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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  School Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Water Container In
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Students In Classroom
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Students In Classroom
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Swamp
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Private Well
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Collecting Swamp Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Latrine Boys Block
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Latrine Girls Block
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Students In Classroom
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Storage In Classroom
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  School Landscape
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  School Sign Board
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Inside Latrine

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2022

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The most common livelihoods in this area are farming, gardening, and traders who carry different items on their heads to sell to people in nearby villages.

The school began in an unfinished house in another village called Gbonko Bana with 35 students in 2016. Construction of the new Al Kitab Primary School was completed in December of 2020 with an enrollment of 423 students.

There is no water source on campus, so it takes an hour or more for students to fetch water for all the classrooms, with the responsibility bestowed on the older students who can carry a fully loaded container, either from the protected hand-dug well or from the swamp. The water from the protected hand-dug well is reserved for drinking, while the water from the swamp is used in the latrines and for cleaning around the school compound. Each day valuable class time is lost.

Often the closest hand-dug well is closed or crowded, which sends the students to the contaminated swamp for easy access. The major concern of parents when the students walk on the long, narrow, steep footpath leading to the stream is they are faced with the danger of snake bites or injuries.

The proposed project will provide clean and safe water to the students and the surrounding community throughout the year. The location chosen for the borehole is at the extreme edge of the school compound allowing community members to use the well without interrupting class sessions. The administration decided to allow the use of the pump during school hours and immediately after school and, if needed, extend it to the weekends. The Water User Committee will include people from the surrounding homes to ensure security.


“I am very happy to be the first Head Girl of this new school. Fetching water is usually the responsibility of the older children, and thanks to God, I am never asked to go and fetch water because of my size and age. All the older students are always taken out of the classroom to go and fetch water which brings the day’s learning to a halt. The bigger students are all in my classroom, and whenever they are asked to go and fetch water, I end up losing a lot of study time,” said Isha, 10-years-old.

What we can do:

New Well

Where we will be drilling is centrally located and will relieve many people of the long journey to fetch water and the challenge of accessing clean water.

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.

By drilling this borehole, Al Kitab Primary School 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.

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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

2 individual donor(s)