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The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Community Members At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Head Teacher And Students Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Staff At The Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  School Staff Celebrate At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students At The Well Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Drink Water From The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Happy For Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Play At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Child Health Heroes Teaching About Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Community Members Handwashing During The Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Head Teacher Making Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Lesson From The Hygiene Facilitator
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  School C T A Chair Making Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Setting Up The Tripod
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Student Leads The Toothbrushing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Student Makes A Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students And Community Members Make Tippy Taps
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Leading The Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Listen During The Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students In School
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Class Time
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Well In Need Of Rehab
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Back Of School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Bath Shelter And Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Bai Bangura
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Head Teacher Francis M Kamara
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Mosque
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  School Field
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Tailor
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Lungi, Mamankie, DEC Mamankie Primary School -  Woman Drying Clothes

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 376 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2020

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/09/2020

Project Features


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The Mamankie DEC Primary School is located in the rural community of Mamankie with the majority of the residents dependent on farming and fishing. When schools are closed one could hardly see children playing around the village. This is because the parents take them along when going for their farming and fishing activities.

The Mamankie community is very much vegetated with big trees covering most of their houses. Some buildings in this community, including the school and the only health post, are modern buildings. More than half of the houses are built from mud blocks with cement plastering with zinc roofs whilst few are still olden days buildings with mud blocks, unplastered.

The school was first started by the present Head Teacher Mr. Francis Momodu Kamara with some village heads in the year 1998. During that time, the enrolment was 14 students. They used a mud block house in the village as a school. The school expanded in 2000 due to significant support from the national government. Student enrollment began to grow and today more than 350 students attend.

A normal day of a student attending this school differs from that of a student attending school at the urban area. In the earlier hours of the morning, the school going kids will rise to fetch water either at close by wells or the stream and help their parents with some domestic work at home. Some will even accompany their parents to their farms before coming to prepare themselves for school. A couple of them do go late for school because of the activities they engaged in before leaving for school.

But water during the school day is a challenge for the students. The well on the school grounds runs dry for months at a time. So, the students must turn to other sources in the community – leading them to lose time meant to learn to fetch water.

“At certain times of the year, when this school pump dries up, we must take the little grown-up kids from the school to fetch drinking water at other water sources every day,” said Head Teacher Kamara.

“This will make the kids miss part of their school lesson for that day. This is what concerns me the most.”

The well is also shared with the local community. People are able to use it when school is not in session since it is primarily for the students. That means that the households near the school must also seek out alternative water sources during the periods when the well runs dry. They too lose valuable time and energy trying to get water.

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 school 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 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 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.

Project Updates


04/03/2020: DEC Mamankie Primary School Project Complete!

Please note, all photos in this report were taken before social distancing recommendations went into place.

We are excited to share that there is a safe, reliable water point at DEC Mamankie Primary School in Sierra Leone that is already providing clean water to students and neighboring community members! We also conducted hygiene and sanitation training, which focused on healthy practices such as handwashing and using latrines.

Clean Water Restored

The team was moved to the school in the afternoon. Luckily, some community members were around, and they teamed up with the school staff to welcome the team. The school compound is very isolated and the only option for lodging was inside one of the classrooms. The school provided the team with a cook who stayed very close to the compound for the 3 days they worked on the project.

Here is how we restored clean, reliable water here:

– Raised the tripod

– Found the original depth

– Socketed the pipes

– Installed casing

– Lined up the drill rods

– Drilled!

We reached a final depth of 18.7 meters with the water at 13.3 meters. The hand-drill method allowed the team to install the cylinder far below the aquifer so that the community has great water access throughout the year.

– Installed screening and filter pack

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

– Bailed the well by hand for 3 days and flushed it

– Tested the yield

– Built a cement platform, walls, and drainage system

– Installed a stainless steel India Mk11 pump

– Conducted a water quality test

After everything was done, we scheduled a formal dedication ceremony with the school. Everyone was curious to see the flow of the water and have a taste of it. This was a wonderful and very exciting scene to witness, reported our field officers.

People then formed a line around the well. Singing and dancing engulfed the whole exercise. The beneficiaries sang thanksgiving songs in honor of the donors and the organization. Signs of appreciation were written all over their faces as people were in their widest smiles. They were very happy to have safe water in their school.

The community teacher association chair of the school was equally thrilled with happiness and stated that this project will not only be for them but the coming generation. He was again very grateful to the organization and sponsors for this philanthropic gesture.

A schoolgirl also shared her thanks for this project. She tracked back and highlighted several constraints confronted by the students in the past when going to fetch water – such as the long walk to the swamp – and how these challenges would now come to an end.

New Knowledge

Before conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to better understand the challenges and lack of sanitation facilities in the community. We brought the findings from our baseline survey to the attention of the committee to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training or drilling could commence. When all the necessary guidelines were met, only then did our team of hygiene trainers go to conduct the training.

Based on the prevailing hygiene and sanitation of the school as highlighted in the baseline survey, the team decided to embark on a 4-day training which was segmented in phases. The first 2 days focus on the training of teachers and the child health club. The third day is for the whole school and the last day the child health club together with the teachers train the community.

The first 3 days of training took place in the bigger classroom which was more spacious to contain the crowd of students and the teachers. The classroom had neat and clean benches positioned based on the height of the kids. This gives a very clear view of all the participants present. The venue was very much ideal for the learning process. The community training was held outside the school under the mango trees planted outside. The weather was very friendly throughout the exercise.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps; good and bad hygiene; disease transmission and prevention; worms and parasites; proper care of teeth; proper care of the pump; keeping the water clean; the cost recovery system; dishracks and clotheslines; the importance of toilets; keeping the latrine clean; balanced diets; the diarrhea doll; and HIV and AIDS.

The participants were involved in group work, poster analysis, and songs. They were instrumental especially in the group discussion and they were also fully involved in the making of the tippy taps. The training exercise was very interesting as nearly everybody was excited. What made it even more exciting was the traditional handwashing demonstration in which people came out in 3’s to show the different handwashing techniques. This was great fun, interactive, and interesting.

“The training provided sound information on the importance of hygiene and sanitation. Especially for people like us in this rural setting, good hygiene means healthy lives. And with the knowledge gained in this training, we will be able to change our lives and live a healthy one. Best hygiene practices enhance long life and speedy progress in any community,” said Alhaji Yansaneh, a teacher at the school.

“We are thankful for your contribution.”

The teachers will continue their training of the students by incorporating our lessons into their regular curriculum throughout the year. To aid in this, the teachers were given the materials from training to use in their classrooms as they see fit.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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02/03/2020: DEC Mamankie Primary School

Dirty water is making students in DEC Mamankie Primary School sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the narrative 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.


Contributors

Project Sponsor - Moxley Family Foundation