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The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Adama Godwin
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Celebrating
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Children Play At The Well
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Children Play At The Well
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Children Play At The Well
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Dedication
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Dedication
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Dedication
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Dedication
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Deen Mansaray Land Owner Laeding Prayer
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Drinking From The Well
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Old Woman Happy For Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Well
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Well Materials
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Children At The Training
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Community Members At The Training
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Community Members Hold Training Materials
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Hygiene Instruction
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Hygiene Training Session
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Mr Deen Mansaray
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Nurse Sallay Kai Turay
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Participation In The Training
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  People Listen During Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Tippy Tap Construction Stations
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Tippy Tap Construction
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Tippy Tap Demonstration
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Mosque
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Latrine Inside
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Household
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Dishes Drying Outside Of Kitchen
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Sabiatu Mansaray
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Mohamed Kanu
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Rain Water Storage Unit At A Household
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Clothes Out To Dry
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Fati Bumpy
The Water Project: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/24/2019

Project Features


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The well at 8 BB Kamara Street is a model for a properly maintained water point. The 280 people in this community people prefer fetching water from this water point because the owner allows everyone to fetch free of charge, and when the pump breaks down he uses his own money to make repairs. The water from this water point is always chlorinated and the pump area is kept clean.

There is just one problem: It goes dry for three months out of the year.

The well owner must strictly ration water, forcing people to seek alternate sources like this open well:

These three dry months in the area expose people to unsafe drinking water, causing an increase in cases of waterborne illness for the community.

The owner of the well has volunteered to gather the manpower that is needed to see this project through. His family is going to cook and launder the clothes for the drill team.

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul is dry for three months every year and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump will be removed, and a hand auger will be lowered inside and powered by a drill team. 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 all seasons.

As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming the bottom of this hand-dug well into a 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.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training

There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.

No handwashing stations were observed here. After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.

These trainings will also strengthen the water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.

About the Community

It is an urban area with a bustling business community just a few minutes down the road from the Port Loko motor vehicle park. Noise is in high supply as people quest for their daily bread. People move about the community all throughout the day and night.

Every compound is surrounded by green vegetation ranging from fruit trees to varieties of vegetables. The fruits and vegetables on private properties are well-guarded because in this part of the country, everything is for sale. The beautifully covered green landscape shows you it is still the rainy season. Puddles of water settle along the street and corners of some homes, making it an obstacle course when on foot. The footprints and motorcycles tire marks are all calculated to prevent treading in puddles of water.

To be considered a well-to-do family, living in a house built with cement blocks is most of the time considered a prerequisite. The homes made from blocks with cement plastering have the luxury of enjoying cool interiors during the dry season.

The construction and provision of electrical facilities have greatly improved the lives of most of the community members. Fans and refrigeration facilities are now available to the common man, at certain times during the day and night one can enjoy a cold drink of water or sit in front of a cool breeze.

Project Updates


07/22/2019: Kasogha, 8 BB Kamara Street Project Complete

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable water point at 8 BB Kamara Street that’s already providing clean water to community members! Hygiene and sanitation training was also conducted with community members, which focused on healthy practices such as washing hands and using latrines.

Clean Water Restored

The drill team made sure all the equipment and supplies were checked and double-checked before moving to the site one day before the drilling took place. A specific location not too far from the well was chosen and cordoned off from being accessed by the community members to avoid any accidents during the construction process. The team set up camp to stay for the duration of the construction.

Here is how we restored clean, reliable water here:

1. Raised the tripod

2. Found the original depth (for this well, we measured 15.15 meters)

3. Socketed the pipes

4. Installed casing

5. Lined up the drill rods

6. Drilled!

The team removed the hatch cover first thing in the morning and lowered a temporary 6 inch PVC pipe through the open hatch to the bottom of the well. The bucket auger drill bit was connected to the drilling rod and lowered inside the temporary casing to the bottom of the well. Each drilling rod is 18 feet long. A team member pulled a rope through a pulley to raise the rod out of the casing so that two team members could empty the bucket.

The drilling was stopped at a total depth of 24.54 meters. The team was very confident that the reached total depth would produce the desired quantity of safe, clean water that will pass the water quality testing and serve the community throughout the year without drying.

7. Installed screening and filter pack

8. Cemented an iron rod to well lining, and fixed it with an iron collar at the top

9. Bailed the well by hand for three days and flushed it

10. Tested the yield

11. Built a cement platform, walls, and drainage system

12. Installed a stainless steel India Mk11 pump

The hand-drill method allowed the team to install the cylinder far below the aquifer so that the community can have great water access throughout the year.

13. Water quality test

The dedication took place on a Monday afternoon, a day of movement.

People are usually out at that time, often looking for work opportunities. The team had to make house calls to gather people from their various homes to participate in the dedication ceremony. The ceremony was conducted in Krio, the native language that is common to all the different tribes in Sierra Leone.

“In the past, the rationing of water brought the fights but now clean, affordable, and accessible water is going to be available, thanks to you,” said Dean Mansaray, head of the water user committee.

“I am going to sleep very good at night knowing that after a hard day’s work I can come home to peace and quiet.”

New Knowledge

Dean Mansaray was notified of our pending hygiene training a week ahead. Word spread slowly, but by the third day of training, the turnout was even better than we anticipated with more than 150 people in attendance.

The training was held under a cashew tree at the compound of the chairperson of the water user committee. A hot weekday afternoon with no place to hide from the burning sun made the training close and personal. The seats were placed snuggly together to allow everybody under the tree.

It is difficult to get people away from their cozy and comfortable homes to sit through a lecture about health. Most people are under the impression that the water is for free so there was no reason to attend. But there is something in the lessons that each person can benefit from, so we require at least one representative from each household.

The topics taught are based on the information gathered from our baseline survey. The order they are taught is not reflective of their importance but rather our ways of targeting hygiene issues in an easy way for the community to grasp.

Training topics covered included:

  • The importance of handwashing
  • The construction of tippy taps (used for handwashing)
  • Good and bad hygiene
  • Healthy and unhealthy communities
  • Disease transmission stories
  • Diarrhea
  • Dish racks
  • Keeping the water clean
  • Proper care of the pump
  • Importance of having and using a latrine

An old woman blind in one eye, deaf, and mute, stood up and took part in the good and bad hygiene portion of the training. She is an example of the importance of immunizations at an early age. Her parents had neglected to take the proper precautions to inoculate her and over her younger years, she developed measles which caused irreversible damages to her health.

Tippy tap construction

Sallay Kai Turay is a retired nurse who uses the well for water. She expressed her gratitude for holding the training so that other people can do things that will improve their health.

“I am a retired nurse and have been blessed with knowledge about hygiene and sanitation. I have witnessed a lot of lives being lost and lots more that could have been saved only if precautions had been taken,” she said.

Sallay Kai Turay

“The daily choices people make influence their health and the health of their children. This training was a discovery process on how diseases are transmitted in the community. I pray and hope that the people will try to eliminate or minimize the infestation and infection rate of preventable illnesses.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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05/14/2019: Kasongha, 8 BB Kamara Street Project Underway

We are excited to let you know that thanks to your generosity, we have the opportunity to restore reliable clean water to a well in Kasongha. We also plan to hold training on hygiene and sanitation to teach families about how to live healthier lives.

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


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Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


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