Newton - Virginia Well Repair Project

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Sierra Leone

Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.34
Longitude -13.00

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Our implementing partner reports:

The well rehab was at Newton, Catholic farm located in the Koya Rural District. This hand pump was stolen in February 2010. The community had really been struggling with drinking from the dirty swamp. The water was milky white in color. A new Afridev pump was installed much to the delight of the community! Most of the people in the community earn a living through farming and petty trading. The community helped the team with the rehab project by providing labor. When the project was complete, the community established a water committee and a point person to be the caretaker of the well.

Testimony from a community member

Fatmata Turray, 35 year old who sells plassas (greens) in town spoke with the team about the water needs for the school and community. “The well is fine. I don’t feel fine when I drink from the swamp. I get no choice, but now I do get a choice. Tenke, tenke.”

The community prayed with the team prior to the work beginning. They worked alongside the pump repair team. The hygiene was amazing. Such vulnerability, humbleness. We’re so thankful to God that He made it possible for this community to receive a cup of water in Jesus’ name.

Hygiene Training

This is an amputee community. Most of the amputees were off in Freetown begging for money for food to sustain themselves and their family. There were 15 adults and 6 children who attended the training. Fifteen ORS spoons were distributed. During the training, the caretaker of the well was really struggling with runny belly and just not feeling well. At the close of the training, she said, “I confess I am guilty of so many of these hygiene things. I am going to start today to make some changes in my life. We tell God tenke for that!!” Each house has a latrine that was built with the house as part of this housing project.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Newton, Catholic farm, Virginia well
ProjectID: 503
Install Date:  05/06/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 12/07/2016
Well Depth:  45.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
02/15/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Needs Repair
09/16/2015 — Needs Attention
12/02/2015 — Needs Repair
12/07/2016 — Needs Repair

Country Details

Sierra Leone

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

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.