The first building that greets you upon entering the most popular street in Masoila is the Central Mosque. The mosque was once isolated, but it has now become the center of the community as it is one of the largest and most sought-after mosques in the region. The Central Mosque is a favorite to many because of where it is located. For years, the Central Mosque stood with not many neighbors, but the recently skyrocketing land prices in the area caused owners to sell and allow for more development.
Houses are lined along the road leading to the Mosque. Shops used to sell anything from food to household items are found along the way. The Mosque compound is large with enough space to accommodate traveling worshippers.
Rapid expansion is putting pressure on the Masoila community. Some 850 people live near and attend the mosque. The community that once was wide open with ample farmland is now crowded. People now make a living as petty traders or by working at the nearby airport.
The Mosque currently depends on the well at # 3 Kamara Street as their only reliable source of water. Many people depending on this water point makes it all the more difficult for people from the Mosque to have an equal time at the well.
"Water plays a great role in making sure a worshipper is cleansed before worshipping Allah. I am always asking for volunteers to bring water into the Mosque. Sometimes, the only option is to pay. The lack of safe access to water is preventing the final transformation of our place of worship to the completed phase, which is to be hailed by all," said Alhaji Mohamed Tejan Kamara, the President of the Mosque.
A few years back, the Kamara Street well was affected by seasonal changes in the water table until we converted it into a borehole, which now serves the community without any signs of letting up. The lingering problem that needs to be addressed is the need for another source of water at the mosque. The people who live here and who attend the mosque are placing pressure on the Kamara Street well - leading to longer lines to fetch water for all. The seasonal changes related to climate change are also drying up other hand-dug wells in the community, thus creating more pressure on the deeper wells like the one at Kamara Street.
A new well at the mosque will provide a year-round source of water to the people living nearby. As a result, it will reduce pressure on other wells in the area.
What we can do:
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, the well will provide Masoila Community with plenty of accessible clean drinking water.
We will offer hygiene and sanitation training sessions 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.