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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Bridge Leading To The Next Village
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Musa Kanu
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Rice Seed Set Up Under Sun Light To Dry
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Small Boy Fishing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Small Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Small Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Small Girl Carrying Water At Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Village Area
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Village Area
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Woman Collecting Water At Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Woman Cooking Palm Oil Seeds For Palm Oil Processsing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Woman Cooking
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Matong Village -  Pa Almamy Sillah

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 (?):  10/31/2021

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Upon entering Matong village, the first thing our team saw was a school. The school has a large and bare playing field where children play soccer. As one continues down the road, houses line both sides. Most of the 750 people here make a living as farmers. The plots of land and extensive gardens are traditionally inherited from father to son. At the center of Matong is the community mosque.

Parents and children spend their free time sitting under large trees, enjoying the cool breeze. The hot and humid African sun prevents people from being indoors during the day. The hot roofing material increases the temperature by at least ten degrees.

It was the start of the harvest season during our visit, and there was plenty of food available. At this time of the year, children and adults sit with a bucket filled with different mangoes, find a cool area and eat a dozen or two.

The primary water source, which happens to be a hand-dug well with a hand pump, was dug in the 1980s. The area around the well is filled with mud. Large stones are on the ground where they stand as they fetch water and another stone to place the container.

Since the well is not properly maintained, it is open to contamination. The health consequences of drinking water from the well include contracting waterborne diseases like typhoid, dysentery, cholera, diarrhea, worms, and parasites.

“Ever since the only hand-dug well was constructed, there has been nobody else to assist us with another one until now. I wish there is something I could have done to construct another well in the village, but my choices are limited,” said Town Chief Alimamy Sillah.

The village is more than a mile long, and accessing the only protected water point in the town is a burden for most people who live in the lower part of the village. Walking the distance of almost a mile to acquire water sometimes is skipped and resort to using water from the scoop hole.

“The only time I can handle the long lines is when I need water for drinking. Under no circumstances am I to fetch drinking water from the scoop hole. That rule helps me a lot because I easily go around the back of our house and fetch water, not worry about being late to school. My father has a bicycle, and it helps me a lot when I have to fetch water from the hand-dug well,” shared Musa K, a 12-year-old boy who lives in the village.

The scoop hole is contaminated, with dirt, fertilizer, and soil runoff contributing to the contamination. Like the well, the people who drink water from the scoop holes are exposed to waterborne diseases.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at the central mosque in Matong Village. It is centrally located and will relieve many people of the long journey to fetch water. 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 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 restrooms 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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