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The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Amara Conteh
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Ramatu Kamara
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  A Year With Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Christiana Dambo
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Finished Well Pad
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Walling The Well
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Walling The Well
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drilling
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Flushing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Flushing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Flushing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Well Cover
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Well Cover
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Work Beginning
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Work Beginning
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Making Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Making Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Making Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Making Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Making Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Pastor Simbo
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Training
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Household
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Cooking
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Drying Grandnut
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Food Prep
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Domestic Work
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Children Washing Cups
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Ramatu Kamar
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Bathing Room
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Latrine
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Latrine
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Latrine
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Dry Well
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Dry Well
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Household
The Water Project: Victory Evangelical Church -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 348 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/19/2019

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Mariatu’s Hope of Sierra Leone. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

Victory Evangelical Church was established in 2008, and is located right in the middle of Rotifunk Community. It used to have a school on its grounds, but it has since ceased operations.

This is a beautiful and rapidly developing community. The Church was built in 2008 with the hopes of uplifting the community. A church in any Sierra Leone village normally accompanies a rise in literacy. Women and children, like in most communities, carry a bulk of the responsibilities around the house. Early in the morning, before they can even brush their teeth, they go out to find water for the day. The rapid development and over-population has increased the need for water here tenfold. If by dawn you are not in line at a well, you might as well forget it for the day. Most community members are either petty traders, teachers, or construction workers.

Water Situation

This hand-dug well is located a few feet from the church’s door, so all the noise and quarrels could be heard while worshipers attended service. The church elders were agitated and decided to lock the pump during services, an action that angered the community. The pastor ended up stepping in to show his love for the community and his worshipers, agreeing that the pump should be left unlocked.

The well was installed in 2010 when it began providing safe, clean water to the surrounding community. Over the years, the water levels decreased and transformed this well into an unreliable source. Now through the months of March and July, no water is available when pumping, and opening the well pad revealed there is no water inside.

During these months, the close to 400 locals must look elsewhere for their water. At other water sources, fist fights and late arrivals mark the dry season. If they’re lucky, there will be some water at the bottom of another hand-dug well, although time must pass between each use of the pump to allow the water to recharge. Our office gets repeated phone calls from the communities to repair the remaining water pumps that are heavily-relied on during the dry months.

Sanitation Situation

Proper construction of latrines is not a priority in Sierra Leone. A piece of large plastic is wrapped around some sticks with a pit about 20 feet deep. The people who have more money can afford to floor the pit with concrete, but the less fortunate use pieces of timber. Some latrines have no roofs or cover on the pit.

There were only two hand-washing stations observed in the entire community. We met 45-year-old Ramatu Kamara, a petty trader and housewife here in Rotifunk. “The only time we pay attention to our health is when things are really bad. There are more people that self medicate than the ones who seek medical advice from a health professional. God is the only one that looks after us. Our latrines are left open, flies are a part of our daily lives and not to mention cockroaches and rats.”

Plans: Sanitation and Hygiene Training 

Training will last for three hours a day for three days. The facilitators have already assessed sanitation here and decided that hand-washing and using the latrine will be strongly emphasized. During our hand-washing sessions, community members will be taught how to make their own hand-washing station out of a plastic jerrycan, sticks, and rope. These are the best solution for rural areas, since all the materials are all easily replaceable. Though pit latrines in this community are well-built, we also require that every family have their own.

Training will also result in the formation of a water user committee that will take responsibility for their new well. The members will manage and maintain the pump to the best of their ability, and will call our office if they need a mechanic to make a repair.

Plans: Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump will be removed, and a man will be lowered inside with a hand auger. This hand auger will allow the team to drill several meters deeper to hit a new water table, which will ensure the well supplies water throughout the drier seasons. As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming this hand-dug well into a pseudo-borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the pump, a construction that we know will also improve the quality of water.

Once this plan is implemented, everyone within the community will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.

Project Updates


09/27/2018: A Year Later: Victory Evangelical Church

A year ago, generous donors helped restore water to a well at Victory Evangelical Church in Rotifunk Community, Sierra Leone. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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Project Photos


Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


Looking back on how we have struggled for safe drinking water source, I can breathe down with a long sigh of relief...We never dreamt of having such an opportunity like having a safe drinking water source within our close range.

Christiana Dambo

A Year Later: Victory Evangelical Church

September, 2018

Things happen on time now. Children arrive at class on time, and families are able to get dinner on the table before dark.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Victory Evangelical Church.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Victory Evangelical Church maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

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A year ago, generous donors helped restore water to a well at Victory Evangelical Church in Rotifunk Community, Sierra Leone. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from Omoh Emmanuel with you.


Things have changed since clean water was restored to this community. The presence of this precious commodity has allowed people to practice everything we taught during hygiene and sanitation training last year. People used to live with no regard to cleanliness, but now they are ashamed to leave their homes dirty in the morning.

Things happen on time now because it is not wasted fetching water. Children arrive at class on time, and families are able to get dinner on the table before dark.

Pump caretaker, Ramatu Kamara, witnessed all of these changes. Her only concern is that people should start digging drainage around their households to make sure water doesn’t puddle. Pooled water attracts mosquitoes, and she wants to keep the risk of malaria low.

Since we heard this concern from Mrs. Kamara, we gathered some of the church and community leadership together to talk about the need for good drainage. We’ll follow up with their progress during our next monitoring visit.

Mrs. Ramatu Kamara is the pump caretaker who keeps us updated with how her community’s well is working.

Restoration of the well is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

We also met 9-year-old student Amara Conteh at the well to talk about the changes he has seen in his own life.

Amara Conteh

“Education has become a little bit easier for me. When the water well was not renovated like now, we use to fetch water under high risks from an open well with ropes to draw from it. We wasted more time to fetch water, and sometimes was too late for school. The school authorities don’t care to know if it is because you are trying to fetch water that makes you late, they will just mark you late and that affected my results,” Amara said as he reflected on the transformation.

“But now that your organization has upgraded this well, we can boast of going to school on time and to the sensitization you gave to our people we are the first priority in the community!”

People let Amara and other students get their water first because they are all aware of how important school is for their children.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This functional well in Rotifunk Community is changing many lives.

This is not possible without the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

Read more about The Water Promise and how you can help.


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Victory Evangelical Church maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Victory Evangelical Church – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise!

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Contributors

Project Underwriter - A.L. Williams, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.
The Roney Family Foundation
2 individual donor(s)