UMC Primary School - Makeni Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.81
Longitude -12.04

400 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.

The community of Makeni, Makump Bana is located in the Bombali district of Sierra Leone. The rehab was done at the UMC Primary School. This pump had been broken since April 2008. So they were using the well but through an open top, this was causing dysentery and typhoid.

The team had to break through cement and cut through welding before they could pull the pipes out. They found rusted pipes and a disconnected cylinder. They changed out the pipes with stainless pipes, put in new sucker rods and replaced the cup leathers. The school staff and children were so happy and thankful for this intervention. The community helped the team with the repair by providing security and labor. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. Most people in the community earn a living through teaching, petty trading and selling wood.

Testimony from a community member

Falla Bangura, 12 year old student spoke with the team about the water needs for his community. “The pump is very good. It’s very difficult to get water with a rope and a rubber. I tell God tenke (thanks).”

Hygiene & Sanitation Training:

It was a great hygiene training with the teachers and students. Everyone was so enthusiastic! There were 25 adults, 8 teachers and 135 students who attended the training. 35 ORS (oral-re-hydration) spoons were distributed. They talked to them about the importance of using a latrine and how to build a native toilet.

Lessons included germs/disease transmission, proper hand washing techniques, healthy/unhealthy communities, ORS (oral rehydration solution), proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors and disease transmission stories.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Makeni, Makump Bana, UMC Primary School
ProjectID: 531
Install Date:  08/20/2010


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.