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The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Community Members
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Well In Need Of Rehab
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  School Logo
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Saimah Kamara
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Mr James S Thullah
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Students In School Grounds
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Kids Carrying Water
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Cleaning Fishing Net
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Sorting Fish
The Water Project: Pewullay Primary School -  Fresh Caught Fish

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 311 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/31/2019

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The well at Pewullay Church of God (COG) Prophecy Primary School was constructed by the community years ago. We have monitored this well on a quarterly basis through the years and have recently noticed that the water table has dropped and the community population has increased, causing there to be major shortages of water.

The source was intended to support both the school and the nearby community, but there are months of each year when it serves neither. People must turn to a nearby swamp to meet their water needs. That means they are now drinking from the same water source where clothes are cleaned and from which animals drink. This open and unprotected source is totally unsafe for drinking.

Packaged water is always available as long as an individual has the necessary buying power. This alternative still isn’t ideal, since packaged water is not closely regulated.

One major consequence is how the students lose valuable study time. When kids leave school to find water in other communities, they are pushed to the back of the line and as a result, they spend most study time waiting for access to water.

Secondly, hygiene and sanitation are compromised because of water shortage. The handwashing facilities are often without water and even the floors cannot be scrubbed regularly. So, diseases are easily transferred due to hand contact among the pupils.

The good news is that the well (seen below) is cared for properly and treated with chlorine every three months. That means that a safe, reliable source is possible if we just drill deeper.

“I must say that we are been impeded in maintaining good hygiene and sanitation by acute water shortage in this school. But I am sure that if we have a reliable water source, we are sure to maintain a hundred percent hygiene and sanitation status,” Mr. Seimah Kamara, a teacher at the school, said.

Pewullay is a rural community and most of the buildings are made of locally produced mud blocks with cement plastering. These are arranged in straight lines along the roads in the community. However, there are a few urban neighborhoods on the outskirts of this community, suggesting that in the coming years this community will experience some urbanization.

Presently, this community is very peaceful during the day because most of the able-bodied individuals are at their various livelihoods. Some of the parents of the children at the school are fishermen. So, some of the children are expected to go to the beach to assist with the fishing business of drawing in nets, sorting fish and helping their parents.

What we will 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.

Project Updates


11/05/2018: Pewullay Primary School Project Underway

Dirty water from the swamp is making the students attending Pewullay Primary School sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to provide a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this school through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


The Water Project : sierraleone18281-students-in-class


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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.



Contributors

1 individual donor(s)