St. Joseph Jr. & Sr. Secondary School



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Country:
Sierra Leone

Program:
Water for Sierra Leone

GPS:
Latitude 8.61
Longitude -13.18

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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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.

Initial reporting…

The initial site selection and community engagement phases of the St. Joseph Jr. & Sr. Secondary School water project are now complete.

The team has noted that the water level in the well to be rehabilitated is very low.  This will require additional and time consuming deepening of the well.  Recent severe droughts in the area have caused most of the wells we are encountering to require this deepening.  It has caused very long delays, though we’re glad that progress is still being made.

This very large project includes a full well rehab and construction of new latrines.  The team will also spend a great deal of time training students and community leaders about proper hygiene.

Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported…

A Sierra Leone team member commented, “This is a really great school. They have unity here. The school has strict rules and the students respect authority. They have a vocational school here as well. They teach hand work, soap making, weaving cloth, making coal cooking stoves, batik and gara tie dying. The students are then prepared to be good in the society. The teachers were very cooperative with the hygiene training. When the first project washed out, we were pretty disappointed, but learned that we needed to watch for where the water runs off during the rains better.”

When the team arrived, community members were using a protected hand dug well to meet all of their water needs and because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team by providing security over the water project during the night. The community is also responsible for collecting a well maintenance fee of $0.02 per liter of water. Most community members earn a living by petty trading, working odd skilled jobs for daily wages, working for the government and teaching. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member and school principal John Otto Sesay, with a 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 thirteen year old community member and student, Makalay Kargbo, who stated, “We had to share toilets with the other school and many students used the bush. The new toilets are fine. There is a place to wash our hands which the other toilets don’t have. I like that I can wash my hands for good hygiene.”

During the hygiene education, the Sierra Leone team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission, how to take proper care of the pump and how to keep the water clean, Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), Latrine perception, good and bad hygiene behavior and the three legged stool. It is hoped that after hygiene education unhealthy practices in the community will subside – essentially allowing for a healthier community with access to clean, safe drinking water.


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Recent Project Updates


03/19/2012: St. Joseph Jr. and Sr. School WaSH Project Completed

After many, many months of delays and setbacks, we’re excited to finally report that the Full WaSH project, including a newly restored well and latrines is completed.  We have posted pictures (working on getting more and fixing distortion), GPS coordinates and a report from the field.


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08/29/2011: Update from the field

We’ve just had an update from the field on the project. There has been severe heavy rain in Sierra Leone and the pits that had been dug for the toilet block have been washed out. This is a set back for the team, but will only result in a short delay. 

They have managed to salvage a lot of the materials they were using, including the bricks they have made, and they are now relocating the block to an alternative site in the school compound. We are expecting photos and more detail to come in the near future.

Of course there are challenges in this work, but we know th eteam in Sierra Leone are working hard and look forward to their next update.  




Monitoring Data


Project Type:  WAsH for Schools
Location:  Lungi, Masoila, St. Joseph Secondary School, Port Loko District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom
ProjectID: 538
Install Date:  03/19/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 06/13/2017
Well Depth:  55.00M

Notes:

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:
06/05/2015 — Needs Attention
08/06/2015 — Functional
12/22/2015 — Functional
02/26/2016 — Functional
06/30/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
09/14/2016 — Functional
10/13/2016 — Functional
04/01/2017 — Needs Repair
06/13/2017 — Needs Repair




Sponsors


39 individual donors
St Thomas School Junior High
Room 3, Tauranga Adventist School
Girl Scout Troop 707, Corona, California
Seattle University Global Poverty class spring 2010
Hawken School
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Holy Cross Church


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Country Details

Sierra Leone

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

Partner Profile

Mariatu’s Hope works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope through Maternal Care, Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion.