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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Women Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Water Flowing
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Council Members At Well
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Trying It Out
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Tippy Taps
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Tippy Tap Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Participants Listening
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Participants Demonstrating
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Parasites
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Community
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Bad Vs Good Hygiene
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Ready For Use
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Pump Installatiion
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Measuring Depth
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Making Progress
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Getting Taller
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Temporary Casing
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Drilling
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Drilling
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Everyone Together
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Dedication
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Community Women
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Young Girl Cooking
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Young Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Young Girl Carrying Water
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Latrine
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  George Sankoh
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Community Member Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Community Area
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Community Area
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Clothesline
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The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street -  Alternate Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 138 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/12/2021

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The community near #10 Off Mansaray Street is located between New London and Wasaya. It was a hot morning when our teams visited, and though it continued to get hotter in the afternoon, the atmosphere was favorable for daily activities. Every member of the community was personally engaged in their various tasks.

New London is a newly established community located along Mansaray Street with almost every member engaged in the construction of new homes. Most houses in this community are difficult to locate because some of them are not well-ordered as streets. New London is a plain landscape with a swamp at the extreme end. As a new community, the population is moderate.

The community is not too far from the Catholic Parish. It is sometimes difficult to access commercial vehicles or motorbikes to move people to other places from New London because most of the routes to places in the community are footpaths, and the new residences springing up have not fully reached completion.

Any new and coming community will always face great challenges with access to water. The community is an extension of the New London community, where it used to be considered deep in the woods. A squadron of children, both boys and girls, go out very early in the morning trying to get the best quality water to bring home for use.

The children turn to various unprotected wells to get their water. As a result, the children have to labor to pull buckets of water out of the wells. Further, because the wells are not protected, they are open to contaminants that make the water unsafe for drinking.

It is also dangerous for children to go near the open wells. There is always a chance of injury from pulling up the heavy bucket of water, and the possibility that someone could fall inside the well.

“Having access to safe and clean water at my doorstep will transform our entire family and the community. My children are still too young to be fetching water from far distances, and with our condition, we rely on the children of relatives we raise that rescue us,” said George Sankoh.

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, New London 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


09/20/2021: New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street Well Project Complete!

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable borehole well in New London, off Mansaray Street. As a result, the 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 believe that water is life, and because of that, this water point will positively impact my life and the entire community," said George Sankoh, 47, a local teacher. George was also elected as the Chairperson of the new water user committee.

George and his wife both have disabilities, which is why this well was built to be accessible for all users.

George went on: "Considering our condition, it was exceedingly difficult for us to get access to a water source that is disabled-friendly. Today, it is a privilege for us to get a safe, reliable, and disabled-friendly water point at our doorstep."

The dedication ceremony was held on a beautiful, sunny day. Along with local District Council and Ministry of Water dignitaries, the event was also graced by the Chairman of the local council of Persons with Disability and several other invited community members with disabilities who are excited about the new possibilities this water point will open for them.

George (left) with the Chairman of the local council for Persons with Disability (right).

"This community relied on [an] unprotected well as the main water source," George Sankoh said. "It was extremely difficult for the community to get safe drinking water. Most of us had to buy packet water to drink. I can now apportion that cost to another need of the family. I have been praying for this opportunity [since] long ago. Now that it has happened, I am very grateful."

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 29 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.

Yield test.

The static water level is 11 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.

On the first day, the training was held on George Sankoh's porch, which was a little cramped, but participants were still attentive.

The second day, George found a more suitable venue: an under-construction building. This site, too, was a little small, but we coped!

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 most interesting training topic for this community was the construction of tippy-tap handwashing stations. All participants had been asked to bring a one-gallon container, about which there had been much speculation. Some community members even thought they would walk away with a donation of cooking oil! Instead, they were astounded to learn that they could transform an ordinary container into a tool they could use to better their community's hygiene.

Some participants rushed to the table to construct their tippy taps immediately. The participants promised to help their fellow community members in constructing their own versions. They said they would create many handwashing stations and continue the proper handwashing techniques.

The second most memorable topic was childhood nutrition. This session was very interactive: everyone was whispering to each other when balanced diets and food nutrients were measured. You could see the guilt on their faces as the facilitator explained how children need to be given a balanced diet, because it is necessary for their growth.

A participant explained how he had been depriving his children of eating fish and fruit, because he feared his children would be infested with worms or could get malaria from them. He said he felt so bad for his children and needed to ask for their forgiveness right away. He will now allow them to eat all that their body needs for proper functioning.

Other participants mentioned that they thought children were to eat rice only, and no meat or fish, which they believe would prompt them to steal or get initiated into witchcraft. Some foodstuffs were also forbidden even for adults. For instance, pregnant women in their community are not allowed to eat eggs or plantains for fear that the unborn children might become thieves. They were happy about the training and promised to change for the better.

Baindu Gray, a 57-year-old farmer, shared how the training impacted her: "Through this training, I have attained the skills and knowledge on how to take proper care of food, environment, and family, which is very paramount. I am calling on everyone who has witnessed this training to pass on this message to fellow community members so that all hands will be on deck to work for the development of this community and for our own wellbeing."

"I strongly believe that if we as a community adhere to the advice given to us, we will stay safe and healthy in this community," George Sankoh concluded.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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08/10/2021: Lungi, New London, #10 Off Mansaray Street Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in New London 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 Sponsor - BlimpsRock
3 individual donor(s)