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The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Ataya Base Where Youth Meet And Discuse Issues
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Boy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Boy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Almamy Kanu
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Community Members Fishring
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Garden
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Inside Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Inside Kitchen Where They Dry Fish
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Mohamed Kargbo
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Old Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Old Woman Planting
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Road To Another Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Woman Laundring
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Woman Selling Cake
The Water Project: Lungi, Kamen, #22 Mission Road -  Young Man Repearing Boat

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2020

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Community Profile

Life in Kamen, Sierra Leone starts here around 5:00 in the morning. After prayers, the men pick up their nets they mended the night before and head off for fishing, depending on the tide. Children and women go to the stream located up to a mile away from some homes because it is the only reliably available water source in the community. There is one private well that is only open to the public at the whims of the owner.

The road to the stream is uneven, so people must walk carefully in the early morning light to prevent getting hurt on the journey.

“I am seriously afraid​ of going down this hill every day, almost four times, to fetch water. I really don’t have an option,” said Alimamy, a 15-year-old we met while visiting the community.

Most parents will not send their young children alone due to concerns about them getting injured. The tension or struggle for water rises early in the morning and late in the evening – when the stream is most crowded.

“I had to go with my child to the hospital who accidentally fell and sustained injuries fetching water,” said Mohammed Kargbo, a local fisherman.

The water itself is not safe for drinking. Cases of dysentery, typhoid, and diarrhea are the reported health implications for drinking this water.

“Water has always been our problem in this area. We really want clean and pure water to save lives,” Mr. Kargbo continued.

After the children fetch water for the morning chores, they go to school. Women continue on with the daily chores and tend to gardening and petty trading. When the children return home from school, they fetch more water and continue with the afternoon chores and extra school lessons.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at #22 Mission Road. This project will relieve the people here of the their water challenges.

Mission Road is a street that stretches almost a mile with houses at the right and left when coming from Kamem. The houses on the right are very close to the gully by the Atlantic ocean. From the road, one can see and hear the waves of the sea. Fishing and gardening are the most predominant occupations​ in this community, due to the proximity to the sea.

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.

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

Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Numined Diamonds
North Dunedin Baptist Church
SepticPro
United Way of the Capital Region
Facebook Donations
Avago Technologies Matching Gifts
Barnard School
Google Matching Gifts
Rose of Sharon Family Christian Center
The Clorox Company
Liberty Mutual Matching Gifts
Cardinal Health Matching Gifts
Odin's 400km for Water
Rose's 18th Campaign for Water
Ellen's Littlest Angels Child Care Campaign for Water
WaterIsLife Campaign
Liam's helping with water team
Fernando's Campaign for Water
Brooklyn's Campaign for Water

And 4 other fundraising page(s)
107 individual donor(s)