Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 121 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/27/2023

Project Features

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Bompa Morie Village is home to more than 121 people, with houses lining either side of the main road. The roads are slightly bigger than footpaths but can only be used by one motorcar at a time. When two vehicles approach each other on the narrow road, one has to pull over into the bushes to allow passage for the other vehicle.

The village is lined with large trees, as it has been since the days of the community's founding members. The trees have formed a permanent shade that creates a cool environment for people escaping from the hot sun.

The most common livelihood here is dry-land farming. People plant crops such as rice and sesame seed, and they cultivating the locally available palm kernels into palm oil.

The time it takes to fetch water is a big hindrance for this community. The only well is located at the end of the community - leaving most people without a nearby water source. So, people decide to use the water from the stream since it is closer. Unfortunately, it still takes people more than 30 minutes to collect water, and the stream is prone to contamination leading to waterborne diseases. There have been reported cases of typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, and skin diseases from people entering and drinking water from the stream.

The best time to fetch water from the stream is very early in the morning when there are not many people and the water is not yet disturbed. Since the distance from the village to the stream is far, women and children are also encouraged to do laundry and bathe at the stream. These activities, however, further pollute the water they must collect to drink back at home.

The dirty stream water is causing problems beyond community members' homes. The nearest secondary school, for example, is five miles away, a commute that most students from this area have to make on foot. The distance equates to a two-hour walk in each direction, which requires students to set out very early in the morning if they are to make it to class on time. But at home, children - and predominantly girls - are required to fetch water before leaving to do anything else that day.

So, with the trek required to the stream each morning, most girls find they cannot complete this chore and leave early enough to make it to school on time. This results in many secondary school-eligible girls dropping out after primary school. If the girls had an easier, faster way of collecting water at home, they would have a better chance of making it to school on time to continue their education in secondary school.

"I have asked politicians for years for help with a safe source of water, but nothing has been fruitful," said Pa Mamud Sesay, the village's Headman.

"I am tired of burying my young children and tired of one incident after another when the family goes to the stream."

What we can do:

New Well

We will be drilling 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.


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.

Project Updates

June, 2021: Bompa Morie Village Well Project Complete!

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable borehole well at Bompa Morie Village. 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!

Men, women, and children from the community came out to witness the dedication ceremony for the well. The dedication started with prayers. There was an exuberant celebration where community members danced and sang using different traditional musical instruments. Everyone showed great appreciation to the donors for providing the community with clean drinking water.

"I want to say a big thank you for helping this community by providing us with a well with safe and reliable drinking water. We want to let you know that we are indeed grateful for such a humanitarian gesture. And this well is really a blessing to us because it came at the right time when all our water sources have been dried up because of the season, and today marks the end of all difficulties in terms of safe drinking water in this community," said Alimamy Sesay.

The Process

The drill team arrived the day before beginning work. They set up camp and unpacked all of 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 17.13 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.

Next, we bailed the well by hand for three days before conducting a yield test to verify the water quantity. The yield of this well was 20 liters per minute, with a static water level of 12.8 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!

"Today has been the happiest day in my life, and I am grateful to stand here to talk on behalf of my fellow children in this community. The presence of the well in this community has brought us so much joy, and I know it will improve people's lives in this community. Because we know that all constraints in terms of good drinking water have been settled permanently," said Alusine S.

"Before this community was without a safe and reliable drinking water source, children of this community used to suffer the most. But since this well was constructed, everything has changed for the better because we now have enough time to do other chores and go to school early."

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.

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.

The training took place in an open space at the side of the chief's house near a fallen mango tree. The community members chose the site because of its ventilation and spaciousness with a very cool and calm surrounding which made the training very relaxing for all, with everyone observing the physical distancing.

A member from every household attended the training! More than 95 people participated in all three days.

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.

Many people asked questions and brought up issues that are affecting the health status of their community. They expressed how happy they were about the training and promise to put to practice all that they have learned during the training to benefit themselves and their community.

"This training is valuable and important to me and my fellow community members, especially the women and children. There is no work done in any community without empowering women and children. It has helped us attain the most valuable asset in life, which is the knowledge on how to care for ourselves, families, and the community as a whole," said Fatmata Turay.

Thank you for making all of this possible!

May, 2021: Bompa Morie Village project underway!

An unreliable well is making people in Bompa Morie Village, Sierra Leone wait in long lines and seek out unsafe water sources. 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 Type

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!

A Year Later: No More Tardiness for Students!

January, 2023

A year ago, your generous donation helped Bompa Morie Community in Sierra Leone access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Konie. Thank you!

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Last year, before we added a well to Bompa Morie Community, people at the far end of town would have to walk for 30 minutes or more to fetch water from the community's well. Most of the time, they opted to fetch water from the closer stream instead, but this led to other issues.

"Before, it was really tough for us, the school-going children, because we [would] have to go all the way to the swamp very early in the morning to fetch water," said 16-year-old Konie K. "During the period of that, we [would] normally go to school late."

With a two-mile walk to school on top of their journey to the stream, schoolchildren would have no chance of getting to school on time or having enough energy to complete their schoolwork. But now, with another well on their side on the community, everything has changed.

"We now have a pure and safe water [source] in the village," Konie said. "As a result, we go to school on time. We now have time to rest in the morning before going to school."

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