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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 Clothe On Clothe 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 Quote
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 Laundring
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 Quote
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 Cole 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:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/30/2020

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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


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)