Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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Community Profile

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

Although this is a Muslim dominated community and school, they were willing to hear about Jesus and were elated to receive a cup of water in Jesus' name. When the team arrived the community was utilizing a river as their primary source of water and because of this residents were suffering from Malaria. During the team’s stay the community assisted the team by providing materials and labor whenever possible. The majority of community residents sustain a living by farming, petty trading, fishing, teaching and a few work for the government. The nearest school is a Secondary school located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.

The team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-six year old male community resident and male teacher Abubakkar Kamara who stated, "There have been accidents going to fetch water when going down the steep stairs. The road was bad. There have been many sicknesses as a result of the unprotected water. The taste is not good. Children go to school less because of the great distance but with this new hand pump life will be different for us. We thank you and The Water Project!! Tenke tenke, moh moh!"

The school is very large and during the hygiene education there were sixty-three adults and forty-five children in attendance. The following principal issues were addressed: Disease transmission, Germs, Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Diarrhea Doll- causes of diarrhea, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Good-bad hygiene behaviors and Disease Transmission Stories. There were 63 Oral Rehydration Solution spoons distributed, and the hygiene team returned to train classes who were not present for the initial training.

Project Updates

August, 2018: Continued Work at United Brethren Academy

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping them access water. Equally as important to the community and The Water Project is ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.

Because of our commitment to people in this community (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve drilled this well deeper in order to access a higher yield aquifer. This work will ensure that clean water is accessible here year round. To see that work, click here.

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Project Type

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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