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The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Teachers Happy Playing And Splashing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Playing And Splashing Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Teacher Drinks From The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Singing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Drinking Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Proprietor At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Drinking Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Teacher Celebrates At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Collecting Safe And Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Rebecca S Making Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Playing And Splashing Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Drinking Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Looking At Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Collecting Safe And Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Members Enjoying Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Demostrating Handwashing Before The Dedication Ceremony
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Tippy Tap Handwashing Lesson
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Staff Sensitizing About Coronavirus
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Handwashing Demonstration Before Dedication Ceremony
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Bad Hygiene Pratice
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Facilitator Compares Practices Of Healthy And Unhealthy Communities
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Members Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaches Importance Of Clotheslines
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Woman Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Teachers Constructing Tippy Taps
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Hygiene Facilitator Discusses Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching Proper Way Of Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Household
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Household
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Inside Community Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Inside Community Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Inside School Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  M M Kamara Quote
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Mariatu Bangura Quote
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Landscapee
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Landscapee
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Latrine Boys Block
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Latrine Girls Block
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Latrine Staff Block
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Market Place
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Playground
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Sign
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  School Staff
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Outside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Outside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Students Waiting To Use Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology -  Water Storage

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 370 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

The International High School For Science & Technology was constructed by Mohamed Kanu, a professor and a caring parent who saw the need for better quality education, beginning in 2016. It is situated on an acre of land owned by Mr. Kanu in Lungi. Mr Kanu is a native of this community and acquired this plot of land to help improve the lives of the people in the community. He saw a need for students to embark on the sciences as a course of study.

The school is located in the middle of the community with houses surrounding in all directions. The school opened its doors for enrollment in 2018 and has grown from 5 students when it started to more than 150 today. But it is being held back by the lack of water at the school.

Students must travel to the nearest community well which takes about 15 minutes to reach by walking. It is a hand-dug well that serves as the main water point for the nearby community, so it is often over-crowded. The stress on the point causes the water recharge rate to slow significantly which can make fetching water take even longer.

Because of the crowds, students at the school try to go when there are fewer people – which means in the middle of the school day. As a result, the time that the students are meant to spend in class is used fetching water. Headgirl Mabinty is in charge of picking the students who go to get the water from the well every day. She usually picks the two students who arrive at school last as a form of punishment for being late to school.

“They go to the water source and most times they only come back after spending hours. I am supposed to follow them but it also takes away from my class and study time. I should not have to miss class to supervise fetching water,” she said.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at International High School For Science & Technology. 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


02/01/2021: International High School For Science and Technology Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable borehole well at International High School For Science and Technology is already providing clean, safe 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 have gained clean and safe water and an education. What more can a girl ask for?” said Rebecca, a student at the school.

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, we held a small handing-over ceremony at the water point. The dedication was attended by a representative from the inspector of schools, the Local Council, and the school’s proprietor. The students present in the dedication were reduced to a hand-picked group to respect the government’s social distancing law.

“My daughter is also a student at the school, and having clean and safe water within the school compound is going to beneficial for both students and teachers. I will now breathe a sigh of relief because our students can now stay in the school compound and do what students do best – learn,” said Mohamed Lamin Kargbo, a teacher at the school.

In a demonstration of our continued efforts and determination to promote climate change mitigation, we also embarked on a tree-planting ceremony at the school compound. The ceremony was to bring awareness of the effects of global warming on a large scale.

The Process

The team arrived the day before construction began and set up their tents to stay at the school. Their materials were stored at the school, and the community provided meals for the team while they worked on drilling the well.

Two pits were dug next to the drill rig, one for the drill’s water supply and another for what is pulled out of the borehole. In some cases, we order a private supplier to deliver the water for drilling since water access is already a struggle.

Day one of drilling starts by filling the two pits with water mixed with bentonite. A four-inch carbide-tipped bit is fixed to the five-foot-long drill stem. The mud pump starts to supply water to the drill rig, and the drilling begins. The team takes a material sample after every five-foot length of drill stem is put into the hole. The bags were labeled and reviewed later to determine the aquifer locations.

On the second day of drilling, the team expands the hole and clears it of mud. The team reached a total depth of 25 meters.

The team forcefully pumps clean water into the well to clear out any mud and debris from drilling. After, the screened pipe is protected by adding a filter pack. The team hoists the temporary drilling casing to fortify the pipes with cement.

The well is bailed by hand for three days before conducting a yield test to verify the water quantity. This well’s yield was 30 liters per minute, at a static water level of 18 meters.

Yield test

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 and school leaders to understand better the school’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 required guidelines were met, only then did our team of hygiene trainers go to conduct the training.

Before the training, the water user committee members were contacted individually and asked to ensure that every household sent a representative to training. The number of people that were ready to attend the celebration was too high, however, and the number had to be drastically reduced to meet the government’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The training was held inside one of the classrooms, spacious with enough ventilation to allow breathing space. The training was held with social distancing in mind. Because of the virus, our teaching style was modified to meet the requirements set by the government while at the same time making sure the message still gets to everyone in the school and community.

COVID-19 sanitization at the well

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps; good and bad hygiene; disease transmission and prevention; worms and parasites; proper care of teeth; adequate 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.

“The training was precious to my family and me. During the hygiene training, I was only thinking about learning everything to the best of my ability and later will have the responsibility of making sure my family and friends are also imparted with the knowledge,” said Aminata, one of the students at the school.

“It is crucial to think about the well-being of others, and whenever knowledge is given to one person, it becomes the responsibility of that person to make sure that the information meets the last person in that environment.”
Thank you for making all of this possible!


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11/30/2020: Lungi, International High School For Science & Technology project underway

Dirty water is making people at the International High School For Science & Technology in Lungi, Sierra Leone sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with news of success!


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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.


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