Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 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.

A Sierra Leone team member commented, "It was wonderful to see the students sharing what they had learned from their teachers."

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a well unable to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were utilizing other local and contaminated water sources causing families to suffer from typhoid and malaria.

Most community members earn a living by petty trading, gardening, teaching, working for the government or for the local airport. There is a school in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-five year old community member and trader, Haja Koroma, who stated, "The old water source had taste and it was not pure to drink. If we have this new water source, we should have pure water to drink."

Since this well is a catchment well for St. Augustine's RC Primary School, the Sierra Leone team involved some of the students to come and assist with the hygiene training. They were pretty excited about this! The community was receptive to their suggestions for everyone to have a toilet and to wash your hands with soap and water. This community will need ongoing hygiene training because of the surroundings were full of dirty water.

The people were happy with the hygiene training and they promised to put all that they learned into practice. A water and sanitation committee will also be formed at this well. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, good and bad hygiene behavior, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, disease transmission stories.

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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.

The old water source had taste and it was not pure to drink. If we have this new water source, we should have pure water to drink.

Haja K. - Community Member