Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Dec 2010

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Community Profile

When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Dysentery, Typhoid and Malaria. During the team's stay the community assisted with the water project whenever possible. The majority of community residents sustain a living by teaching, petty trading, farming and fetching palm wine for vendors. The nearest school is located in the community. This school was constructed in 1972 and is a Primary school holding grades 1-6. It was founded by the Catholic Mission and has since become a government supported school. Six of the seven teachers are paid by the government. The toilets they have are the second pit toilets since the school was constructed. Students do not have to pay school fees, but not all students have books. The teachers write most of the lessons on the chalk board. All of the students have benches and tables, and the deputy teacher sleeps at the school for security purposes. Before leaving the community the team provided community resident Allie Conteh with a Mariatu's Hope contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with Mariatu Kamara a female fifth grade student who stated, "The water from the waterside is dirty. We don't clean around the water site, and we wash our clothes there. The waterside water does not taste good. My belly hurts and I get diarrhea. I feel fine that the school got this new hand pump. I think the water is clean from the pump. The water tastes different, and I like the taste of the water from the well using the hand pump."

During the hygiene education the following principal issues were addressed: Disease transmission, Germs, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Good-bad hygiene behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Dental Hygiene.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


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