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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Boys Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Boys Joyful For Clean Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Community People Celebrating
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Happily Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Happily Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Happily Drinking Safe Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Kid Joyfully Drinking
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Splashing Safe Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Young Lady Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Testing Well Levels
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Clean Drinking Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Disease Transmission Story
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Disease Transmission Story
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Facilitator Demonstarting Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Facilitator Teaching Balanced Diet
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Healthy Vs Unhealthy Community
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Teaching About Disease Transfer
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Teaching Diarrhea Prevention
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Teaching Handwashing Methods
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Teaching Proper Handwashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training On Dental Care
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training On Dish Racks
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training On Latrines
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Training On Mosquito Nets
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Celebrating Clean Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Community People Happily Celebrating
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Councilor Kamara And Community Headman
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Councilor Kamara And Community Headman
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Councilor Kamara Giving Speech
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Headman Joyful About Clean Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Kids Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Mr Fofanah Joyfully Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Mr Fofanah Ministry Water Resources
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Mr Fofanah Statement
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  People Celebrating And Dancing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Port Loko District Council Rep
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Young Lady Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Abdul M
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Ibrahim Kamara
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Isatu Conteh
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Mary K
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Abdul Marrah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Alie B Marrah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Modia Dee -  Woman Making Local Mat

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

After morning prayers, people living in Modia Dee travel to the stream to fetch water. For some people, this is just the first of 4 trips they will make back and forth to this open-source to get water.

“We have suffered too much for the access to clean water. We are only drinking this water because it is the only available source,” explained Ali Marah, a farmer in the community.

Modia Dee is located along the Gbainty-Bailor highway. Its town center has about fifteen houses lined up along the street. Most of the 300 people here are farmers. Women will often take care of the small family farm while the men will work as day laborers on large scale farms.

The road to the stream is very slippery and hilly. Residents told us of instances where children were injured while making the journey to fetch water. The distance also causes children to go to school late due to the time spent getting water each day.

“I really do not get enough sleep when night comes. I usually ponder over my early morning task, especially going to fetch water at the bumpy route to the stream,” said 14-year-old Mohammed.

“I prefer doing other jobs instead of going to the stream. I am all the time late for school because of the distance and the number of trips I need to make to the stream.”

Cases of typhoid, dysentery, and other waterborne diseases are frequent due to drinking water from the open-source. These illnesses contribute to children missing school as well.

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling this well at Modia Dee. 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, Modia Dee 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 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.

Project Updates


01/11/2022: Modia Dee Borehole Well Complete!

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable borehole well at Modia Dee. As a result, 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 am overly excited for the new water source we have gotten in this community. Life was hard without safe water in the community. I went through constraints on providing water for my family," said Isatu Conteh, a 28-year-old trader. She continued, "I believe this has ended our struggle for water and am quite sure that this well will save us from sickness."

Isatu was overjoyed with clean water!

We held a dedication ceremony to hand over the well to the community members officially. The ceremony began with opening prayers and playing with water at the new well. Many community women and children sang in the local Temne dialect and danced to show their appreciation for providing them with a safe and sustainable water source.

Singing and dancing to celebrate the new well.

The ceremony was attended by several local dignitaries from the Ministry of Water Resources, the Port Loko District Council, the local Council, authorities from other communities, and the resident local Regent Chief. Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project. Then, Abdul M., a 15-year-old student from the community, made a statement on his community's behalf.

Abdul gives a speech during the dedication ceremony.

Abdul said, "This community has no school, so I walked far to my school in Musaiya Village every school day. It was not easy to wake early in the morning to fetch water from the swamp before and after school every day. I always pray[ed] for rainfall during the rainy season so it would help to reduce the frequent moments of fetching water from the swamp."

He continued, "I am happy now that we have water in this community which I can get access to at any time and less burden and not be afraid of snakes in the bush."

The Process

The drill team arrived the day before beginning work. They set up camp and unpacked all their tools and supplies to prepare for drilling the next day. The community provided space for the team to store their belongings, along with meals for the duration of their stay. The following day, the work began.

Our team dug two pits next to the drill rig, one for the drill's water supply and another for what the drill pulls out of the borehole. In some cases, we order a private supplier to deliver the water for drilling since water access is already a challenge.

Day one of drilling began with the team filling the two pits with water mixed with bentonite, an absorbing, swelling clay. Next, the team fixed a four-inch carbide-tipped bit to the five-foot-long drill stem. They started the mud pump to supply water to the drill rig so that drilling could begin! The team took material samples after putting each five-foot length of drill stem into the hole. We labeled the bags so we could review them later to determine the aquifer locations.

On the second day of drilling, the team expanded the hole and cleared it of mud. After reaching a total depth of 30 meters, the team forcefully pumped clean water into the well to clear any mud and debris from the drilling process. We then protected the screened pipe by adding a filter pack. The team hoisted the temporary drilling casing to fortify the pipes with cement.

Chlorinating the well.

Next, we bailed the well by hand for three days before conducting a yield test to verify the water quantity. The well has a static water level of 10 meters. With these excellent results, we installed a stainless steel India MkII pump. Water quality test results showed that this is clean water fit for drinking!

Clean water for all!

New Knowledge

Before conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to understand better the community's challenges and lack of sanitation facilities. We shared the findings from our discussions with the committee members to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training began. For example, we identified households without handwashing stations or ones that may need to repair their latrines. With this information, community members worked together to improve hygiene and sanitation at home.

Participants learned about mosquito nets and malaria prevention.

After this preparatory period, we scheduled a time when members from each household using the water point could attend a multi-day hygiene and sanitation training. We then dispatched our teams to the agreed-upon location to hold the meeting.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps, good and bad hygiene habits, disease transmission and prevention, worms and parasites, dental hygiene, proper care of the well's pump, keeping the water clean, the cost recovery system, dish racks and clotheslines, the importance of toilets, keeping latrines clean, balanced diets, the diarrhea doll, and HIV and AIDS.

Teacher John Kalley, 32, shared, "This training was valuable as we were able to learn new skills and ideas in taking good care of ourselves and our community to stay safe and healthy. I believe that if this knowledge and skills are put into practice, there will be an improvement in the quality of good health in our communities."

Mary K. during the training.

"Yes, this training was valuable to me because it has created awareness on the use of face masks and the physical distances and the proper handwashing skills," said Mary K., 16.

Mary continued, "The most helpful part is that I now have a better awareness of how to prevent myself from the [COVID-19] virus, most especially [with] frequent hand washing and the wearing of face masks when I am in public places. This training will help in saving my life and the life of my community people."

When an issue arises concerning the well, community members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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12/07/2021: Modia Dee Borehole Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Modia Dee drains people’s 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 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

Project Underwriter - Wakillah
6 individual donor(s)