and one pastor that was sharing his time with another Susu Gospel Church in Lungi Town. Three years later, the population has increased to 100 congregants. Families come from surrounding villages to attend the church.

We have worked with this pastor on several projects. He is very active and very thorough when it comes to helping us. We are really excited that he has planted a church in this village, as this will bring further development. This church is also known for starting schools, so we are awaiting the announcement that they will start a preschool in the church.

But the church and the nearby community lack a water point. There are two streams that people fetch water at, and a protected well located on the other side of the village. The well was constructed in 1981. It was never fenced and the well pad has cracked over the years. The first casing has started to show above the ground and the organization that constructed the well has long since stopped working in the Lokomasama Chiefdom. As a result, the quality of the water from the well is compromised.

Due to that and crowding, many people travel about 25 minutes to reach the nearest stream. The stream is hidden under large trees that keep the water cool to the touch even in the scorching dry season sun. The water is praised by the whole village as a good source of drinking water, but it is in fact highly contaminated. People bathe and launder their clothes in the stream, exposing it to chemicals. Furthermore, since it is an unprotected stream, it is open to nearby farm runoff and other contaminants that cause waterborne diseases.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at Susu Gospel Church. 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 the swamp for their water. By drilling this borehole, Kamayea 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 in 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.


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