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The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Well In Need Of Rehab
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Students Outside
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Sign
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  School Scourts Club
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  School Building Back
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Ongoing Lesson
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Olivia Sesay
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Mr David B Conteh
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Building Under Construction
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Rowana Junior Secondary School -  School Canteen

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 217 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2019

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Community Profile

The Rowana Development Agency was formed by a group of people who wanted to help alleviate suffering in Kirma Community. One of its first endeavors was the construction of Rowana Junior Secondary School in 2010. The school started with just 19 students in the first grade, and two years later the second and third grades were instituted. The current student population is 200; 120 girls and 80 boys.

There is an observed cordiality and respect between teachers and students that seems to be a recipe for success here. With several awards and recognition under its belt, the school prides itself with having some of the brightest minds.

Despite the success of the school, it does not have a water source. The well that is on the school grounds was never completed. It has sat unused for nearly a decade.

“Two organizations have put their hands together to help us achieve our goal of providing safe drinking water to our students and both have failed,” said Principal David Conteh.

With a limited clean and safe water supply, the students are subjected to drinking water from less desirable sources like the swamp and stream. The closest water source is a stream that everyone, including students, fetches water from to meet all of their water-related needs. Students must even cross the dangerous Port Loko highway to reach it.

The water point is accessed by animals of every breed. There are swamp rats that frequent the water source and, they’re the main destroyers of rice and other vegetables that are planted in the area.

The students suffer as a result of using water from this source. The water is unsafe for consumption and leaves the students at risk of contracting waterborne illnesses. Furthermore, the lack of water on school grounds means that latrines and classrooms are not regularly cleaned. It is an added inconvenience that impacts girls the most.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump base 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 to transform the bottom of this hand-dug well into a borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the new stainless steel pump, a process that we know will also improve the quality of water.

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

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 teachers and students how to build a tippy tap (a handwashing 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 build up a water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They will enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.

Project Updates


04/25/2019: Rowana Junior Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Rowana Junior Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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 news of success!


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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

Helsingør Gymnasium
Harrison Family Charity
Year 11 Advisory Team 2019 PCSSC
Gift in Honor of the Grau's
Gift in Honor of the Grau's
Marks Paneth Campaign for Water
For our Papaw
RMS Water Challenge 2019
Alan's Campaign for Water
15 individual donor(s)