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The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Old Women Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Chairperson And Vice Chairperson
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Chairperson For Water User Committee
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Happy Drinking Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Happy Women Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Adamsay K Making Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Proper Way Of Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Bankole Davis Sesay
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Chairperson Mr Bankole Davis Sesay Making A Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Community People Singing And Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Community People Singing And Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Diarrhea
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Good Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Importance Of Toilets
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Participants Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Demonstrating Bowl Handwashing Method
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Displaying Disease Transmission Posters
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Pumping The New Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Setting Up Manchine For Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Setting Up Manchine For Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Staff Collecting Water After Installing Pump
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Staff Showing Dirty Water From Bowl Handwashing Method
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Staff Testing Cylinder
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Girl Hanging Clothes On The Line
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Inside Animal Pen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Inside Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Isata B Kamara
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Kids Playing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Lady Laundering
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Lady Setting Fire For Cooking
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Mary Bangura
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Small Boy Cleaning Dishes
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Young Boy Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Young Boy Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Young Boy Selling Cold Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Young Lady Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street -  Young Lady Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 222 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2020

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/13/2021

Project Features


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Community Profile

Children like him often are tasked with getting water, so their education is affected by this problem. Each morning, children will stand in line to fetch water and return home to do morning chores before going to school. There is usually one main source of water which is in the school grounds. It is fenced and it’s a protected hand-dug well with pump. This well is congested most of the time. The rush to fetch water, especially in the morning, sometimes brings arguments that will result in a fight.

The crowds also affect the students who also have to wait to get water and are late if the line for water is too long. Foday, a 13-year-old student who lives in the community, told us that he is late to school every day because of the time spent fetching water.

“I am too old to stand a long time in the queue for water,” explained Santigie Mansaray, a 73-year-old community member.

“So I must wake up my kids at 5:00 in the morning to go and fetch water. Sometimes they cannot get enough due to the long lines or arguments that break out. The last time my little kid was beaten up while trying to get water.

After school, children return home to fetch more water, wash their uniforms and help with afternoon chores before heading off to extra lessons for school. After the lessons, they go help their parents either farming or at the market. Children will return to fetch more water in the evening for cooking dinner and for their evening baths.

The pressure on the school well leads people to seek other sources of water. When it goes dry due to overuse, people go to a nearby hand-dug well without a pump. Here they deep a container with a rope to fetch water – which exposes it to contaminants.

(Note: We are currently monitoring the school well to determine whether it is a good candidate for a rehabilitation next year.)

Macauley Street is almost a mile from the wharf. One can hear the waves of the tides at the Atlantic Ocean from here. The people in this community make a living by farming, fishing or petty trading. There is a nearby swamp in which people plant vegetables like, cucumbers, onions, pepper potatoes, and tomatoes. These products are harvested and taken to the city for sale.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at #5 MacAuley Street. This project will relieve the people here of their water challenges.

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


11/30/2020: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street Project Complete!

Please note, some photos in this report were taken before physical distancing recommendations went into effect.

We are excited to share a safe, reliable borehole well at #5 MacAuley Street is already providing clean and safe drinking water. 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 welcome the opportunity to have this project practically at my doorstep - a gift that will be with us for a long time if it is properly looked after," said Bankole Davis Sesay.

"My children and wife used to travel to other areas [for water], but thanks to all the partners involved, there is no word or words that can absolutely describe what I am feeling. We have been offered the gift of life, and it is up to us to make sure that it is properly protected for the unforeseeable future."

The dedication was a big day that brought people from neighboring communities to help in the celebration. Still, because of physical distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we graciously restricted access to the well area so that it did not get too full. Since this took place earlier in the pandemic, people were still reluctant to distance and wear masks. Our teams reminded the community members of the importance of preventing the virus's spread using all preventive measures possible.

The remaining committee members were allowed into the well pad only after going through the proper handwashing method outside the well. People offered praise for this great accomplishment since this well is the first borehole in this community. It was a celebration that deserved to be acknowledged. The small crowd prayed and gave thanks to the donors and our team for making this one of a kind project in the community.

"I speak from first-hand experience because I am part of a group of boys that fetch water together: this has greatly reduced the time out fetching water and increased my study time," shared teenager Mohamed.

The Process

The drill team arrived a day in advance to prepare for drilling the new well. The community is responsible for providing housing and food for the team over the course of the well construction process.

The following morning, two pits were dug next to the drill rig, one 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 two pits with a mixture of water and 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 then the drilling began. After every 5-foot length of drill stem put into the hole during drilling, the team would take material samples. The bags were labeled 1, 2, 3, and so on. These were 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 25 meters.

Next, the team forcefully pumped clean water into the well to clear out any mud and debris from drilling. After, the 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 more than 20 liters per minute at a static water level of 14 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 conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to understand better the community's challenges and lack of sanitation facilities. We brought the findings from our baseline survey to the committee's attention to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training or drilling could commence. When all the necessary guidelines were met, only then did our team of hygiene trainers go to conduct the training.

Trainer discusses the importance of proper toilet use (before physical distancing)

We requested that one representative from each of the 23 households using the well attend training, and we were happy to see that everyone could comply. The training was held under the comfort of a mango tree to stay cool in the shade from the hot sun.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps; good and bad hygiene; disease transmission and prevention; worms and parasites; proper care of teeth; proper care of the pump; keeping the water clean; the cost recovery system; dish racks and clotheslines; the importance of toilets; keeping the latrine clean; balanced diets; the diarrhea doll; and HIV and AIDS.

Handwashing training session (before physical distancing)

The most memorable topic during the three days of hygiene training was malaria and fever since mosquito bites have taken more people to the hospital than any other illness in this region. Open water sources and poor hygiene contribute to the problem. The topic of malaria and fever cuts across households regardless of age and income. Our discussion reinforced messages about cleanliness, good personal hygiene, and awareness about family health. Only after these areas are taken care of, the group agreed, can families prevent multiple hospital visits related to malaria and fever.

A trainer teaches about diarrhea (before physical distancing)

"The training was so valuable that it became my anthem. I learned ways to reduce disease transmission and to improve my personal and environmental hygiene. This has created a positive impact for my entire family and me," said Adamasay, a young teenage student who attended the training.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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09/10/2020: Lungi, Mahera, #5 MacAuley Street project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at #5 MacAuley Street in Mahera, Sierra Leone drains community members' time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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

Lost Mountain Baptist Church
United Way of the Capital Region
Kenmore Gild Guides - QLD Australia
Mitch Brownlie, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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