Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 200 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

Functionality Status:  Decommissioned

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Community Profile

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!!

Project Updates


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

The initial project in this community (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this community with first time water access. Equally as important to the community and The Water Project is ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.  

Because of our commitment to people in this community (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve drilled this well deeper in order to access a deeper, higher yield aquifer. This work will ensure that clean water is accessible here year round. To see that work, click here.


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Project Type

Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.



Sponsors


1 individual donors