Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  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.

This community has great unity. They had 18 men and 20 women on their water  committee. The water committee is responsible for helping maintain the well and collecting a well maintenance fee of USD/Liter $0.02 per 5 gallons. The Sierra Leone team suggested they make the committee smaller and that some of the people could work on the sanitation aspect with the children from the Child Health Club. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an open, contaminated well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, the community established water committee assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, brought in sand for the well, provided food for the team and helped provide security over the water project during the night. Most community members sustain their families by fishing, harvesting salt, farming and petty trading. The nearest school is located three kilometers 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, Kebineh Bangura, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-one year old community member and petty trader, Hawa Kamara, who stated, “The first well the water was red and has a taste, but we thank God for this new well. This new one is protected and free from germs and it will help keep us from sickness.”

There were 90 adults and 100 children who attended this hygiene training. This is a catchment community for the full WaSH project at the DEC Mamankie Primary School and some of the children from the Child Health Club were on hand to assist with the hygiene training. The training was implemented fine and there was a lot of interest by the people in the community. They were so happy because they never knew most of the things they were taught. They asked questions about the hygiene lessons they were taught. The students talked to the community about the importance of every household having a toilet of some kind and encouraged people to build native toilets who didn’t have any.

Project Updates

03/17/2018: New Intervention in Rogbere Community

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.


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