Benke Community

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.64
Longitude -13.21

200 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.

Most of the people in the community earn a living as teachers, skilled men and traders. Their previous water source was from a river that would cause dysentery and malaria in the community. The rising main in the pump was leaking at the joins and the wall around the water was falling down. This community was eager to help by providing labor and materials. The team repaired the pump head, pump handle, rod-sucker, rising main-drop pipe and the cylinder along with repairing the well pad and a new Afridev hand pump was installed. Also, people kept coming to join in the hygiene training. At the well dedication ceremony there was lots of singing and dancing. When the project was complete the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. Testimony from a community member: Rugiatu Kabba, 40 year old trader spoke with the team about the water needs for her community. “The hand pump is easy to use. The water comes out freely. The water is clean which will prevent sickness.”

There were 79 adults and 40 children who attended the hygiene training session. They were excited to receive this information. In addition to the lessons, the team discussed the importance of using a toilet. They encouraged those without toilets at their homes to please dig a native toilet. They explained the concept behind this. Some said they would do this. Lessons included: hand washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, healthy unhealthy communities, oral rehydration solution, proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors, and disease transmission stories.

The community gathered around the well to pray with the team before beginning any work. There was bible storying done during the hygiene training. The community gathered back around the well upon completion to dedicate the well back to Papa God. The gospel was presented. There was singing and dancing and giving thanks to God for this wonderful donor who provided this cup of clean water in Jesus’ name to the people of this community.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 528
Install Date:  11/09/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/25/2017
Well Depth:  51.00M

Visit History:
06/04/2015 — Needs Repair
09/14/2015 — Functional
01/22/2016 — Functional
04/11/2016 — Functional
04/21/2016 — Functional
08/22/2016 — Functional
11/14/2016 — Functional
03/01/2017 — Functional
05/19/2017 — Functional
08/25/2017 — Functional


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.