Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Raising Funds
Estimated Install Date (?):  2025

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Community Profile

The 373 students and staff of Kankaylay Islamic Primary School struggle to access sufficient water. The community well they collect water from is often overcrowded or runs dry, and the road they must cross to get there is perilous.

Field Officer Alie Kamara said, "Most times, the water source is overcrowded by community women, and that delays school children from fetching water in the morning. Also, crossing Port Loko Road is a risk for school children to be hit by vehicles [or] motorbikes."

Teacher Isata Jolloh worries for her students daily.

"The problem of water has been affecting me, as a teacher and the school children. We only access water across the Port Loko Road. The school children must cross the road to fetch water, and this may expose them to being hurt by vehicle or motorbike," said 33-year-old Isata, seen below teaching.

"Another challenge we face in our school is the school feeding program. Every day, our school children fetch water for the preparation of food. This will be delayed. Also, we need enough water to drink—the lack of enough water delays school children and staff not eating on time. We are unable to use the school toilet due to not enough water. For instance, if a staff wants to use the toilet, they always go to the nearby houses. This will cause us, the teachers, [to] not complete lessons," she continued.

Children are vocal regarding their experience in the water crisis as well.

Ibrahim, 10, seen below, said, "We have a latrine in our school, but there is no water well. So, I walk a long distance to access water across the road where vehicles pass every day. Sometimes, the water I have already fetched is not enough to serve our class. Even using the latrine is a problem because there is not enough water. When I want to use the latrine, I must get permission from my class teacher and then go to my house. This will cause me to miss out on lessons, and I will not be able to complete these lessons."

"The shortage of water from this water source has led the school not to practice better hygiene and sanitation. Because of the distance to fetch water, this causes pupils to miss their first period of teaching daily," continued Field Officer Alie Kamara.

Without access to safe, clean water, the students and staff cannot perform essential hygiene tasks, such as cleaning the latrines. This increases their risk of illness, which takes children out of the classroom even more, putting them further behind in their education.

Installing the well will enable teachers like Isata to no longer worry about their students' safety or when food can be prepared. Using the latrines on campus will allow children like Ibrahim to save time. This will eliminate the need for students to travel home during the school day, allowing them more time to focus on their studies and personal hygiene.

The Proposed Solution, Determined Together...

At The Water Project, everyone has a part in conversations and solutions. We operate in transparency, believing it benefits everyone. We expect reliability from one another as well as our water solutions. Everyone involved makes this possible through hard work and dedication.

In a joint discovery process, community members determine their most advantageous water solution alongside our technical experts. Read more specifics about this solution on the What We're Building tab of this project page. Then, community members lend their support by collecting needed construction materials (sometimes for months ahead of time!), providing labor alongside our artisans, sheltering and feeding the builders, and supplying additional resources.

Water Access for Everyone

This water project is one piece in a large puzzle. In Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, we're working toward complete coverage of reliable, maintained water sources that guarantee public access now and in the future within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. One day, we hope to report that this has been achieved!

Training on Health, Hygiene & More

With the community's input, we've identified topics where training will increase positive health outcomes at personal, household, and community levels. We'll coordinate with them to find the best training date. Some examples of what we train communities on are:

  • Improved hygiene, health, and sanitation habits
  • Safe water handling, storage & treatment
  • Disease prevention and proper handwashing
  • Income-generation
  • Community leadership, governance, & election of a water committee
  • Operation and maintenance of the water point

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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