Sus Gospel Primary School

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.67
Longitude -13.21

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu’s Hope.

A headman in the community stated, “That the community needed to stop grumbling about government not helping them. He said we are all human beings, all mortal man. It’s time to change our attitude and care and work together and manage our time. If we don’t work together we have a problem. The Water Project and their Sierra Leone partner have done something wonderful here for us. We say thank you today while we are alive, for the dead man will not talk from the grave.”

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing other methods to gather water to meet their basic water needs. The community’s use of other gathering methods and their practice of open defecation left the families suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, among other water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project, encouraged the team as they work, and provided any available materials, and provided food and security over the water project during the night. Most community members earn a living by working as teachers, petty traders and produce palm oil or coal to help provide for their families. There is not a school located near this community. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member J.J. Williams, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

During the Hygiene education, the Sierra Leone team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions. After hygiene education, community members constructed a fence around the well site to keep livestock and wild animals away from their clean water source.

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Recent Project Updates

06/13/2012: Morning Lessons And A Cold Drink Of Water

We are excited to report that the Susu Gospel Primary School in Sierra Leone has a new well!  We just posted a report from the field with pictures and GPS coordinates

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  WAsH for Schools
Location:  Lungi, Samuya, Susu Gospel Primary School, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5024
Install Date:  06/05/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 06/12/2017
Well Depth:  51.00M

Visit History:
06/22/2015 — Needs Repair
10/06/2015 — Needs Repair
12/31/2015 — Needs Repair
02/12/2016 — Needs Repair
04/29/2016 — Needs Repair
09/14/2016 — Functional
11/14/2016 — Functional
03/16/2017 — Functional
04/04/2017 — Functional
06/12/2017 — Functional

Country Details

Sierra Leone

Population: 9.7 Million
Lacking clean water: 47%
Below poverty line: 70%

Partner Profile

Mariatu’s Hope works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope through Maternal Care, Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion.