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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Celebrating And
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Celebrating Safe Clean Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Community Celebratiing Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Community Celebratiing Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Joyful For Safe Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Joyful For
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Kid Happily Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Kids Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Safe And Clean Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Village Headman Celebrating
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Happily Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Women Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Checking Depth Of The Well
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Finished Water Point
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  About Diarrhea
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Bad Hygiene Practice
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Demonstrating Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Disease Transmission Story
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Disease Transmission Story
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Explaining Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Hand Washing Methods
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Hand Washing With Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  How To Protect From Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Importance Of Breast Feeding
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Learning About Balanced Diets
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Learning To Care For Teeth
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Participants Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Proper Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  The Importance Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Worms And Parasite
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Councilor Kamara And Mr Bangura
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Councilor Kamara Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Councilor Santigie Lamin Kamara
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Kadiatu Kanu
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Mr Abubakarr Bangura
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Nabie Sumah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Osman Fofanah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Osman Fofanah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Osman Fofanah Ministry Of Water Resources
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Osman Fofanah
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Santigie Lamin Kamara
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Celebrating And
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Celebrating And
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Community Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Joyful
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Joyful For Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Women Joyfully Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Women Joyfully Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Women Joyfully Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Young Lady Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Young Lady Happily Drinking
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  The Importance Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Women Carrying Goods From Farm
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Laundering
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Fatmata B
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Cooking
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Young Girl Plaiting Hair
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Pounding Cassava Leaves
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Hanging Clothes
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Community Mosque Under Construction
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Processing Native Oil
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Household
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Young Man Repairing Radio
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Secret Society House
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House -  Headman Pa Molai Sesay

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 417 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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The women and children in Kalangba Junction wake up very early each day to fetch the best quality water. Early in the morning, there is a likely chance of getting water while it is still low in turbidity, or silt, from one of the community’s unprotected wells. However, the water they collect is still contaminated. Our staff reported that a close look at some of the water fetched reveals some tadpoles accompanied by a pungent smell of mud and fish.

This community has a lot of unprotected wells, but most of them dry up in the dry season. This forces women and children to more undesirable water sources further from home where the water is still open to contamination from humans and animals. Both their primary and alternate water sources are unprotected hand-dug wells with no casing and no water treatment of any kind available. Large animals are left to roam and defecate around the wells while any water, dirt, garbage, and small animals from the ground’s surface fall into the wells and get trapped.

“Not having access to clean and safe water has affected our lives in more ways than one. I was born and raised in this community and have been drinking the same water for the past 60 years,” said Headman Morlai Sesay.

“I know the water is not safe for us, but what other choice do we have? We have asked for help over and over from politicians, but we only get a reply during the election, and immediately after they forget about us.”

We also met teenager Fatmata while visiting the community. Fatmata shared that getting up very early in the morning to go to another person’s yard to fetch water while still sleeping is something she hates doing.

“The adults can be very mean. Sometimes, I am sent away with no water and have to wait hours that I would have already gone to school most times,” she said.

The most common livelihood in this community is farming. With one of the largest open markets in the district, selling food items is one of the easiest things. The farmers get the opportunity of selling their product instead of first selling it to a middle man. They save money on transport, and the fruits and vegetables are picked hours before being sold, guaranteeing their freshness.

Many young men here have embarked on motorbike taxi driving as a lucrative source of income, while others use a converted generator as a machine to crack open palm kernel nuts. The high production of palm oil has also brought about job creation for otherwise idle young men and boys.

At the same time, the women and girls focus on gardening. Most gardening here is now reliant on the use of fertilizer, which has its side effects. The byproduct from the fertilizers has increased the contamination of not just the swamps, but also the community’s many unprotected water sources.

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 ease 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.

Project Updates


09/28/2021: Kalangba Junction Well Project Complete!

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable borehole well at Kalangba Junction. 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!

"This new well will provide me more water to do all my daily activities before and after my farm work. My children will not be annoyed with me for sending them to the open well to fetch water after they have come from school with empty stomachs. They will also have more time to do other activities, including reading their books," said Ya Kaday Kanu, a 46-year-old mother and farmer.

The dedication ceremony at Kalangba Junction attracted the full participation of the whole community. It started with the beating of drums, singing, and dancing by the women of the community. It was a true celebration with local dignitaries, the village headman, and the community women's representative giving speeches. The community as a whole was full of excitement and zealousness to express their gratitude.

"This new well has given me more time to fetch water and read my books at home, and now that I have enough time to read, I will try my best to perform well in school," said Salaimatu B., age 17.

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 28 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 19.5 liters per minute, with a static water level of 6 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!

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.

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.

"The knowledge acquired from this training will help me with the skills and ideas on how to prevent myself and my family from getting the disease (COVID-19). At first, I had little or no awareness about the reality of this disease. But through this training, I have learned a lot about the COVID-19 and its guidelines that will help promote the health system in this community," shared Ya Kaday Kanu.

One of the highlights of the training was the community's new understanding of malaria and its causes. They were amazed to learn that only a bite from an infected mosquito can cause malaria and not fruits like oranges and mangoes, as previously believed.

A local teacher, Nabie Sumah, shared his experience with the training, "Indeed, the knowledge from this training is very valuable to me and my fellow community members because through this training I have attained the skills on how to take care of myself, family, and community."

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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06/07/2021: Kalangba Junction, Next to Alimamy Musa Kamara's House project underway!

Dirty and unreliable water is making people in Kalangba Junction, Sierra Leone sick. 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 Photos


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.