The Word of Life Bilingual Pre-Primary and Secondary School

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.60
Longitude -13.19

500 Served

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

General Information
The well rehab was at the pre-primary school in the community of Rotifunk #20. This school’s well was an open well which caused water borne illnesses such as dysentery and malaria. Also, there is an Islamic Secondary school next door that have a broken well. Until the team is able to rehabilitate that well this primary school has agreed to let those students get water from this well, which is nearby. Most of the people in the community earn a living through small businesses, teaching and petty trading. The community helped the team with the rehab project by providing labor and security. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. Testimony from a community member: Esther F.F. Kamara-Onwuma, 38 year old headmistress of the school spoke with the team about the water needs for the school and community. ‘There is a whole lotta different. Having this well sealed up is a lot safer for the children. The water is more pure. It is healthy. It is wonderful! I can’t even explain’.

The children gathered with the team around the well to pray before beginning any work each day. Upon completion, we dedicated the well and the hand pump up to Daddy God. Bible storying was done during the hygiene training with the children. The creation song was sung with them. The Gospel was presented. The owner of this school is the wife of a local pastor. They are Gideons and are going to team up with us to distribute Bibles at the well sites in this area of the country.

Hygiene Teaching
The school has a two stall pit latrine. Because there was no place to wash the children’s hands, the hygiene team taught the teachers how to make tippy taps and showed the children how to use them properly. The hygiene team discussed the importance of the children using a ‘potty’ instead of peeing against the side of the building. They didn’t seem to be using the pit latrines. Maybe because some of the children are so small. The ages of the children begin at two years old. The team discussed the need for the children to wash their hands and discussed when the children should be washing their hands with soap and water.

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Recent Project Updates

03/22/2017: New Intervention Needed at Word of Life Bilingual School

This hand-dug well provided good water to the school for years, but we recently started seeing a change. Thanks to our monitoring program, we discovered that during the drier months, this well stopped serving the people. There just wasn’t enough water reachable by the pump.

Thus, we’ve sent a full work team to open up the well and hand-drill meters of borehole down to the next water table. This deepening will ensure that the pump consistently provides clean, adequate water to students attending school here. To see that project, click here.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Newton, Curve community Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 523
Install Date:  04/06/2010


36 individual donors
Duane & Katrina Weaver

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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.