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The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Family Members Removing Rice Seed From The Stem
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Garbage
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Abu Bakarr Kamara Village Headman
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Kamaras Son
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Kid Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Kid Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Laundrying
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Main Well
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Rice Seed Set For Processing
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Ricemeel Machine
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Sierra Leone Young Man Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Small Boy Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Village Surrounding
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Woman Boiling Rice Seeds
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Woman Drying Rice Seed Under Sunlight
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Young Man Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Young Man Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Young Man Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomsama, Lumpa Wallah Village -  Young Man Collecting Water

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 (?):  06/30/2020

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Community Profile

The most common livelihood in Lumpa Wallah Village is farming; rice farming in the swamp, and dryland farming. A village with close to 800 people come together to work as one unit. Working to empower and develop all members of the community. They take turns working for one person, and the next day another person is helped to till and cultivate the land. Swamp farming takes a lot of time and hard work, making it nearly impossible for men to age without having intense back and hip pain.

One thing holding this community back is the lack of access to safe water. The current hand-dug that most people use for water is open contamination and located in the village’s upper part. The person fetching water stands with feet spread shoulder-width using a bucket tied to a rope. The environment is dirty, with mud clinging to the sides and bottom of the bucket.

“I am always late for school because I have to do a lot of work before going to school in the morning,” said the son of Abu Bakarr Kamara, the village Headman.

“I get up very early in the morning to stand in the long lines for water, and if I get up late, which happens often, I usually go to the swamp. I hate standing in line and wasting time.”

According to the community’s people, the quality of water over the years has greatly depreciated, causing a muddy and mildew smell to the water. The reported health issues are staggering. With long term use of contaminated water, the people are susceptible to waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, worms, and other parasites.

The people on the far end of the village have to walk a long distance to fetch water that is unsafe for drinking and unreliable – the well runs dry often because it is not deep enough. Some people prefer going to the swamp to fetch water instead of walking and waiting for the long lines.

“Over the years, the population has more than doubled, and our need for clean water has also doubled,” explained Abu Bakarr Kamara.

He described how he spends most of his time settling disputes that arise at the well. This community is extensive and requires clean and safe water. With a borehole in the community, it will greatly help to alleviate the seasonal well. The effects of global warming are fast deteriorating our way supply this, making hand-dug wells obsolete. A borehole is going to provide water to the community all year round.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at Lumpa Wallah village. 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, Lumpa Wallah village 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 hands-free 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.

This training 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.

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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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