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The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Sheika Kamara
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pa Borbor Kamara
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  A Year With Water
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  A Year With Water
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Chief Pa Komrabai Bangura
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clean Water Celebration
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Painted Well
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Painting
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Painting
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Painting
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Testing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Testing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Flushing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Flushing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Flushing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Training
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Latrine Inside
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Latrine Outside
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Chicken
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Animal House
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Kitchen Inside
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Unprotected Well
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Seasonal Well When Working
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Seasonal Well When Dry
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Salt Processing
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Smoking Fish
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Mending Nets
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Household
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Household
The Water Project: Rogbere Community -  Community Members

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 436 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/04/2019

Project Features


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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

This is a busy fishing community full of fishermen, traders and boat-makers coming from the four surrounding islands. There is activity all hours of the day with women, men and children each trying to get the things they need to survive for the day. Every morning the routine begins all over again; getting up all hours of the day and night has become so normal. With such crowded households, some men and women even prefer to sleep outside.

The bustling life at the village is too much for the older men and women who decide to find other sources of income, they have endured their days of hard labor and it is now the young peoples’ turn. The elderly have decided to take less tasking jobs like boiling salt water to process salt. The process is passed on from family member to family member. The salt that is produced lacks iodine, so many of the people who use it develop goiter.

Water Situation

There is a protected well that we monitor in the village, but the overcrowding is unbearable for many busy community members. There are even residents of other nearby islands who bring their boats over to fetch water. Most times, locals will justify their need to use the open, unprotected well that is much closer to the wharf. People from that area find the distance and easy access much more attractive than walking to and waiting at the safe water source.

This open, contaminated well has an open hatch for the majority of the day, and there is not a minute that goes by when it sits unused. A string has been tied to an empty container, and that container has been cut at the top to allow water to enter more quickly.

With hundreds living in and coming in and out of Rogbere, it’s important there be a sustainable, year round safe water source. However, our monitoring of the protected well has revealed a rocky history. Beyond our visits, we’ve also gotten calls from community leaders asking for repairs. Our repair teams have visited and found that it’s not just a simple problem with the pump; it’s actually low water level that is rendering this water unusable during the dry season. Community members share that this well is dry from March to early August, and during those months they have no alternative but to lower the bucket into the other unprotected well or walk to the swamp for surface water.

Water is fetched and stored in open barrels and drums which are most often used to clean the daily catch. Fishing communities like this one produce some of the dirtiest water containers; whether they be used for cleaning, cooking, or drinking.

Sanitation Situation

The latrines for fishermen that live in this community are either the edges of boats or the beach. For the homes that are far from the wharf, bags are sewn together and suspended between sticks to serve as walls, and a hole is dug in the ground. There is no roof and no cover over the pit, and timber is thrown over the hole for the person to “walk the plank.” Because of these poor bathroom conditions, open defecation is a huge issue in Rogbere. The waste that isn’t properly disposed of can spread to other locations and endanger the entire community.

The children are most affected by poor hygiene standards; some of them are left with no clothes to scavenge for leftover fish and crabs.

There are no hand-washing stations in any local households. Only a quarter of homes have helpful tools like clotheslines and dish racks to dry belongings safely up off the ground. Most of the garbage here is thrown into the sea.

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 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. The same thing will be done for dish racks.

Other sessions will teach about how important it is to have a well-built and well-cleaned latrine. They should have roofs and the pit should be covered when not in use. Before construction work can begin, every single household must have their own pit latrine.

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 is dry from March to August and 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 sufficient water column that 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: Rogbere Community

A year ago, generous donors helped restore water to a well in Rogbere 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.


A Year Later: Rogbere Community

September, 2018

“But the coming of this organization in our community restored my life and also the taste of clean and safe water.” – Borbor Kamara

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Rogbere Community.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Rogbere Community 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 in Rogbere 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.


Before the intervention of this project last year, this well was often abandoned due to water shortages during the dry season. That was why people normally suffered from cholera, diarrhea, malaria and typhoid. But since the coming of this project in this community, the reported cases of these illnesses have decreased to zero.

“I had lived more than forty years in this village drinking swamp water. I had never had a taste of clean, cool and safe drinking water,” shared Borbor Kamara.

“But the coming of this organization in our community restored my life and also the taste of clean and safe water.”

From left to right: Sheika Kamara, Omoh Emmanuel, Borbor Kamara

Mr. Kamara is now the pump caretaker, and lets us know whenever our team needs to come out to make repairs.

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.

“This project has caused a lot of changes in my life. I can say that I am the luckiest student in this community. This project benefits me both in the primary school I am attending, as well as my community,” said Sheika Kamara, a 15-year-old student at DEC Primary School.

Sheika Kamara

“Before, when I come from school, I didn’t care to find water and launder my uniform. But now, I launder my uniform every day,” Sheika added.

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 Rogbere 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 Rogbere Community 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 Rogbere Community – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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Contributors

Project Sponsor - The Sunbridge Foundation - Jim and Catherine Allchin