Ponka Village Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.65
Longitude -13.19

200 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.

A Sierra Leone team member commented, “The people were singing Temne songs and dancing to receive Christ and clean water! We will work with the community to form a water committee.”

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members sustain their families by farming and petty trading. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from 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, Sorie Kamara, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

Fatmata Deen, interviewed by the Sierra Leone team stated, “The old water source, the stream, sometimes the children would mess it up. There is dirty surrounding the water by people toileting along the river and close to the bush. It was too far from the village. It would cause the children to be late for school. It was unprotected. The new well will be closed to germs. Thank God to The Water Project and their donors for giving us clean, pure water!”

There were 52 adults and 40 children who attended this hygiene training. The implementation went well with the community people appreciating the lessons that were taught to them. They promised to put into practice what they had been taught. They also started removing their clothes from the ground where they had been drying. They said that they were doing the practical of the lesson they were taught about not drying their clothes on the ground. The understood why their skin was itchy now. The team discussed the importance of having a toilet and not defecating in the open.

The community received this well rehab as their Christmas present. Thank you The Water Project!!

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Recent Project Updates

03/22/2017: New Intervention Needed in Ponka Village

This hand-dug well provided good water to the community 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 community. There just wasn’t enough water reachable by the pump.

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

The Water Project : 1-sierraleone5107-dry-well

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Forinka Community, Port Loko District/Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 560
Install Date:  01/02/2012


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.