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The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Happy Kids With Chief
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Celebration
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Chief And Students
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Community Elders
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Councilor With Students
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Dignitaries And Students
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mariatu Drinking Clean Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Smiles All Around
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  So Excited
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Teacher Pumping Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Teachers At The Well
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Teachers Drinking Clean Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Chief And Headman Celebrate
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Excited Kids
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Community Playing Drums
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Councilor Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mapping Officer With Kids
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mapping Officer With Students
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mariatu Pumping Water
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mohamed Kamara At Pump
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Student At The Pump
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Students And Teachers Dancing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Teachers Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Teachers Splashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Ward Councilor Making Statement
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mariatu K
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mariatu K
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mohamed Bockrie Kamara
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Mohamed Bockrie Kamara
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Balance Diet
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Balanced Diet
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Demostrating How To Take Proper Care Of A Teeth
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Demostrating Proper Way To Do Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Diarrhea
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Disease Transmission Posters
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Displaying Diseases Transmission Posters
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Handwashing Result
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Healthy Vs Unhealthy Community
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  How To Take Proper Care Of A Teeth
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Importance Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Preventive Measures Against Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Preventive Measures Against Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Preventive Measures Against Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Preventive Measures Against Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Preventive Measures Against Covid
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Proper Way To Do Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Result Of Handwashing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  The Importance Of Bathing
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  The Importance Of Latrine
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  The Importance Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Worms And Parasite
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Finished Water Point
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Finished Water Point
The Water Project: Lokomasama, Mapiterr, Al Kitab Primary School -  Water Point
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

Impact: 481 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/20/2022

Project Features


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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.

Project Updates


03/15/2022: Al Kitab Primary School Borehole Well Complete!

We are excited to share that there is now a safe, reliable borehole well at Al Kitab Primary School. 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.

"It was not easy to fetch water from the stream," explained Mariatu K., 11, recalling what life was like for her before the new well was installed.

"The road to the stream is far and I became tired after fetching water. Because I did not have money to buy food at the school, the traders would not give me water to drink, so I used to go to the nearby houses to look for water. If I could not get water from the nearby houses, I had to stay at the school without water to drink."

Mariatu drinks clean water from the new well.

"I am happy for the water well that we now have at our school," Mariatu said. "I now have water to drink, use the toilet, and wash my hands. This makes me feel very happy and clean."

"I struggled a lot making sure that water is available at the school," said Head Teacher Mohamed Kamara, 45. "Students used to go to the stream to fetch water every school day before morning devotion. It was not an easy task to do. The stream water is not good to drink, but the children would drink it because there was no safe drinking water at the school."

Mohamed Kamara with students.

"Today, I am happy," Mohamed continued. "I will no longer be worried to get safe and adequate water because there is now [a] new well at the school where students and teachers can easily fetch water to use. It is now good that the school has safe and enough water to do everything easily and on time."

We held a dedication ceremony to officially hand over the well to the community members. The ceremony was attended by several local dignitaries, including the section chief, community headman, community elders, the chairman of the school management committee, district councilor, and the Ministry of Water Resouces mapping officer.

The section chief celebrates with students.

Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project. Then, Mariatu and Mohamed made statements on their community's behalf. The ceremony concluded with celebration, singing, and dancing.

New Well

The drilling of this new borehole was a success, and clean water is flowing!

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 26 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 static water level of the well is six 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.

On the first two days of training, attendees were made up of the school's teachers and the school management committee members. Then, on the third and fourth days, teachers shared their new knowledge with their students.

The topic that participants asked about most was malaria, which is a constant issue in Mapiterr community. When training facilitators asked participants for the cause of malaria, participants responded that malaria is caused by eating too many oranges or egg yolks or drinking contaminated water.

Facilitators corrected these misconceptions, saying that the disease can only be spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and that some of the best prevention methods are to eradicate any pools of stagnant water where mosquitos breed and to sleep in a mosquito net.

"This knowledge impacts my life because the hygiene and sanitation team taught me and my colleagues how to keep our environment clean," said Head Teacher Mohamed Kamara.

"The new hygiene practices I have learned from the training will help me stay safe," said Mariatu K. "I will continue to always wash my hands after using the toilet with soap and water regularly. I will not cough or sneeze without covering my mouth and nose."

When an issue arises concerning the well, community members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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02/01/2022: Al Kitab Primary School Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Al Kitab Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this school 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 Underwriter - Wakillah
6 individual donor(s)