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The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Woman At Work
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Pa Alie Dumbuya
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Mr Foday M Kamara
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Well In Need Of Rehab
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Household
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Children
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Children
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Lifting Water To Carry Home
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mondor Community -  At Open Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/15/2018

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Community Profile

Mondor is located at the far west of Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, not too far away from the coast. It is a very rural community with most of its vegetation untouched. It can be very quiet, particularly when the majority of people are on their farms or at the coast fishing, and the kids are at school. The buildings are mostly made of mud blocks and arranged in a straight line on opposite sides of the major roads.

Mondor Community depends on one protected hand-dug well, but a drop in the water table means that this well is dry for part of the year.

When this well gets dry, the community is forced to fetch their water from the swamps. The water is disgusting.

They share this source with animals from the nearby wilds, which makes the water very dangerous for human consumption. It is also dangerous because of the snakes that live in the brush and the swamp itself.

Another option around here is packaged water, but it is often too expensive for people to afford on a regular basis. And although packaged water is supposed to be regulated, there are vendors who slip under the radar. Also, the storage of the packaged water by vendors is not always hygienic.

This community needs water for more than seventy-five percent of its domestic activities. That is, safe water is needed for drinking, cooking, bathing etc. If water is not available in the homes, some people begin to experience sicknesses such as headaches, loss of energy, and sore throats.

Also, water scarcity causes dirtier homes. Proper hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing, bathing, cleaning of certain areas with water, are compromised. And this gives rise to the existence of skin diseases in communities.

“It is certain that we have a very poor state of hygiene and that I want to blame partially on the shortage of water in this community and to a larger extent on our very traditional attitude towards sanitation in general,” Foday Momoh Kamara said.

“Handwashing, for example, is very uncommon not because of lack of water but because we take it for granted that germs won’t kill us.”

When people get sick they are not strong enough to go to work, which has a huge impact on households that need to sell today to eat today.

What we can do:

Training

There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row. We will teach about good and bad hygiene, penning in animals, and building good tools like handwashing stations and dish racks. Most importantly, the trainer will emphasize the importance of having and using even basic pit latrines.

Well Rehabilitation

We see that there’s been a drop in this area’s water table and the well is going dry. We feel it is important to convert this hand-dug well to a borehole at the bottom, thus giving this community a year-round source of safe drinking water.

We will be hand-drilling a borehole down inside this hand-dug well. The community will host our drill team for days at a time, and may also provide labor. Women will volunteer to cook rice for the team and the other community volunteers.

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

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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.



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