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Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/15/2019

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Community Profile

Ebola’s Impact

Ebola has been a tragic reality for the people of Sierra Leone over the last two years. Though considered stable at the moment, the country is still very cautious.

Our teams have remained safe and are on the front lines of Ebola prevention through this water, hygiene and sanitation program.  Your support acknowledges and celebrates their selfless work and bravery.

The entire team continues to express their gratitude for your support of communities in Sierra Leone, and we can’t wait to celebrate safe water together!

Please enjoy the following report comes straight from the field, edited for clarity and readability:

Welcome to the Community

Main Motor Road runs through Pewullay, Sierra Leone. Pewullay is a coastal community full of fishermen. Being a fisherman is unpredictable. One minute asleep, the next minute rushing to the wharf to seize news about good catches. They know the day, months, and seasons when each kind of fish can be caught. These lessons and fishing techniques are passed down generation to generation. If it’s not fishing, it’s farming, but fishing is so important here that prayers and funerals are put on hold until the fish are brought to shore! While men focus on these tasks, women and children take on the brunt of domestic work. From an early age, children become accustomed to carrying buckets of water on their heads weighing 20 pounds or more!

Pewullay is home to approximately 1947 people. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

Water Situation

Water is fetched from a scoop hole dug in the sand at the base of a cliff. Descending the cliff is a feat in itself; it is very steep and slippery, and shoes must be removed to make it down safely. At the bottom, dirt and rubbish is cleared away and a hole is dug in the sand. The water that pours into this hole might look clean with the naked eye, but once poured into a glass it looks completely different.

The process of fetching water puts people in danger. There have been two deaths reported from landslides near the water source. Apart from this, the water itself threatens the health of the community. People often suffer from typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and skin rashes.

Water scarcity is a huge issue. Women and children only fetch enough water for drinking, sacrificing personal and environmental hygiene. Any other water is found in containers left out to collect the rain.

Sanitation Situation

Under half of households had a pit latrine at the time of our initial visit. The pits are sandy and shallow with timber stretching across for floors. Palm leaves are normally used for walls and roofing, and cloth is hung for a door. Since only part of the population has a latrine, open defecation is a big issue. Our team has already made door to door calls to inform people of the dangers open defecation brings. For this community in particular, we’ve asked that each household have some type of latrine before we start borehole construction.

Not even a quarter of households surveyed have a hand-washing station, dish rack, or clothesline. These tools are easy to construct, but make a huge difference in preventing the spread of germs. A majority of people just dispose of their garbage behind their kitchen, which attracts clouds of flies that further spread germs from one thing to another. We included pictures of the facilities we could find under the “See Photos & Video” tab.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Training will be offered to the community for three days. At least one representative of each household is required to attend. The facilitator will use the PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training) method to teach participants how to make their own hand-washing stations, wash hands, construct proper latrines, and many other topics. By the end of training, each household that participated will have their own hand-washing station.

Plans: New Borehole

This well will be drilled at #40 Main Motor Road, making it the second of two boreholes in this huge community. At the start of our relationship with this community, we had proposed one new well but later realized that wouldn’t be enough.

After discussions with local leaders, we decided that #40 Main Motor Road would be a great location convenient to hundreds in this area.

Locals will form a water user committee that oversees and maintains the new well. When construction is finished, we will hand over the borehole to the committee and residents of Pewullay. If there are ever any issues with the pump, the committee will reach out to our team so we can make repairs.

Project Updates


11/20/2017: A Year Later: #40 Main Motor Road

A year ago, generous donors helped build a new well for the community surrounding #40 Main Motor Road in Sierra Leone. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from partner Nanah Mansaray with you.


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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.


"We can now get clean water and our children go to school on time."

Mr. Santigie Kamara

A Year Later: #40 Main Motor Road

September, 2017

“We have been wasting a lot of time from fetching water from the stream and we have had serious health problems like diarrhea and vomiting. But, since the time this pump was completed my life has never been the same like before I have access to clean pure and safe water.”

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in #40 Main Motor Road New Well Project.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help #40 Main Motor Road New Well Project maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a new well for the community surrounding #40 Main Motor Road in Sierra Leone. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from partner Nanah Mansaray with you.

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Life after this project has improved because people have access to safe and pure water to drink and for all their domestic work. The community also improved their hygiene practices due to the WaSH training conducted in their community but still need to work on it.

“People are now using latrine instead of them going down the beach or around the back of their houses to defecate,” says community member Sallieu Bangura. “They also hang their clothes on a rope instead of them laying their clothes on the ground.” But the community still faces some challenges when it comes to hygiene and sanitation. “Some community members do not want to accept the rules and regulations but the water user committee member has implemented a fine to anyone who tries to break the rules and regulation of the pump.”

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Sallieu Bangura’s son, 9-year-old Sallieu Bangura, Jr., says his life has changed since the completion of the pump in the community. “We have been wasting a lot of time from fetching water from the stream and we have had serious health problems like diarrhea and vomiting. But, since the time this pump was completed my life has never been the same like before I have access to clean pure and safe water.”

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We will continue to work with the water user committee as they try to enforce the rules they have set up around hygiene and sanitation. This is big work in this community. They still need to improve on their sanitation but we will continue to monitor the operations maintenance and chlorination of the pump and work with them on more training.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help #40 Main Motor Road New Well Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of #40 Main Motor Road New Well Project – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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Contributors

Project Sponsor - Estate of Rachel Zik