Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School WaSH Project

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Sierra Leone

Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.33
Longitude -13.01

260 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This very large project included a full well rehab and construction of the new latrines.  The team has also spent a great deal of time training students and community leaders about proper hygiene.

Our implementing partner reports…

“A team member stated, ‘Seeing communities come together for the sake of improving their health during the hygiene training was remarkable. The community was inspired to make positive changes in their lives’ When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located three kilometers away from the community, to meet all of their water needs. Because of the community’s dependence on this contaminated water source, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of an open pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area.
During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of seven men and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, helped provide security over the water project during the night and provided housing for the drill team. Most community members sustain their families by farming, some work as petty traders, teachers and others harvest palm wine to sell at nearby markets. The nearest schools are primary and secondary schools that are located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Maligie Bangura, with a Mariatu’s Hope contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with fifty-eight year old community member and farmer, Morlia Kamara, who stated, “The stream is so far and it is very dangerous. The water is not pure. We drink it because we have no way to fetch water. The new pump is so secure and it helps us in the community. It protects us from sickness. It is free from germs.”

Hygiene Teaching

The hygiene training was conducted over a period of a week and a half because there was a death in the village. In attendance were teachers from both the primary and Jr. secondary schools and several community members from the communities of Foo Foo Water, Sherbro Town and Pepel Corner, all catchment communities of the schools. The participants were engaged and enjoyed the training. Both Foo Foo Water and Sherbro Town have since formed WATSAN committees for their wells and our WASH specialist is continuing to work with them as they form their bylaws and constitution.

There is a Child Health Club that has been formed at this school with 30 students and four leaders, two teachers from the primary school and two teachers from the Jr. secondary school. Weekly meetings are being held. There were 32 adults who participated in the hygiene education. Certificates of attendance were distributed at the dedication for the participants. The Child Health Club members and four teachers received special T-shirts and certificates for being members and leaders of the CHC. The toilet that was constructed is a composting toilet. The teachers were given hygiene manuals of the lessons and they all had an opportunity to teach the lessons back to us to help build their confidence about teaching the lessons. Everyone was so excited about the tippy taps. It’s really amazing to see how excited people get over this water saving technique. The team encouraged the teachers to hold workshops with their students and parents in small groups to teach how to make tippy taps.

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Recent Project Updates

09/27/2011: Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School Project Completed

The final phase of the Foo Foo Water, Huntingdon Primary School Well and Latrines project is complete.  We have posted a ton of pictures and an updated report about this very large project.  Don’t miss this incredible update.

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08/25/2011: Foo Foo Water - Project Construction Completed

We had word yesterday that the construction work on the toilet block has been completed, but that due to internet difficulties in Sierra Leone they are as yet unable to send us the report. We should be able to upload more comprehensive data in the coming days.

Now that the water and sanitation components of the project are complete,  the team in Sierra Leone are focusing on the hygiene promotion aspect of the project. When the kids come back from the summer vacation at the start of September, they will be learning a lot about personal hygiene, hand washing and the like as part of this TWP funded implementation. 

 So great news, and more to come!

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  WAsH for Schools
Location:  Foo Foo Water, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 533
Install Date:  09/23/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2016
Well Depth:  60.00M

Visit History:
02/15/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/22/2015 — Functional
11/30/2016 — Functional


31 individual donors
East Cooper Montessori Charter School
Pittsburg Elementary School
Speak-Out Kids
Barnes, Aimee S.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
Indian Hill Church

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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.