This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu's Hope.
A Sierra Leone team member commented, "This was such a great well rehab. Mrs. Cummings is just precious! We have watched this well for some time now waiting for it to stop working and to be able to replace the old pump was just such a blessing. We were able to get right to work on this well a couple of days after the pump stopped working. To see the joy in this woman's face was just indescribable. As part of the Child Health Club that will be established at the primary school, a water and sanitation committee will be formed at this well." When the team arrived, community members were using a water source that was unable to meet their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. Most community members earn a living by teaching, petty trading, gardening or working for the government. The nearest school is located .01 of a kilometer away from 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 thirty-seven year old community member and student, who was formerly a teacher, Theresa Gbangba, who stated, "The water from the open well has a bad taste to it. It's not pure but we had no other choice except to buy packet water which is expensive. The water from this well now tastes fine. It is so much better!"
The hygiene training was held around the well area. The community was excited to have been chosen to have their well rehabilitated. They participated fully and promised to put into practice what they learned. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, good and bad hygiene and disease transmission stories.
(NOTE: We are aware of the distortion in the current images. We are working to get new ones. Sorry for that!)