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The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Bathshelter
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Zainab Kamara
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Well To Be Rehabed
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Well In Need Of Rehab
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Students Pose
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  School Libeary
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  School Canteen
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Preparing To Carry Water Home
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Martin Koroma
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Learning
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: Kamasando DEC Primary School -  Community Latrine

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/01/2019

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Usually, when Kamasando DEC Primary School experiences water shortages, they are compelled to take kids out in search of water because they cannot afford to go without some. There is a well on the school grounds, but it does not work all year long.

People have to queue for long hours waiting for their individual chances to collect water due to the low discharge rate throughout the year. This causes overcrowding and some groups of people, such as school pupils and employees in the early shifts, to give up waiting and go to their schools and workplaces respectively.

Both the teachers and the kids miss valuable lesson time in the classes due to the problem. This results in the loss of study time and poor performance on the part of pupils in the public exams.

This well gets chlorinated quarterly and there are good controls via the water user committee on the ground. They have a pipe so that only one person is inside of the well area at a time.

The latrines at the school are in a very good condition. The environment is enviable with all the rooms clean and floor dry. All the holes were covered with no flies and mosquitoes around. There were hand washing stations in all the rooms and all had water in them –  all positive signs that the school is prepared for taking care of its well and further improving their hygiene and sanitation status.

“I was actually very impressed with this school’s sanitation in their latrine,” our field officer said.

This community has undergone some urbanization as a result of migration. This means that most of its trees have been cut down to make way for new homes, and as a result, the community has lost most of its vegetation. The buildings are of varying types, but most are built of locally produced mud blocks, some with cement plastering and arranged in straight lines on opposite sides of the roads in the community.

This community can be peaceful and or noisy depending on the time of the day. When the kids are away in their various schools and other community members went to their various points of livelihood seeking, living behind their inactive relatives, the place would be peaceful and vice-versa.

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: Kamasando DEC Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Kamasando DEC Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to establish a clean, reliable water point and much more.

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


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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

Project Sponsor - Pineapple Fund